The Venus Flytrap’s Seasonal Leaves

The Venus Flytrap’s Seasonal Leaves

Venus flytraps tend to produce two types of leaves: spring-summer leaves and summer-autumn leaves. Before we describe the details, you need to know a little terminology. The trapping part of a leaf (the part that looks like a clam) is called the lamina or leaf-blade. The long leafy part that connects the lamina to the ground is called the leaf-base. (A third leaf part, the petiole, is the little post that connects the leaf base to the lamina. Some people mistakenly refer to the leaf-base as the leaf petiole, but you look smarter than one of those people.)

Most photographs of Venus flytraps show the summer-autumn leaves. These are characterized by wide, short leaf-bases that lie on the ground. The traps are usually brightly colored red. In contrast, the spring-summer leaves have long, narrow leaf-bases and the leaves are held up in the air. The traps are often less brightly colored.

In the spring, the first leaves to form will be, obviously, the spring-summer leaves (the long and skinny ones, remember?). Here is where it gets tricky. If you grow your plant with insufficient light (a very common mistake), it will produce skinny, sick and unhappy leaves which are pale and reach for the light (just like a fashion model), regardless of what time of the year it is.

How do you tell if your plant is making happy, thin, spring-summer leaves or unhappy, thin, light-starved leaves? You can tell by the strength of the leaves. Plants that are weak from light deprivation tend to have floppy leaves that droop to the soil surface—normal spring-summer leaves are sturdy and stiff.

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  • MICHAEL MINCOLLA Reply

    Thanx
    Last winter my grandson and I decided to purchase a couple of Venus fly traps to replace the old one he had and died when he was younger. The ones we received were very small and not very good looking. We have followed very carefully the instructions that accompanied them. We are going to REPOT them in a couple of days, I hope that they will be better.
    The pictures of the Fly traps I’ve seen look a lot nicer than the ones we have. I decided to try and purchase a couple more to accompany the ones we have. Hopefully they will be larger and healthier than the ones we have.
    Keep in touch Thanx MIKE MINCOLLA

    February 19, 2022 at 2:59 am

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