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How can I revive a totally dead venus fly trap?

14 years ago

A friend of mine gave me a fly trap (in what appears to be a cylindrical terrarium) in March and it slowly stopped growing traps (the stems would grow up high and sprout leaves - as if about to grow traps - then die) and turned black. I have dug it out of the soil carefully and put it in a ziploc bag to see whether the roots etc looked strong enough to grow back, and I'm going to give it a shot.

Does anyone know how to revive a totally dead fly trap - one too dead to get nutrients through insects?

I have read that I should use distilled water, a larger pot and a mixture of peat and sand for soil. Is this correct and will it be enough?

Thank you.

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