I Sell Venus Flytraps in My Store?
By Tim Dickey
When positioned well, Venus flytraps are fast-selling impulse items,
especially to curious kids.
Greg Wilson is the manager of The
Indoor Garden, a small plant shop located in Eugene, Oregon. His
shop carries a variety of carnivorous plants, but Wilson says the
Venus flytraps are the hottest seller of the bunch. He retails the
smaller 3-inch pots for $5.50, and the larger 4-inch pots for
$10.50, because they usually contain about four plants.
“The flytraps seem to sell all
the time. Everyone likes those because they really move.”
Venus Fly Trap
They move of the shelves, too.
Wilson says he orders around 20-25 carnivorous plants once or twice
a month during the summer months. This is when the plants look the
best, and upon selling them he instructs owners to grow them outside
in order to maintain their red luster.
But can they be grown inside, or at
least stay inside long enough to sell them? Wilson says, “They’ll
look good for a couple of weeks.” But he adds if the flytraps get
less than four hours of sunlight a day, they will fade in color and
grow spindly. (Florescent light is okay, if it’s not positioned
too close to the plant.)
How to Care for The Little Monsters
In caring for Venus flytraps,
remember that they are native to the Carolinas. This should help
guide your care of them for the short time that they remain in your
store! In general, keep them in a sunny to semi-sunny spot…hopefully
your register is near a window or door. Water them with bottled
water only, (you’re trying to avoid too many minerals, so
distilled water is best). Keep them moist, but not flooded.
Some of the Venus flytraps you may
have seen in mass-market stores sit in what Dean Cook calls “death
cups” for the lack of instructions and poor soil they contain. Many of Cook’s Carnivorous Plants come in 3”
plastic pots with domed lids that he recommends removing before
displaying them for sale. The plants arrive potted in sufficient
soil for their immediate needs, and growing instructions are always
Yes, you can retail Venus flytraps
in your store. At $2.50 wholesale, they are an affordable,
immediately interesting novelty that is easy to care for, and even
easier to sell.
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