More commonly known as Nerve Plant, Fittonia are beautiful houseplants that don’t require much care and are quick to bounce back from neglect.
Light – Moderate to bright, indirect light is ideal. They can tolerate some low light but too much can result in these plants becoming leggy. Avoid direct light which can lead to leaf scorch.
Water – Fittonia prefer to stay evenly moist and should be watered once the top inch of soil is dry. They have a tendency to “faint” if they are too dry, but perk back up quickly once they receive more water. Avoid overwatering.
Soil – Moist, but not soggy, well-draining soil is key. Espoma Potting Soil is a great soil for Fittonias. Make sure the soil isn’t staying too wet. Add perlite increase draining or decrease watering.
Temperature – Temperatures between 65° and 80° are perfect. Do not expose Fittonias to temperatures below 55 degrees and protect them from drafts, especially during winter.
Humidity – While average home humidity levels are acceptable, Fittonia benefit from higher levels. A nearby humidifier, regular misting or a tray of pebbles and water are easy methods to increase humidity.
Fertilization – Feed once a month with a balanced fertilizer, like Bonide Liquid Plant Food, in spring and summer. There is no need to fertilize in winter.
Size – Fittonia average 3 to 6 inches tall but can spread 12 to 18 inches wide.
Repotting – Fittonia do not like being pot bound and should be repotted every 1 to 2 years into a container no more than 2 sizes larger than its current pot.
Propagation – Easily propagated via cutting.
Toxicity – Considered non-toxic to people and pets when ingested.