Green Fittonia Plant

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  • Plant Height: 10 cm
  • Pot Included: Yes
  • Pot Width: 2 inch
  • Plant Spread: 6 cm

Fittonia Plant

The nerve plant, or Fittonia argyroneura, from the Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family, is a tropically found plant with striking leaves of pink and green, white and green, or green and red. Foliage is primarily olive green with veining taking on the alternate hue. 

How to care for Fittonia

HumidityAs the nerve plant originates in a tropical setting, it flourishes within a high humidity environment. Misting may be required to maintain humid-like conditions.

Light:  Fittonia nerve plant tolerates bright light to shade conditions but will truly flourish with bright, indirect light. Low light exposure will cause these plants to revert to green, losing the veins vibrant splashes of color.

Water: Water moderately and let growing nerve plants dry out between waterings. Don't over water this plant as this may lead to root rot . 

Soil: Well drained Soil . Use sand with your potting mixture to make soil well drained . Prefers slightly acidic soil (6.5); will tolerate alkaline soils also .

Temperature and Humidity: Nerve plant thrives at temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit but will tolerate a range from the low 60s to low 80s. These plants prefer humid conditions similar to those found in rainforests. Regular misting will keep the plants from drying out. In arid climates or during the dry months of winter, using a room humidifier may be helpful. Terrariums or bottle gardens are naturally moist environments well suited to the plant.

Fertilizer: Liquid fertilizer during the growing season every  month . Don't fertilize this plant in winters . 

Propogation:  Nerve plants propagate readily from leaf-tip cuttings. Take the leaf-tip cuttings in late spring or early summer, at the same time you repot the plant. Once you've potted up the cutting in a peat-based soil mix, you can expect roots to sprout within two to three weeks.

Toxicity: Jade plants are toxic to cats and dogs. While it is not lethal, ingesting any part of the plant may cause pets to become lethargic and nauseous. The plant is also mildly toxic to humans and can cause skin irritation as well as vomiting and diarrhea.

Common Problems

Loss of leaves : Leaf drop is usually the result of cold temperatures or drafts. Try to mimic the tropical conditions where this species naturally grows. 

Dry Leaves : Dry, shriveled leaves usually indicate that the plants are not receiving enough humidity, or are receiving too much direct sun. Use a room humidifier in winter when humidity levels can drop significantly. Keep your nerve plant out of direct sunlight.

Leaves turning yellow : This can happen often with overwatering. If you notice some rotting, it’s a clear sign you should reduce watering levels. In case the plant continues to decline even after you have cut the watering, check its root system. In case roots are healthy and white, repot the plant in fresh soil.

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