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If you walk into your neighborhood greenhouse or house plant retailer and you see a Fittonia plant, you will want to have it in your collection of indoor plants. It is an attractive, creeping plant with either red, pink or white veins throughout the leaf and hairy stems.

Fittonia Plant Care

Fittonia Plant

Other common names are Mosaic Plant, Nerve Plant or Painted Net Leaf. The larger leaf varieties can be difficult to grow and require a warm, humid environment. The dwarf variety, Fittonia argyroneura nana, is less demanding and may have a better chance at surviving the average household conditions.

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A native of the South American rainforests, Fittonia thrives in a somewhat moist, humid environment. You might want to try growing in a terrarium to keep the moisture levels higher. If that is not possible, try a humidity tray and group with other plants.

Pink Fittonia - Painted Net Leaf Plant

Pink Fittonia Plant

Temperatures for Fittonia should be kept above 65° F with 55° F the absolute minimum. Keep out of hot, direct sun. Bright diffused light is best for Fittonia.

This attractive plant is great paired up with other plants in a dishgarden layered with moss. This is a good option for raising the humidity, while creating an attractive display. Keep the moss moist by misting. The moist moss and additional plants will increase the humidity.

My Fittonia plant is the larger variety. Kept in a bathroom with no windows, it has humid air. The lights are a combination of incandescents and sunlamp. I leave these lights on for a minimum of eight hours everyday. It has done quite well and, to my delight, recently put out its tiny flowers, which lasted quite some time. It must enjoy the environment!

How To Water, Fittonia Plant Care

Keep potting mix slight moist, watering when the soil dries down about 1/4 of its depth. Do not let Fittonia dry completely as it may wilt dramatically. Water immediately if this happens and place in a shaded, cool spot until it revives. Please see sections on watering and lighting for your house plants to help keep your plants healthy.

A creeping plant, Fittonia can become very sparse as it grows. Cutting back stems in the spring will help rejuvenate the plant and encourage new growth as will pinching back new leaves occasionally throughout the growing season. Under the proper conditions, Fittonia will bear small white flowers.

Fittonia albivenis plant

Fittonia albivenis

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