Fittonia is a lovely plant with delicately veined, deep green leaves. Although the most popular vein color is silvery white, you can also readily find fittonia with veins in pink, white, and green. They are available as trailing houseplants or low-growing creepers that are perfectly fit for terrariums or bottle gardens.
Fittonia (nerve plant) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, native to tropical rainforest in South America, mainly Peru.The most commonly grown are F. albivenis and its cultivars. They are spreading evergreen perennials growing 10–15 cm (4–6 in) tall.
They bear lush green leaves with accented veins of white to deep pink and have a short fuzz covering their stems. Small buds may appear after time where the stem splits into leaves. Flowers are small with a white to off-white colour. Plants are best kept in a moist area with mild sunlight and temperatures above 55 °F (13 °C), therefore in temperate areas they must be grown as houseplants.Without water for a few days, this plant is known to "faint" but is easily revived with a quick watering and resumes its healthiness. Its spreading habit makes it ideal as groundcover.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
As the nerve plant originates in a tropical setting, it flourishes within a high humidity environment. Misting may be required to maintain humid-like conditions.
Fittonia nerve plant likes well drained moist soil, but not too wet.
Water moderately and let growing nerve plants dry out between waterings.
Use room temperature water on the plant to avoid shock.
Growing about 3 to 6 inches by 12 to 18 inches or longer, the 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.
Growing nerve plants should be placed in a warm area, avoiding drafts which will shock the plant just as water that is too cold or hot.
Think rain forest conditions and treat your Fittonia nerve houseplants accordingly.
Feed as recommended for tropical houseplants per the instructions of your fertilizer brand.
The trailing nature of the plant can lead to a straggly appearance.
Prune the tips of the nerve plant to create a bushier plant.
Fittonia Albivenis care
Fittonia propagates readily from leaf-tip cuttings. Take the leaf-tip cuttings in late spring or early summer, right around the same time you repot the plant. Make sure to include at least two growing nodes on the cutting to obtain the best results. Once you've potted up the cutting in a peat-based soil mix, you can expect fittonia cuttings to sprout roots within two to three weeks. Repot annually in spring or early summer, around the same time you repot the rest of your tropical houseplants. A healthy fittonia will quickly assume a sprawling growth habit, so if you have a large plant that you want to keep contained in a dish garden or terrarium, take leaf tip shoots for propagation, then root prune the parent plant and place it back into the same container with fresh soil.
Indirect or dappled sunlight. They also thrive under fluorescent lights. Don't expose to full sunlight.
Plants should be kept constantly moist, with high ambient humidity. Mist frequently or grow in a tray with pebbles and water.
Fittonia can be easily grown in conventional, peat-based potting soil. Make sure it can retain moisture, but will not remain soggy.
Average (around 70 degrees F). They can tolerate temperatures down to the mid-60s or into the low 80s.
Feed during the growing season with a weekly dose of weak liquid fertilizer or with controlled-release fertilizer.
Fittonia Albivenis uses
Frequently Asked Questions
How to propagate fittonia plant?
Cut the Fittonia stems 8-10 cm, selecting stems with 4 to 5 leaves.
Put some well-drained and nutrient-rich soil into the two plastic cups. The reason to use clear plastic cups is - to allow you to see the root development clearly.
Place the cut-stems about an inch down into the soil, and then pack the soil around the base of the stem.
Water the cuttings, place them into a plastic Ziploc bag, and then spray them with water.
Blow air into the bag to expand it so that the plants have room to grow. Once the air has been blown into the bags. Close the bags and place them below the fluorescent lighting or in indirect bright light.
How to grow fittonia plant?
Fittonia Plant is grown by cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- 1-3 hours of indirect bright sunlight or artificial bright light is required.
2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich.
3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July).
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Why is my fittonia plant wilting?
Wilting of leaves may be due to Insufficient light, less or overwatering, and cold temperature. So make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright indirect sunlight, water it when the upper layer of the soil feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.
What is a fittonia plant?
Fittonia is a genus of flowering plants in the Acanthus, family Acanthaceae
How to plant fittonia?
To plant consider the following points.
1. To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 5-7 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil which is rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot.
3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil.
4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives 1-3 hours of indirect bright sunlight or artificial bright light. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving 1-3 hours of indirect bright sunlight or artificial bright light.
2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water. General caring tips- Plant should get 1-3 hours of indirect bright sunlight or artificial bright light . Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June July).
How big do fittonia plants get?
It will grow up to 12-18 inches tall.
How to revive a fittonia plant?
Make sure your plant is getting 1-3 hours of indirect bright sunlight or artificial bright light. Water it when the upper layer (1-2 inch) of the soil feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.
Why is my fittonia plant dying?
It is maybe due to less or overwatering. Overwatering cause rotting of roots which leads to wilting of plant.
Saturday, 08 February 2020
Plants are alive but flowers have not come out as yet.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Plant came securely packed.Plant is good, no brown leaves. Hope it grows well