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Fittonias are popular houseplants with delicately veined leaves that can be red, pink, green or silvery-white in colour. They remain compact in size so Fittonias are usually great as eye-catching accents to shelves, desks, kitchen, bathroom or terrariums.

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Below is a general care guide for Fittonias which can slightly differ depending on variety.

Light & Temperature

Fittonias should be placed in a warm area, avoiding drafts that will shock the plant. Think rainforest-like conditions when caring for your Fittonias. They like partial to full shade to flourish. If these plants receive too much sun, the leaves will become scorched and begin to shrivel. They will also thrive under fluorescent lights.

Watering, Humidity & Misting

Keep your Fittonia appropriately moist at all times. Nerve plants are prone to collapse if they're too dry. Although it will recover quickly after watering, repeated stress will not be good for the long-term health of the plant. On the other hand, when left sitting in water, Fittonias might develop yellowed, limp leaves. ‘Barely moist’ but not soggy soil is key to keeping a Fittonia happy. 

Fittonia plants also enjoy high humidity. Without adequate moisture, fittonia leaves will quickly wither and wilt so it will definitely benefit from frequent misting.

Soil and Repotting

Use a standard houseplant potting mix. The soil should retain some moisture but should also drain well. Repot Fittonia annually and use fresh potting soil to prevent compaction and water logging. 

Propagation

Fittonia plants propagate readily from leaf-tip cuttings. Make sure to include at least two healthy nodes on the cutting for best results. Once potted, roots will sprout in 2-3 weeks.

Fertiliser

Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.

Toxicity

Fittonias are non-toxic and therefore safe around kids and/or pets. 

Possible Issues

Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Fittonia: 

Fungus gnats, mealybugs and aphids - When spotted, treat immediately insecticidal soap spray or neem oil. Keep affected plant isolated to prevent spread.

Dry leaves - This can be a sign of lack of humidity or too much sunlight. Increase misting or use a humidifier to boost humidity. Keep your Fittonia away from direct sun. 

Leaf drop - This is usually a result of cold temperature or drafts. Try to move your Fittonia to a warmer spot as in the tropics where this plant naturally grows. 

Yellow leaves - This is due to overwatering. Don’t allow your Fittonia to stagnate in water.