F is for Fittonia!

Fittonia argryoneura, commonly called Mosaic Plant, Nerve Plant or Fittonia, is an interesting, low-growing houseplant. Prized for its showy leaves with highly pronounced white, red or pink veins (coloration), Fittonia is a worthy addition in homes, offices, or dorms.

 

Fittonia is low maintenance and easy to grow when given the right conditions.

 

  • Light: low to medium light areas that offer some humidity are best. Consider using a pebble tray to increase humidity.

 

  • Water: soil should be allowed to dry just slightly between waterings. (This does not mean NO water.) And never let the plant ‘sit’ in water.

 

  • Temperature: avoid sources of direct heat – radiators, fireplaces. Cold, drafty locations should also be avoided.

 

  • Fertilizer: fertilize during the growing season with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer.

 

  • Repot: only when pot bound. And when you do, use an all-purpose potting soil.

 

  • Uses: terrariums, dish gardens, planters, hanging baskets in homes, offices, or dorms.

 

Did you know?

  • Fittonia is native to tropical rainforests in South America.

 

  • Leggy plants can easily be pinched back to encourage bushier growth.

 

  • Give Fittonia a summer vacation from Memorial Day through Labor Day, place in dappled light outside.