Fittonia Nerve Plant, Pink – 8.5cm
The nerve plant, or Fittonia Argyroneura, is a tropically found plant native to the rain forests of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Brazil. Striking leaves of dark green with pink veining hues, loves a terrarium environment with its high humidity. Fittonia typically grows to a height of 3 to 6 inches with a trailing spread of 12 to 18 inches.
Non-toxic to humans and animals.
Is not sold with ceramic pot shown in picture.
*Please note* Plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival unless they are dry.
Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for. West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny
Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.
High Demand – Before you water always feel the soil. The soil should always be moist as this plant loves water and does not like to dry out. However, they love the perfect balance between wet and
dry so if you squeeze the soil and water weeps out, then it is too wet to water again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.
Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.
These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C
Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.
In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.
Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.
Only fertilise this plant in its resting period if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant.
High humidity – This means keeping them in a warm, humid, draft free location. You can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.
Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less
perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.
As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.