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Fittonia is often called the “nerve plant” or “mosaic plant” due to the bright, contrasting veins that run through the leaves. There are many cultivars of the nerve plant that feature many different styles of veining and foliage. The plant is native to the warm, humid regions of South America – especially Peru. This makes fittonia require care that is different compared to most houseplants.
The plant’s requirement for high humidity and moist soil calls for regular watering and misting. Soil also needs to be suitable for fittonia to keep the foliage healthy. Pruning should also be performed to keep the plant looking full and bushy, and to prevent the plant from wasting resources on boring blooms during its flowering stage.
- Keep plants in medium light locations, out of direct sunlight. Natural light is best, but some plants can also thrive in office fluorescent light.
- Plant soil should be kept moist at all time. Be careful to avoid overwatering. Do not allow plants to stand in water.
- Avoid wetting plant leaves excessively. A spray of water should help in case of flowering plants.
- Plants should be kept in a cool spot (between 18-28°C).
- Remove waste leaves and stems from time to time.
7 -10 cm