The most common mistake when caring for nerve plants is to let the soil dry out. How do I know if and when I should repot? This makes it act like a mini terrarium until the cuttings have rooted. Is there any time you should repot a fittonia? by 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm.) Gently remove the plant from the container and shake off excess soil. What do nerve plant flowers look like? How to propagate Nerve Plant? As with most tropical houseplants, it’s a good idea to prevent watering with ice cold water. It is true that going from water to soil is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Nerve plants can survive a lot, but it takes a bit of attention and love to make sure they thrive. See more ideas about nerve plant, house plants, plants. Terrariums also help to create the perfect conditions for your nerve plant to grow colorful foliage and brightly-patterned leaves. These plants prefer humid conditions similar to that found in rainforests. Small miniature fittonia plants only grow to between 3” and 6” (7.5 – 15 cm) tall. The deeply veined leaves of fittonia albivenis have a trailing habit, which lets them spill over the edges of a pot or basket container. Vein plants grow well in moist soil that is well draining. Yes it’s fine to trim away the leaves that are damaged as long as you leave about 1/3 of the leaves on the plant. There are many types of Fittonia albivenis plants to choose from. If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with. This is especially economically advantageous as it allows commercial growers to clone a certain plant to ensure consistency throughout their crops. Because they are tropical rainforest plants, species of Fittonia albivenis need high humidity and moist soil. Growing fittonia albivenis is generally quite easy. Nerve plants need constant moisture in the soil if they are to thrive indoors. Carol. In this article, you will learn how to care for nerve plants and how to keep them healthy and free from disease. The main consideration for keeping it healthy is to manage the humidity. Just pin this image to one of your gardening boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later. They are hardy houseplants that thrive in typical room temperatures and moist soil. Why the drama? Some varieties of nerve plants have elongated tips and other types have lanceolate-shaped leaves. Whether you keep it in a terrarium or not, the plant needs a lot of light. Nerve plants grow well in typical room temperatures. Fittonia - the nerve plant - is a genus of flowering plants in the acanthus family Acanthaceae native to tropical rainforest in South America, mainly Peru. Watering with tepid water prevents “shocking” your delicate houseplant with cold water. In late fall and winter, you can stop feeding your plant because growth is only minimal. If this does not help, snipping the branches will make it bush out. Spring and Summer) simply take some leaf cuttings and place them into damp soil. but will tolerate a range from the low 60s to low 80s. Water regularly and you should start to see growth in no time. My plant has developed long skinny “branches” shooting straight up. The two main factors to consider when caring for a nerve plant are light and moisture. Should these be trimmed away? Nerve Plant Overview. It is also the perfect  choice for growing in terrariums where the level of humidity is naturally high. Leaves on these “branches” are tiny, tiny. Your email address will not be published. The plant does have blooms when it gets just the right conditions but is grown more for the leaves than for the flowers. Article by Balcony Garden Web. If you root them in soil, the cuttings may need a terrarium like covering to add humidity. My question is, will the flowering stem leaves grow into a full plant? Remember that room temperature will affect how quickly the soil dries out. One of the great things about having nerve plants as house plants is that they are easy to propagate. Make sure your plant is not in direct sunlight and the soil is neither soggy nor dry. Fittonia is a small genus containing 2 species of evergreen perennial plant from the Acanthaceae family. Cutting off the growing tips will make the plant bush out and get more full looking. Don’t over water, though, since the plant does not like wet and soggy soil. Originating from South America, they are found in tropical rainforest habitats. If you keep the plant in direct sunlight, it will dry out very quickly and you'll have to constantly water it. Nerve plants thrive in indirect sunlight or partial shade and need to grow in well-draining soil. They are spreading evergreen perennials growing 10–15 cm (4–6 in) tall, bearing green leaves with accented veins of white to deep pink and small white flowers. In order to tell you what is wrong, I would have to see the plant in your home personally. I replanted it an put the broke pieces in the soil. It adds a distinctive touch to indoor decor because nerve plant's rich green leaves are touched with bright pink, red, or white veins. Here are a few of the most popular nerve plants. Hi Zack, Taking cuttings of plants that have thin leaves like these can be a challenge, since they need higher humidity. Will Fittonia planted in a hanging basket develop a trailing appearance, much like ivies or ferns, or will it grow more upright? See more ideas about nerve plant, plants, planting flowers. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." Another care tip for fittonias is to keep them out of cold drafts. Insert a finger into the soil and if it is dry to about the first knuckle, give it a drink. There are several color varieties of fittonia. In the home environment, misting the plant is the best way to increase humidity. A North facing window is best. Usually, misting the leaves will quickly revive your tropical house plant. Nerve Plants grow outward more than upward, and their root system expands laterally as well, so to comfortably accommodate their growth, you should move them to a slightly larger and more voluminous pot every one to two years, completely replacing your potting medium each time you do so. It is very hard to do with thin leaved plants like fittonias, however. Growing about 3 to 6 inches (7.5-15 cm.) when i put my cuttings in soil, they almost immediately went limp. Keep it in bright, but indirect sunlight. If you want a small nerve plant to grow larger, you should avoid trimming back the roots when repotting. Hi Vickie. This pretty little indoor plant adds a distinctive touch to your home decor. Humidifiers are also helpful in winter when the household heating tends to dry the air. Active 2 years, 4 months ago. About 1/3 of the leaves appear burnt. The best way to get the best soil for a nerve plant is to ensure it is rich in organic matter. All types of fittonias are from the same botanical family as polka dot plants. The winter months are a slow growing time for most houseplants, so hold off on fertilizing at this time. In arid climates or during the dry months of winter, using a room humidifier may be helpful. These veins are always a different color than the rest of the leaf and can be white, pink or silver. The larger types of nerve (vein) plants grow to between 12” and 18” (30 – 45 cm) tall. There is quite a bit of variation in the veins and leaf colors of fittonia plants from pure white to deep crimson. In fact, they can be pretty sensitive to it. I don’t offer any advice for diagnosing problems on plants, because I can’t see them in person. Try moving it closer to a light source (gradually). You might try cutting off a plastic soda bottle an pop it over the cutting. Because nerve plant is a small houseplant, it’s perfect for homes and offices. The Nerve Plant is indeed a perennial, meaning that it continues to grow even after the spring and summer months. It’s also important to remember that too much water can lead to root rot. It will benefit from a weekly spray with a plant mister. There are several reasons why your nerve plant could look as if it is dying. HI Brian. Prolonged dehydration can be fatal to the plant so make sure that the plant is … A regular houseplant fertilizer has enough nutrients to keep your indoor plants growing well. Also I have a water globe in the pot. Like many tropical houseplants, the nerve plant loves humidity. However, don’t put it beside a heater because it could cause the soil to dry out and your vein plant could start to wilt quickly. Thanks! Under the right growing conditions, your fittonia will blossom with small flowers. When googling for Fittonia (nerve plant) care in pots or containers, you will probably end up with a pretty discouraging sentence that it is considered to be difficult.I couldn’t understand what exactly difficult could be about them, until I came across an explanation, that they used to be it before, but our day’s cultivars are well adapted to the indoors conditions. As long as you don’t over water the plant or let it dry out, it does fairly well. They can be grown as a houseplant under the right conditions, but do much better in a sealed terrarium container. So, avoid letting your fittonia sit in water. One trick that I have used it so cut off an old plastic soda bottle and use the bottom of it over the cutting. To care properly for any type of fittonia plant, you will need to fertilize it occasionally. Also, don’t have your pot sitting on a saucer of water. Because nerve plants are native to tropical rainforests area, direct sunlight is blocked by trees. Hi Jennifer. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Explore. For a larger variety of the plant, try growing  fittonia gigantea, which can grow to 24 inches and has purple stems with dark green leaves and deep red veins. Leaf cutting mean taking a leaf and inserting it into water or soil to root. Growing Fittonia Albivenis is very easy for beginners, since it doesn’t mind low light. It is possible the plant is not getting enough sunlight. The Gardening Cook is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Hi Joni. Nerve plants are known to quickly become droopy if the soil is allowed to dry out too much. 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