Nerve plant

Dark green foliage with strongly contrasting white or red veins - that’s the nerve plant!
Common name : Nerve plant
Scientific name : Fittonia spp.
Family : Acanthaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Indoor
Indoor
Fittonia - the nerve plant - is a genus of flowering plants in the acanthus family Acanthaceae native to tropical rainforest in South America, mainly Peru. 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. The most commonly grown are F. albivenis and its cultivars - mainly as houseplants in temperate climates.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 1 - 60
pH 6 - 7

Plant my nerve plant

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my nerve plant

Water regularly in the fist weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Shelter my nerve plant

You have to shelter or protect this plant for the winter season.

Put outside my nerve plant

Take your potted plant out right after temperatures rise above 15°C.

Spray my nerve plant

Clean the foliage from time to time.

Take care of my nerve plant

Put your fittonia in a bright spot before winter. You will have to shelter it from the light when the warm days return.

Repot my nerve plant

Every two to three years, repot in a larger container. You some potting soil on a layer of gravel.

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