August Little Plant: Fittonia Albivenis
Fittonia albivenis, is also called “nerve” plant or mosaic plant because of the intricate, nerve like patterns on their leaves, Fittonia is a tropical plant that needs warmth and humidity. It’s a great edition to a terrarium or cloche, but will require regular misting if you are growing it as a more traditionally potted plant. If you are a nurturer with a tendency to over water your plant, this is a great plant for you. If you’re not, don’t worry, planting your Fittonia in an enclosed container helps maintain the humidity for you so even the busy plant lover can enjoy them. Plant your Fittonia in traditional peat based potting soil, just make sure the soil can retain moisture without getting soggy. Fittonia need heat and humidity and will do best indoors.
Fittonia Albivenis are from tropical climates and require bright filtered light conditions similar to what they would get in a rainforest, but are susceptible to burns if they have too much light.. They can be placed near most windows, but be aware North facing windows might not be bright enough. You can also use a grow light to supplement, just make sure the light is still filtered and indirect. We recommend these if you need a grow light bulb.
Fittonia need humidity to flourish. If you are a hands-off plant person, this plant will be happiest in a contained environment like a terrarium or cloche, but can be grown in a pot if you keep the soil evenly moist with regular misting with warm water to maintain the humidity. Do not let the soil dry out between watering. Be sure to discard excess water from the tray to keep your plant from sitting on old water.
Do not fertilize your mini fittonia for three of four months after potting. After that time has passed, you can fertilize your plants with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength every two weeks.
Long Term Care
Re-pot your Fittonia Albivenis annually in the spring or early summer (if planted in a terrarium, replace in the same container with fresh soil). Always use fresh soil when repotting to avoid plant compaction and water logging. If your Fittonia collapses, it is likely a case of under-watering. Your plant will likely spring back to life if you make sure to thoroughly water it, though too much under watering will have an impact. If it’s leaves turn yellow or appear wilted it may be a sign of over watering. You may also notice fungus gnats hovering above the soil, to get rid of a fungus gnat infestation re-pot in fresh soil.
Fittonia plants are not toxic to animals.