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Fittonia Plant Care

Posted by Hulya Mehmet on

Your Fittonia is a compact plant with striking patterned foliage. Fittonia are fairly easy to care for–they can tolerate a range of lighting conditions and like to be kept moist. They prefer humid environments and will benefit from regular misting.

 

Light

Your Fittonia prefers bright, indirect light. Lower light can cause it to lose some of its vibrant color and growth will slow. Too much light can burn the leaves.

Water

Your Fittonia loves water and to be consistently moist, but not soggy. Water thoroughly when the top 25% of soil is dry. If you let your Fittonia dry out too much, it will let you know with limp leaves. Not to worry! After a thorough watering, the leaves should soon perk up.

Humidity

Average household humidity is acceptable, but your Fittonia will appreciate higher humidity levels. You can boost the humidity with frequent misting, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. Another way to increase relative humidity is to group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area, creating a micro-climate.

Temperature

Your Fittonia will thrive in average room temperatures between 15-25 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heaters in the winter months.

Food

Feed every month from spring through the end of summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

Toxicity

FIttonia are non-toxic and pet-friendly!

Additional Care

Because your Fittonia loves humidity, it will thrive in a terrarium! To make a terrarium, get a glass jar with or without a lid, place a layer of gravel or rocks, and add soil. Plant your Fittonia and add more soil around the plant, watering slightly. Add multiple plants if space in your vessel allows. Terrariums hold humidity very well–your Fittonia won’t have to be watered as often as if it were planted in a pot.


 

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