Fittonia (also called Nerve Plant) is a tropical foliage plant native to Peru and other areas of South America. Its unique green leaves with silver veins add diversity to your garden center's selection. Fittonia is a very easy plant to grow and requires very little maintenance. It works well in terrariums, as a houseplant, and in hanging baskets, and it even has some outdoor applications in warmer zones. Its low-growing, mounding habit allows it to perform well in smaller, stand-alone pots, too.
Your unrooted cuttings will arrive freshly cut. You will need to plant them immediately
and begin a misting cycle to root the cuttings. This will leech the soil of nutrients, so during the propagation phase use a constant feed of 1/3 the normal recommended dosage
of fertilizer until well rooted.
For best results with Fittonia, use a constant feed program of 200 ppm N
. A pH between 5.5 and 6.5
is important for the healthiest plant color.
Nerve Plant do not require pinching
, but you can trim larger baskets to maintain their shape if you want.
Space pots as needed for pot size. Normal 18" centered spacing is usually adequate.
HeightControlPlant growth regulators are not necessary
for Fittonia due to its very low growth habit.
are the most likely pest to be attracted to Fittonia.
Fittonia White Mini is not prone to many diseases, but don't oversaturate the soil
. If the plant sits in moist soil for an extended amount of time, you could end up with root rot or botrytis
. Botrytis grey rot is usually associated with wet or humid conditions. You can prevent botrytis by allowing the plant to dry out between waterings, allowing for good airflow in your greenhouse, and spacing to allow the sun to penetrate to the soil level. The most common chemicals used to treat botrytis and root rot are Medallion and Banrot. Use them as a drench according to each label's instructions.
Planting Fittonia White Mini Liners
- We recommend planting 3 start er plants per 4 inch pot. Use a well-drained soil in your pots and plant your starter plants deep, allowing the ellepot to be completely covered by the soil.
- Nerve Plant do not require pinching, but you can trim larger baskets to maintain their shape if you want.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families, but most can be described as tip cuttings (ivy are leaf-and-eye stem cuttings not tips) that stick nicely
in small plug trays such as the 105-plug tray we use (some varieties are better suited for a 50 cell tray, i.e. Angelwing Begonia, Bougainvillea, Setcrecea, etc.). Please do not order unrooted cuttings unless you are an experienced propagator with mist systems and proper temperature control.
Fittonia White Mini Quick Reference Guide
|4" crop time||10 Weeks|
|10" crop time||14 weeks|
|Perennial Zone||Zone 11|