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Nerve Plant - Red

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Fittonia Albivenus   

Other Common Names: Nerve Plant, Mosaic Plant, Fittonia

Fittonia 'Red' is a Peruvian native known for its mosaic-like leaves covered in red veins.  

Nerve Plant Care Tips:

Its common name comes from its dramatic habit of drooping visibly when it's thirsty. A lover of rainforest-like humidity, this little plant is great for terrariums and hanging baskets in the bathroom or near a humidifier.     

Keep soil constantly moist or nerve plant will dramatically droop it's leaves.   Bit of a drama queen.

It can grow up to 6 inches at typical height.

Common Issues:

  • Yellow leaves are a symptom of too much water. Too-frequent watering or poor drainage will cause foliage to turn yellow. Use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil that can lead to root rot.
  • Leaf drop is likely caused by cold temperatures or drafts from nearby windows. This tropical native prefers the same warm temperatures that you do.
  • Dry, shriveled leaves are a sign of dry air or direct sun exposure. Room humidity can drop drastically in the winter months. Use a room humidifier, if needed, and keep your plant out of direct sunlight.
  • Pests and diseases sometimes arrive with a new plant. It's a good idea to look over your houseplants regularly for insects, sticky honeydew or sooty mold. Aphids are the most common pest for a young plant, because they feed on new growth. Treat any infestation immediately and isolate any affected plant to prevent pests from moving on to your other indoor plants 

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