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.
- 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