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In this guide to the fittonia we’ll run down how to get the best out of these colorfully veined leaves… They are relatively easy to care for, and do well in most households with just a few care needs…

Fittonia Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Keep the soil moist but not soggy, water it if the top 20% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:Well draining peat-based (or similar).
Temperature:18°C to 27°C (64-81°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Underwatering.


Fittonias are known for their funky foliage, the beautifully veined, but small leaves which grow wildly in parts of Peru have become a much-loved houseplant. This is a perfect small plant to add striking colored patterns.

Fittonia Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is best for a fittonia, they can tolerate lower light areas but they may lose some of their coloring.

How Often to Water

Keep the soil moist but not water-logged, so check your fittonia once a week and water it if the top 20% of soil is dry.


Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months.


Fittonia Soil

A well draining peat-based (or similar) potting compost will be great.

When To Repot

You can repot in spring. They grow to the size of the pot so you can plant them up a container-size or two to encourage bigger growth during the coming growing months.


50%-60% is ideal, fittonias do well in the higher end of household humidity for best growth, but they will be just fine in any normal home humidity levels.


18°C to 27°C (64-81°F) is ideal for growth.

Where To Buy

Try your local plants stores and support them where possible, if not you can try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Mosaic plant, nerve plant.

Fittonia Propagation

Fittonias can be easily propagated by taking cuttings of sections of the stems that include a node and putting them in wet sphagnum moss or water to root. Put the cuttings in a bright and warm place to encourage growth for up to two months until the roots have established. Then plant the cuttings up in soil.

How To Make A Fittonia Bushy

The best way to make your plant bushier is to cut back any stems that have become leggy. Then propagate the cuttings and plant back in with the main plant.

FAQs and Common Problems

Underwatering is a common issue for fittonias, they like to be kept moist, but not too wet. Another issue is color fading, and this is most likely due to lack of light, move it to brighter location with plenty of indirect sunlight.

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