Although the nerve doesn’t grow too large, it is a great conversation piece to have in your home. As they love humidity, you can choose to store it in a decorative terrarium to showcase it further.
|Common Name||Nerve Plant, Mosaic Plant|
|Habitat||The Fittonia's natural habitat is the rain forest.|
Mosaic Plant Varieties
As a plant that does well in terrariums, there are dozens of mosaic plant varieties that are available in a host of styles and colors. Here are a few popular cultivars:
The White Anne has more white in the leaves than green, while still maintaining the full look of the mosaic plant.
Ruby Red fittonias have red variegation instead of white, creating a look that is almost Christmassy.
Like the Ruby Red, the Pink Angel replaces the white variegation with the color pink, creating a unique look.
If you want a red plant, check out the Josan which contains very little green in its large, red leaves.
These rich green leaves are small with white veins and white splotches on the edges.
The Frankie has delicate pink leaves with green edges and some green foliage throughout the plant.
Fittonia Basic Care
Common Problems with Nerve Plants
As with all plants, there are a few potential problems that can plague your Fittonia. Here is what you should watch out for:
How to Propagate Mosaic Plants
If you have mastered how to keep your fittonia alive, you are likely able to propagate it easy enough. Spring is generally the best time to propagate.
After you prune your plant (or take cuttings specifically for propagation), plant the cut portion of the cuttings into a peat-based soil. Make sure to cover 2-3 of the growing nodes (these are marks on the stems where buds from which buds would potentially grow) to give your cutting its best chance to take root (which should happen in 2-3 weeks).
While you don’t usually need to use a growth hormone, you can add some to help ensure the rooting (or if your plant isn’t in an ideal location). Follow the same watering instructions you would for your main fittonia and place it in a similar environment.
How to Prune Your Mosaic Plant
Unless you are one of the few people who love the look of the fittonia flower, pinch back any buds to allow the plant to docus growing its beautiful foliage. If you manage to find the perfect conditions for your plant, it will grow quickly and may shoot off long stems in various directions. If the plant becomes too leggy, pinch off the ends to encourage a bushier plant.
Companion Plants to Fittonia
There are several plants that work well as companion plants the fittonia. These will include the following:
Also known as the “prayer plant” or the “living plant,” the calathea plant is well-loved for the way it closes its leaves at night due to a small joint between the stem and the leaf. The leaves can grow to be several inches long and come in several different variegated patterns. The calathea can also purify the air, helping to purify the air of several pollutants. The plant will also continually grow new leaves, keeping it looking fresh and new.
Orchids are not only delicate, but they are wild and exotic. With so many varieties, people can find a species that they especially love and want to showcase in their homes. The plant has simple leaves that have parallel veins that will vary in size. Stems will bloom several flowers that will vary in size and color depending on the plant. The flowers have two whorls. The outer whorl has three sepals and the inner whorl has three petals that look similar to the sepals. They do need a little extra care in order to thrive in your home.
Bird’s Nest Fern Overview
One of the key things that make the Bird’s Nest Fern interesting is that they are epiphytic, which means they can grow on the surface of other nearby plants. The slow-growing plants can grow to between 3 and 5 feet tall as well as 2 to 3 feet wide. All of the leaves grow from a central rosette that sits in the ground. The plants love humidity, moisture, and warmth and will grow a little faster and taller when kept in those conditions. The plants are native to Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Similar Plants to the Nerve Plant
There are a few plants that are similar to the nerve plant in that they can also do well in lower-light conditions. These will include the following:
Snake Plant Overview
Also known as “Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue,” the Snake Plant is a popular plant that can grow up to 4 feet tall with proper care. The plant is created with sword-shaped leaves the grow directly from the base. The leaves will vary in color between light and dark green as well as a bluish green. Not only is the Snake Plant a hardy plant that can grow in a variety of conditions, but it is also known as a plant that will help clean the air in your home.
Spider Plant Overview
Known for its ability to clean the air in your home, the spider plant is a plant that grows long, variegated stems. Colors range from green to cream to white depending on the variety. The plant also produces smaller versions of itself on long stems that can be easily propagated in a new pot. Many homeowners will place them on a higher shelf to allow the leaves and stems to drape down, but they also look great in a hanging pot.
Corn Plant Overview
Corn Plants are easy to care for and do well in both indirect light and shade. They are both simple and elegant, adding a bit of decor to any room of your home. The plant is named due to the foliage that resembles that of growing corn. The bright leaves are often variegated and can bring a fresh, tropical look to your home. While they can grow in lower light conditions, they will grow more slowly. If you can periodically move them closer to the windows during the growing season, you will be able to enjoy a larger plant.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Type of Container Should YOu Have for Your Nerve Plant?
Your fittonia has a shallow root system, so it can be kept in a compact pot. Make sure that there are drainage holes in your pot. I recommend placing a tray with pebbles underneath it. Not only will this catch the water after it drains, but the pebbles will also slow the evaporation process while creating a humid environment for the plant.
You can also use a self-watering container for your Fittonia, as it will help keep the soil moist, but won’t let the plant sit in water. Be sure to watch for stress signs for a few weeks if you opt for this option.
Repot every other year to refresh the potting soil and ensure that your root system has a little extra space as it grows. The ideal time to repot the plant is in spring or early summer.