Fittonia - Mini White
- Botanical Name: Fittonia Argyroneura
- Origins: Peru
- Light: Low Light
- Watering: Every 2 to 7 Days
- Growth Speed: Fast
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top
- Home Decor: Casual
- Variety Code: 130
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Product Description - Mini White
Fittonias are 8 inch-long creeping plants that require very warm, humid growing conditions, but they are worth the investment because their 2 to 4 inch oval leaves are so curiously and prominently veined; the patterns branch intricately like a nerve network. Fittonias begin to look straggly after they are about a year old, but new plants are easy to propagate. Fittonias are great learning plants:their leaves become obviously droopy and almost wilthed as a first sign of dryness. Upon watering, they spring back to normal within an hour. Overall, Fittonias are some of the best house plants on today's market. They are easy to grow, and their colorful textures add character to any home décor.
Plant CareFittonias grow best in the shadowless light of a north window; if only artificial light is available, provide at least 150 foot-candles. Fittonias flourish most handsomely in the humid atmosphere of a terrarium, but do reasonably well on a tray that has been filled with pebbles and water to increase the humidity to 50 percent or more. Night temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees and day temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees are ideal. Keep the soil moist at all times. Fertilize established plants monthly with any standard house-plant fertilizer diluted to one half the recommended minimum strength, but wait three or four months before feeding newly purchased or potted plants. Repot overcrowded plants at any season and propagate from stem cuttings in spring or early summer with a packaged general-purpose potting soil. Fittonia are generally pest free.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:15 |
posted by TC
I had one of these back in the 70's when I was a young engineer living in Chicago. It accompanied me through the winter.
When I moved to Cary, North Carolina, I left it outdoors one summer and it died.
Now 30 some years later, I am going to bring it to my life again.
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