Red Nerve Plant | Fittonia verschaffeltii, 4" – PlantX US

Red Nerve Plant Fittonia verschaffeltii, 4"

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Plants do not come in decorative pots shown. They will ship out in nursery pots. The plant will not be exactly like the image shown due to the nature of them being a living organism.

Red Nerve Plant Fittonia verschaffeltii, 4"

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Plants do not come in decorative pots shown. They will ship out in nursery pots. The plant will not be exactly like the image shown due to the nature of them being a living organism.

Quick Description

If you are looking for an easy-to-maintain houseplant that is both eye-catching and versatile, The 'Red Nerve' plant checks all of the boxes. Just as the name suggests the leaves of this plant have an intricate pattern. The deep green leaves are decorated by a vibrant red veining creating the appearance of lightning or nerve branches.

Key Information and Plant Overview

  • Other Common Names: Mosaic Plant, Painted Net Leaf
  • Binomial Name: Fittonia verschaffeltii
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Bright indirect, Medium, Low
  • Water: Keep soil moist but never soggy
  • Pet Friendly: Yes

If you are looking for an easy-to-maintain houseplant that is both eye-catching and versatile, The 'Red Nerve' plant checks all of the boxes. Just as the name suggests the leaves of this plant have an intricate pattern. The deep green leaves are decorated by a vibrant red veining creating the appearance of lightning or nerve branches. Native to the tropical rain forests of Colombia and Peru, the 'Red Nerve' plant is a creeping evergreen plant that can be used in hanging baskets, dish gardens, and terrariums. 

With a growth height of 3 to 6 inches, a spread of 12 to 18 inches, and its ability to thrive in various light conditions make this plant a great choice for all plant parents. 

PlantX Top Tip: To ensure the nerve plant doesn't become waterlogged, add perlite or coarse sand to provide additional drainage. 

How to Care for Red Nerve Plant

  • Light: Bright indirect, medium, or low
  • Water: Keep soil moist but not soggy
  • Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
  • Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
  • Fertilizer: Weekly during the growing season of spring and summer months. Cut back to monthly feeding in the winter. and use a balanced fertilizer. Ex 5-5-5. If using a Liquid fertilizer make sure to dilute with water before applying.
  • Soil: Moisture retaining potting soil
  • Propagation: Stem cuttings or by division. Propagate during late spring or early summer.
  • Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
  • Cleaning Tip: Regularly pinch off the ends of any growing stems and nip flower spikes at the base.
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic

Red Nerve Plant - Common Problems

Leaves are Turning Yellow: This can be a result of too much water. Try using a pot with drainage holes to help prevent soggy soil.

Why are the plant leaves falling off: If in an environment where there are cold temperatures or drafts will result in falling leaves. Try to provide it with more Tropical conditions having a home temperature between 16°C - 26°C (60°F-80°F) . Placing away from drafts from air conditioner units or furnaces.

Dry or shriveled leaves: The leaves will easily shrivel up if the plant is not receiving enough humidity or is sitting in direct sunlight. 

Signs of Overwatering: Leaves turning yellow 

Common Pests: Fungus Gnats, Mealy Bugs, and Aphids

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Nerve plants fast-growing? If the plant is grown indoors, they tend to be more slow-growing. Place your plant in bright, indirect light and watch it flourish!

Can Nerve plants grow outside? Most locations you cannot grow Nerve Plants outside unless you live in zone 11 or higher. Nerve Plants like the temperatures to be 21°C (70°F) but can tolerate 16°C - 26°C (60°F-80°F).

What can I use if there is an insect problem? Treat the Infected plant immediately using insecticidal oil (Neem Oil) and isolate the affected plant to prevent the infestation from spreading to your surrounding plants.

How to care for nerve plants? Nerve plants thrive in well-draining moist potting soil that is rich in organic matter. Place your nerve plant where the temperatures sit between 16 and 26°C (60 – 80°F) and they can receive a slightly higher amount of humidity. These plants are used to being in the lower canopies of Brazil's rainforests and require humidity to keep their leaves from drying out. 

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