Terrarium Plant - The Fittonia or Nerve Plant
What is a Fittonia
A Fittonia or Nerve Plant is a tropical plant, found in creeping along the bottom of the rainforests of Peru in South America. This stunning member of the Acanthaceae family is one of our bestsellers at Heron Hawker, both in and out of terrariums. We love it because it will tell you when you need to give it a drink.
How do you care for a Fittonia
A Fittonia is known for its “faint” ability. When it becomes short of water, it’s leaves can crinkle and it’s stems become limp, but they quickly revive themselves once watered again. We recommend keeping them moist, but not soggy. They enjoy humidity, so you can mist them. Because they provide groundcover in their natural habitat they’re not a fan of direct sunlight, however don’t be fooled - they won’t enjoy a really shady spot.
I’ve heard they flower, is that true?
Fittonia can give small white flowers, but the bloom is exceptionally rare when they’re grown indoors. Thankfully their bold and vibrant colours make them perfect without.
How do we use them at Heron Hawker
They are a staple in our open wet terrariums, adding colour to the mix. We often pair them with Birds Nest and Asparagus ferns, and watch as they creep alongside the glass. We also use them when making our custom sealed, or closed terrariums. Below are a few example of how we’ve used these plants in terrariums.
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