The Q&A Archives: White Nerve Plant

Question: I have a white nerve plant that is doing awful. When I first bought it it was beautful with lots of leaves and now it seems like it is dying. It has lost most of it leaves and looks like just stems sticking up. How do I take care of it? Is it worth trying to save?

Answer: Fittonia is the nerve plant. It likes average household temperatures with a minimum of 60F in the winter. Bright light is necessary, but avoid direct sunlight. The plant needs lots of water during the spring and summer, but very little water during the winter months. (Use tepid water.) It needs moist air (which is sometimes difficult to provide indoors during the winter when the heat is on!)You can counteract the dry air by misting your plant daily.

Try to save your plant by cutting back the bare stems, and placing it where it will get bright light. Keep the soil just barely dry. When new leaves appear, mist daily.

Hope your nerve plant regains its health!

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