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Shaula
May 22, 2020 8:54 AM CST
Hello there. I would like to have some advise for the care of my fittonia. I live in Houston Texas so we have good humidity, I still mist It once every other day and water it like 1/4 cup once a week. The pot has well drainage and every time I check with the moister meter shows is moist. I have it place like 8 feet apart from a west face window but still it looks like crunchy and it has kind of curly leafs. I bout it a moth ago and hasn't fertilized it yet. Please, what should I do? Thank you.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 22, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Welcome! Fittonias are very good terrarium plants because they are small plants with small, fragile root systems and thrive in high humidity.

Unfortunately, the repotting into a larger pot has damaged the very fragile roots and that is what is causing the curling of the leaves. The repotting also makes proper watering extremely difficult.

I wish I had a solution for you, but given the fragility of this plant, all I can suggest is that you try to keep the soil around the roots barely damp. The misting is not an effective way to raise the humidity that it requires.

For future reference, keep your plants in their plastic nursery pots and insert those pots into something more attractive, but leave a plant's roots and soil undisturbed.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Texas
Shaula
May 22, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Thank You! WillC.
If I replant it in a smaller planter would this help, or is the plant a lost one already? Because It has a couple of new leaf.
Texas (Zone 8b)
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Galathiel
May 22, 2020 11:45 AM CST
This is one plant that enjoys living in the bathroom/terrarium, if you don't have a humidifier in use. I have a red fittonia, which has been a lot less fussy than its green cousin (I gave the cousin away to a friend at work who keeps it in the window near the shower and it's living its best life).
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 23, 2020 7:08 AM CST
Trying to downsize it now might do more damage to the roots. Try to monitor the watering very carefully and perhaps it will recover.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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