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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 25, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Curious if anyone has this plant if so have you had any issues?
Are they typically a slow growing plant?
My plant grew out very oddly compared to others I've seen? Anyone know why this would have happened? Also it grew a baby plant for me and its losing its color, like too much light but they love light?? Im surprised its fading color. I guess I did put it in too much sun but I've moved it since the leaves started to fade on the baby plant.
Its started growing for me just slowly. I just repotted it because the last pot didnt wanna dry well n I changed some of the soil to get it some nutrition and soil better for drainage. I know the old soil had nothing good in it for the plant I'm sure just because it was atleast 5 months old, with no added nutrients.
Here are pics. Id just like to get this pretty girl alot prettier... any ideas?????
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Sep 25, 2017 4:16 PM CST
I have grown Fittonias (Nerve Plants) and found them to be very particular, not very forgiving and difficult to keep looking good outside of greenhouse or terrarium. They are small plants with small root systems and they are slow growers when in less than ideal conditions.

Ideally, they should be kept in very small pots, in very bright but indirect sun with temps below 80 degrees F. and with high humidity. The soil has to kept evenly moist at all times, but not wet. These conditions are best found in a terrarium where soil and air moisture are quite constant.

As Fittonias grow, they tend to become leggy and that requires either regular pinching or occasional pruning.

If the previous pot did not dry out soon enough, as you indicated, it was because the pot was too large or the soil too dense or you were watering too frequently. The pot it is now in is too large. Just because the soil is 5 months old does not mean it is no good. If the soil is depleted of nutrients, which is rare, the solution is to replace nutrients with fertilizer. Good drainage occurs only when the potting mix has adequate drainage material, such as perlite, mixed in throughout.

Try pruning your Fittonia back, keep it in bright indirect light and keep the soil barely damp. Perhaps it will make a recovery.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 25, 2017 5:16 PM CST
I though the plant looks amazing as far as growing the new shoots the new babies. I agree the lighting if off. I was surprised you said terrianiam but not technically I've read the same but I tried mine in the terrianiam when I first got the plant and it didnt seem very happy. Maybe I just wasnt patient enough so now I thinking about putting it back in there.... ummmmm idk
You mentioned my pot is too large idk if the pictures has made it look larger than it is but this pot isnt very big. I just want to be sure we're on the same page here. I'm guessing this but I pretty sure that pots is a quart size. Uhh trying to describe how big I believe it is.. I'd say its 2 inches tall maybe 4 to 5 inches long.. 2 inches maybe 3 wide.
Would you still consider this too large. I just repotted him from a little bit larger pot. so Im hoping this will work out.
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ctcarol
Sep 25, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Pamela, the general rule of thumb, is a pot about 1" wider than the root ball will comfortably fit in. Just a general rule as different plants have different needs.
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 26, 2017 4:26 AM CST
Ty. Does anyone feel I should move it now to a smaller pot or maybe wait awhile since I just move her 3 or 4 days ago???
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plantladylin
Sep 26, 2017 6:08 AM CST
I've grown a few Mosaic Plant (Fittonia albivenis) over the years but I never had luck keeping them happy unless they were planted in terrariums, as in my photo below. That being said, they still had to be kept pinched back to keep them in check. I'm not certain but I doubt that your plant will re-sprout new leaves along those bare stems; though you can take tip cuttings to root for new plants. The one "baby" plant in your photo does look to have very pale uppermost leaves but my eyesight is rather poor and even when I enlarge the photo, I can't tell if it's possibly due to a lighting issue like too much sun or perhaps a nutrient deficiency.
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Sep 26, 2017 10:07 AM CST
Your plant can't be too unhappy if it is blooming. Struggling, unhappy plants do not bloom (annuals notwithstanding.) I have also killed Fittonia, though it did take a few yrs to cultivate it all the way from struggling to dead.

I get along so much more easily with polka dot plant (Hypoestes) which seems to have such a similar appearance. If you would like to try that, look for them in the spring with the annuals (in your zone.) Comes in white, red, or pink "dots."
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 27, 2017 7:37 AM CST
Thanks everyone!
I feel better now that I know even with my tlc she is just a picky girl!
I have seen the
polka dot plant (Hypoestes) before and I do love those!!! Sticking tongue out
I obtained this one in a bulk deal 6 , 7 months ago, and it was looking poor.😯
Anyways the great part is, I was cleaning out a fish tank today and replacing the soil ect. Id grown few things in it recently and I just decided I wanted something different in my "plant tank!
And I had not decided yet what I was growing in it this time.
So nerve plant is one of the winners! I always end up with pieces of everything in the tank. Its like my plant Hospital too!
Would anyone like to make suggestions to soil ect for the plant in the tank?
Right now all I have is one side soil one side sand in 10 gallon tank. Oh n I use activated charcoal to keep the tank fresh. It does not harm any plants that Im aware of....I normally root little stuff in tank. I can change the lighting to different temperature per plant ect. I sat it up just for this purpose. ..
So any tricks to get her happily and adjusted to tank move?
One last thing
The baby i moved isnt doing well at all. 2 leaves have (wilted?) Off . They browned yesterday afternoon. Iv been watching very carefully.
I added vermiculite to the soil when I put the entire plant in new pot.
Id say its 80% soil 20% vermiculite.
Any ideas how to help this girl along???
Thanks every one.... please remember the baby plant needs some help!!!! Group hug
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 27, 2017 7:52 AM CST
New question please read.
The baby plant isnt doing so well. Im wondering if I should wait to move the plant to the tank? I'd planned to do that this afternoon. Early evening. . Should I wait due to the baby plants condition? I do feel I can remove him with out disturbing it too much at all because I planted it loosely in the soil I know exactly where the root is considering I did just move it.. its very compact into small root ball like. Maybe about 1/2 inch tall
So these are the conditions Im working with. What would you do gardeners? I'm worried about over stress. I could propagate those adult stems quickly if things go too far south . Im really considering doing it anyways because of the leggy ness. I'd really hoped to keep the baby though!!!!!???????
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Sep 27, 2017 5:07 PM CST
I would definitely prune back and propagate the leggy stems. Put them all together, along with your baby, in a small pot or in your terrarium. They look much better when close together rather than separated.
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Sep 27, 2017 5:20 PM CST
I've grown this, and find it's very picky and hard to grow. My best luck was in a terrarium with a bit of open space to breathe. Good luck! It is a great plant if you can baby it along.
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