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kheawchung
Feb 18, 2018 9:38 PM CST
My fittonia is keep growing taller and I did trim it to prevent the fittonia looks leggy.
However aft trim, it still continue to growth.
Currently I cant trim again because it will left only 2 bottom leaves if I trim it again.
Anyone can advice how to prevent it keep growing taller?

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WillC
Feb 18, 2018 10:08 PM CST
A bit more light (don't overdo it!) will help keep the stems shorter and more compact. Rather than pruning, you can simply pinch out any new leaves as they start to emerge from the top of a stem. You will need to do it repeatedly, but it will keep it from growing taller. It will not harm the plant in any way.

In nature, Fittonia is not an upright plant and tends to spread along the surface of the ground.
Will Creed
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Singapore
kheawchung
Feb 22, 2018 11:53 PM CST
WillC said:A bit more light (don't overdo it!) will help keep the stems shorter and more compact. Rather than pruning, you can simply pinch out any new leaves as they start to emerge from the top of a stem. You will need to do it repeatedly, but it will keep it from growing taller. It will not harm the plant in any way.

In nature, Fittonia is not an upright plant and tends to spread along the surface of the ground.


Hi WillC,

thanks for your sharing.
some of the stem growing too tall, so i just prune it.
The stem tht pruned away can just insert to the port and let it growth itself?
pinch out the leave resulted my Fittonia looks not bushy enough.

thank you.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 23, 2018 3:26 PM CST
It is hard to propagate Fittonia from stem cuttings because they dehydrate so quickly when they have not yet developed roots to absorb water. You would have to place the rooted cutting and its pot inside of a clear plastic bag that you blow up with your CO2 and keep tightly sealed. It's not easy, but they only way.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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