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Betsyl
May 8, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Hello! So I got my fittonia about 6 months ago and it's been perfectly fine and very big I then went away for a day and a half ,Came back and saw it was wilting but the leaves were all crispy so I watered it ( this was 2 month ago) but ever since then it has never perked up I still have been watering it only a few drops though as it is stilll quite moist it's not in direct sun light at all .
Hopefully this all makes sense and any help would be much appreciated x

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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
May 8, 2018 10:01 AM CST
They aren't easy to keep with good care, unfortunately I don't think there is any way back for your plant.
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WillC
May 8, 2018 11:09 AM CST
I agree with Sue that there is little hope for your Fittonia and that they are very unforgiving of any lapses in care. They are best used in terrariums where the soil and surrounding air are constantly damp. A single episode of lapsed watering is often enough to do a Fittonia in. In addition, if the soil is kept too moist, the roots will stop functioning and the leaves will react as if they are not getting adequate water, not because the soil is too dry but because the dying roots can no longer absorb the available moisture.
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