Gardening

Fittonia: superb indoors


Fittonia is the delight of our interiors thanks to its great decorative power and its unique foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Fittonia
Family : Acanthaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 30 to 50 cm indoors
Exposure : Partial shade
Ground : Soil

Foliage
: Persistent

Maintenance, repotting, watering or even exposure, are small gestures that will make your fittonia even more beautiful. (© ttanothai)

Planting, repotting Fittonia

Upon purchase, if the pot is too small, feel free to repot your fittonia so that it can grow properly.

Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your fittonia in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

  • The roots of fittonia dread excess water.
    Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom.
    Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
  • A good soil is necessary.
    The plant, when it lives indoors, needs potting soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
  • Constant humidity is necessary.
    It is necessary either mist the foliage almost every day or put the pot on a bed of constantly wet gravel, pebbles or clay balls.

Where to install fittonia?

The main enemy of fittonia is the sun. This plant lives naturally under the trees of the rainforest.

The best place to install your fittonia is in a place where there is no direct sunlight.

  • She fears too much sun if it dries up the plant.
    The more light the fittonia receives, the more it suffers.
  • Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
    The ideal temperature is around 20 °.

Watering fittonia

Regular but moderate watering is necessary.
Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.

In spring and summer:

Hold the slightly moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.

Bring someliquid plant fertilizer green about every 8 to 15 days during this growing season

  • Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.

In autumn and winter:

Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.

Heating tends to dry out the air, so you have to regularly mist the foliage.

Common diseases of fittonia:

The most common diseases of houseplants, red spider mites, cochineal and the aphids.

Good to know about fittonia

The fittonia is native to South America and tropical forests.

A wonderful houseplant, fittonia is vulnerable to aphids so to avoid this spray regularly an insecticide based on pyrethrum.

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Video: Jar terrarium. Fittonia. Indoor garden. Flames N Greens (October 2020).