For a pop of colour in the office, house or even the bathroom, nothing compares to Nerve Plants (Fittonia spp.) These low growing, trailing wonders come in a variety of colours from hues of pink and green with white veins or the mesmerising green with pink veins. Great for growing in pots, shaded areas of the garden or in terrariums, where they shine like the little gems they are!

How to grow fittonia in a pot

  1. Choose a spot in the garden or indoors, that is well lit but away from direct sunlight. 
  2. Fill chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Thrive Indoor Plants Potting Mix.  
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  5. Water regularly to keep the soil lightly moist. Fittonias like humidity and will enjoy having their foliage misted with water during hot dry weather.
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food.

How to grow fittonia in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained, shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in some Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch lightly with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw and water in well. 
  5. Water once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions to keep the soil lightly moist. 
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.


Growing tip

  • Nerve plants can be easily propagated through division or by soft tip cuttings. 

  • Trim back long or leggy plants to create a bushier specimen. 

  • Nerve plants will grow very happily in quite small pots, including self contained terrariums, low bowls and dish planters. 

  • These plants don’t like having wet feet. Avoid having the plants sit in wet soils for long periods of time as root rot can occur.

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Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food

A liquid plant food suitable for most types of plants and provides balanced feeding to promote stronger, healthier growth and greener foliage. Feeds through the leaves and roots for fast results.