How to care for your Fittonia

Use these instructions to care for a Fittonia Red. This guide will tell you how to water your Fittonia, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences, and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

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Your Fittonia prefers bright, indirect light. Lower light can cause it to lose some of its vibrant color and growth will slow. Too much light can burn the leaves.  

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Your Fittonia loves water and to be consistently moist, but not soggy. Water thoroughly when the top 25% of soil is dry. If you let your Fittonia dry out too much, it will let you know with limp leaves. Not to worry! After a thorough watering, the leaves should soon perk up. 

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Your Fittonia will thrive in average room temperatures between 65-80 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heaters in the winter months.

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Average household humidity is acceptable, but your Fittonia will appreciate higher humidity levels. You can boost the humidity with frequent misting, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. Another way to increase relative humidity is to group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area, creating a micro-climate. 

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Feed every month from spring through the end of summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. 

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FIttonia are non-toxic and pet-friendly! 

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Because your Fittonia loves humidity, it will thrive in a terrarium! To make a terrarium, get a glass jar with or without a lid, place a layer of gravel or rocks, and add soil. Plant your Fittonia and add more soil around the plant, watering slightly. Add multiple plants if space in your vessel allows. Terrariums hold humidity very well–your Fittonia won’t have to be watered as often as if it were planted in a pot. 

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What's a Fittonia?

Botanical Classification: Fittonia albivenis


Fittonia are compact plants with striking patterned foliage. Fittonia are fairly easy to care for–they can tolerate a range of lighting conditions and like to be kept moist. They prefer humid environments and will benefit from regular misting. If you are a plant parent that loves to tend to your plants often, this is the plant for you. 


Fittonia originate in South America, mostly found in Peru. They grow in tropical rainforests as ground cover under canopies of trees. Because of this, they stay relatively small and prefer indirect light. They can be pruned to stay small if you prefer not to repot it into a larger pot.


When your Fittonia is thirsty, it will tell you! Don’t be alarmed if you look over to see you Fittonia completely limp and wilted. Give it a good drink and it should perk up in no time.

Pictured Left: Fittonia
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Keep your Fittonia’s soil consistently moist and mist often!
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