How to Care for a Fittonia Red

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

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

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

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Your Fittonia loves water and to be consistently moist, but not soggy. Water thoroughly when the top half inch 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. 

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

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. 

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

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

PLANT FOOD

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

ADDITIONAL CARE

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. 

TOXICITY

FIttonia are non-toxic and pet-friendly!