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Our Plant Care: Fittonia

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

Your Fittonia is a compact plant 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.


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

Water and Food

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.

Feed every month from spring through the end of summer with FabGardenMama Organic Fertiliser houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

Feed your fittonia using this vegan-friendly FabGardenMama Worm Juice Fertiliser
FabGardenMama Worm Juice Fertliser

Temperature and Humidity

Your Fittonia will thrive in average room temperatures between 18-26 degrees Celcius. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heaters in the winter months.

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.


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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