Fittonia : Greenhouse Plants
T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
These are excellent little plants with shallow root systems which need tropical conditions to do well. If asked to grow at lower temperatures extreme care must be taken with watering or they tend to rot. I find that several small plants or well-rootedplanted into a pan of peat-based make a fine display for the edge of the staging. There are two main species grown; Fittonia gigantea has green leaves netted with red veins. When it is growing well it produces spikes of small pale yellow flowers. F. verschaffeltii argyroneura has green leaves netted with silver but the small leafed form F. v. a. ‘Minima’ is more often seen. Five to eight-cm (2-3-in) long cuttings root easily and are best pinched out just after potting to encourage a bushy plant.