Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group

Family: Acanthaceae

Countries: Americas, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, South America

The common name of plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group is the nerve plant, this name refers to the Fittonia’s leaves with their distinctive veining.  Fittonias thrive when they’re grown in a terrarium, as these plants require low to medium light levels and high humidity to flourish.  When you’re looking to place your plants, avoid bright and sunny window sills, or locations where your plants will receive direct sunlight.

Plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group thrive in terrariums, vivariums, and bottle gardens, but these plants can grow well as houseplants, providing the plants are cultivated in steamy bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, or other locations that will provide a sufficiently humid atmosphere with low level, indirect light.  Misting your plant regularly will also increase the humidity levels around your plant and help to provide a more suitable growing environment for your Fittonia, but an even better method is to utilise a deep, water-proof tray.  Fill the tray with pebbles and top up with water.  Pop your Fittonia’s container on top of the pebbles and for improved results – grow plants that thrive in similar conditions together, as the extra plants will also help to increase humidity levels around your Fittonia.

The Fittonia albivenis plant that you see pictured above is growing inside my BiOrbAir, you can see more photographs and find out how this plant is growing in my long-term review of the BiOrbAir.  This link will take you straight to the trial update and review which was written at the time that this Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group specimen was first planted inside this terrarium.  You can follow this Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group specimen’s growth and development in this, and the following trial review and updates.

Plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group require moist, but well-drained compost.  These plants thrive in high humidity, in a location that receives low level, indirect lighting.  In return, plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group will brighten your terrarium with their distinctive, variegated leaves, which have a lightness and an luminescent glow to their colouring.

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