Fittonia / Fittonia
Refers to the acanthus family. Fatherland - South America
General description : Fittonia is better to grow in a terrarium, under normal conditions it is difficult for her to survive and not to lose attractiveness in any way. This ground cover grassy plant has very beautiful mottled leaves, flowers are unattractive.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Fittonia verschaffeltii (Fittonia Fershafelt). This fittonia has creeping branching stems, up to 10 cm high. Leaves 5-10 cm long with an oval shape. Paint olive-green with pink veins, slightly pubescent.
Fittonia agryroneura (fitton silvery) has straight stems. Leaves, depending on the variety, are large (10 cm) or small (2.5 cm). The paint is green with silver veins. Small-leaved variety is less whimsical.
Recommendations for plant care Fittonia:
Luminance : Preferred penumbra.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
He does not adore in any way the overflow, nor the drying out of the earth. To water with warm soft water.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Air humidity is similarly supported by placing pots on a pallet with pebbles or claydite, which is continuously moistened. Keep away from drafts.
Temperature regime : 20-25 ° С in summer, in winter 18-20 ° С, minimum 17 ° С.
Soil : Recommended soil mishmash: 1 share of sod land, 1 share of heath (or coniferous), 1/2 elements of peat, 1/2 of sand.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every 2 weeks with complex fertilizers for ornamental-deciduous plants.
Breeding : Stem cuttings are easily rooted in spring and summer, similar to crushing during transplantation, by layering.
Transplant : Transplanted in the spring, annually. The root system is superficial, so the pot must be wide, but not deep.
Pests : It strikes with scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky excretions), a spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs).
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
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