Plant Care Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

4.6 out of 5 (317 experiences)

Nerve Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Nerve Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Nerve Plant

The nerve plant is known for its striking, colored veins and powerful ability to cure headaches and snakebites. Its veins come in a variety of colors, including white, pink, and red. This dramatic plant will easily wilt when dry, but quickly recovers once watered. In its natural habitat, nerve plants grow as a ground cover in Ecuador and Peru and are used by indigenous peoples to give strength to their hunting dogs. 🐕


Fittonia albivenis

Also known as

Mosaic Plant, Painted Net Leaf, Fittonia argyroneura and Fittonia verschaffeltii

How to care for Nerve Plant


How often to water your Nerve Plant

Water needs for Nerve Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Nerve Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Nerve Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Nerve Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Nerve Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Nerve Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Nerve Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Nerve Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Nerve Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Nerve Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Nerve Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Nerve Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 156
Nerve Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 143
Nerve Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 63
Nerve Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 36
Nerve Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 29
Nerve Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Nerve Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
@AndyLuvsPlants avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe Virginia Beach, VA

I just love the fact that my dog wants to eat to when his tummy feels a little weird.

Survivor Survivor
@jeanbpdx avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 2,381 XP
globe Portland, OR

Came back after serious neglect. What a trooper!

Survivor Survivor
@K1000o avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 45 XP
globe Guayaquil, Guayas

This plant seems to be bushy, sometimes needy for some water for its leaves to stand still but overall a easy-to-care plant. :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@EagerPhlox avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 6,730 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

They’re easy. Keep out of direct light and water once a week.

Survivor Survivor
@AvidAgboy avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Jacksonville, NC

So pretty!

@BossChayote avatar
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 9,435 XP
globe Memphis, TN

This is a beautiful plant with its own personality.

@YveO avatar
leaf-1 106 Plants
xp 4,999 XP

I’m a newbie with this one but do far, no major shout outs. It’s still in its nursery pot. I keep it near a humidifier, bottom water every 5-7 days and and ensure the top soil remains moist.

@KeenApple avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 92 XP

Not as pouty as Jae but needs repotted :)

@KeenApple avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 92 XP

Very pouty when thirsty… pops right back up when watered

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@LuckyBroom avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

Keep the soul wet ! She’s a little dramatic when not watered

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@mommys_plants avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 390 XP

super great for new plant parents!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@Grammy08 avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 779 XP
globe Milaca, MN

I don’t know much about this plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@NCMomma avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,758 XP
globe Greensboro, NC

Cute plant! Easy to care for because it “faints” when it needs water.

Survivor Survivor
@kristi.plants avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 76 XP

This is a perfect indoor house plant! It’s leaves have what looks like veins which really makes it stand out and it’s fairly easy to care for. One of my favorites for sure!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@campbellshaw avatar
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 7,589 XP
globe Raleigh, NC

if not watered right when it wants to be, very dramatic and droops easily

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@Icecreemman100 avatar
leaf-1 132 Plants
xp 9,313 XP
globe Eau Claire, WI

This is a stunning plant that is easy to keep and will play nice with pets.

@opheliaio avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 2,168 XP
globe Attleboro, MA

i love all my nerve plants!! they are very good at telling you when they need water: their leaves will get very soft and droopy but will perk up soon after being watered. i live in a warm, dry room, and combined with having the plants in terra cotta pots, i find they need to be watered every few days. having a humidity tray has helped when i am out of town.

Fast grower Fast grower
@thechromekitten avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 234 XP

The little tag that came with the plant says to water when the soil feels dry, this app tells me to water every 10 days. I water it I think once a week. Misting the leaves also helps. Overall it’s a great plant for a beginner like me.

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