Plant Care Nerve Plant

Nerve Plant

4.5 out of 5 (297 experiences)

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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 and painted net leaf

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 located in Seattle, Washington.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Nerve Plant in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

23% Very Low

Growing Nerve Plant in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant Nerve Plant in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 17th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Nerve Plant in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight will increase by 32% ☀️

January 16th, 2022

Seattle is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to increase by 32% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Nerve Plant in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 17th, 2022

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 7.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 9.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Seattle, Washington ⛅.


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.

When to repot Nerve Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Nerve Plant in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 12th, 2022

The growing potential in Seattle is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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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 your location in Seattle, Washington, 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 144
Nerve Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 134
Nerve Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 60
Nerve Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 41
Nerve Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 35
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
Ncmomma avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 873 XP
globe Greensboro, North Carolina

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

Survivor Survivor
Kristi.plants avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 46 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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Campbellshaw avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,325 XP
globe Raleigh, North Carolina

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
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 226 XP
globe Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 288 XP
globe Georgetown, Massachusetts

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
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe San Rafael, California

It needs to be misted! It started dying within my first week of having it, and I was very confused until I googled it, and as soon as I started misting it regularly, it fluorished

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Brandong avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 377 XP

doesn’t grow much

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 365 XP
globe Indianapolis, Indiana

Nice plant because it droops horribly when it needs watered. Within hours of watering, looks good as new.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 140 XP
globe Miami, Florida

This plant gets droopy when the soil is drying.

Pretty and firm as soon as she’s watered.

Needs watering twice a week.

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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 707 XP
globe Melbourne Beach, Florida

This plant doesn’t need a lot of light, in fact you could place it near a window that never gets direct sun light and this plant will still do well. You can get away with watering once every 10 days but if you water every 4 days the plant will be happier and perkier. The tips of the leaves brown easily but it gives the plant a vintage look, I really enjoy it.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 5,884 XP
globe Woolwich Township, New Jersey

Easy plant and not at all as fussy as I read.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nya_papaya132 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 209 XP

Even after forgetting to water a few times, it still bounces back to life with the addition of some water and bright sunlight. Super easy to take care of and overall a beautiful plant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Peyton avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana

These are a good starter plant because it tells you when it needs water. It’s gets a witty and dramatic, but it’s a great visual cue for those who tend to underwater their plants. It’s pretty resilient and tends to like bright indirect light. It WILL burn in direct sunlight, so be careful with that. But otherwise, a beautiful and easy going plant!

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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 736 XP
globe Frisco, Texas

She’s a bit dramatic but once you get a good watering schedule down, very easy to keep up.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 121 XP

This little sucker has been pretty easy. They’re known for being dramatic so they faint easy and is a big sign to not forget to water. Mine hasn’t really grown much though. Not sure if it’s something I’m in doing or if that’s just how the plant is.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Hope Valley, Western Australia

It literally just died out of nowhere

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Edinburgh, Scotland

Make sure to keep it out of too much direct sunlight

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 39 Plants
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globe Phoenix, Arizona

I’ve had this plant about three weeks. It’s just so pretty. The leaves are perky, as though the plant is happy. I mist it lightly every day, and it seems to thank me.

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leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,110 XP
globe New York

She’s cute and loves to be moist. I have moved her from the window by a warm mist humidifier and she seems to be enjoying it.

Fast grower Fast grower

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