Growing Fittonia albivenis – How To Grow Nerve Plant

This pretty little indoor plant adds a distinctive touch to your home decor.  The variety of fittonia is also known as Pink Angel. and is a distinctive plant with dark green leaves which have brightly colored pink veins. Growing Fittonia Albivenis is very easy for beginners, since it doesn’t mind low light.Growing Fittonia albivenis


Where does fittonia albivenis grow naturally?

The plant is a native of Peru. The deeply veined leaves of fittonia albivenis have a trailing habit, which lets them spill over the edges of a pot or basket container.

Since this is a tropical plant and only hardy to zone 11, it is grown in most areas as a houseplant.

Common Names for Fittonia Albivenis

This pretty plant is known by several common names. The most common one is nerve plant and one only has to look at the leaves of the plant to see why.  The veins look amazingly like nerves.

Leaves of Pink Angel Fittonia

Also if you look at a pair of the leaves, you can see where the name Pink Angel comes from.  Two other common names for the plant are Mosaic plant and Painted Net Leaf.

Tips for Growing Fittonia Albivenis

This lovely plant is relatively easy to grow.  The main consideration for keeping it healthy is to manage the humidity.  In order to keep it in good condition, here are some tips for growing Fittonia Pink Angel.

Light Conditions

Nerve plant grows best in low to medium light, though it also thrives in a sunny window if the light is filtered with a sheer curtain. If it gets too much hot sun, even indoors, the leaves may burn, turning brown and crispy.

If you have a North facing window, this is an ideal spot for the plant, since it will get far less light here but it will still be a bright spot.

I have a collection of low light plants on a table near a window that faces north and they do very well here. (See other low light indoor plants here.)

Low light plants


Pink Angel fittonia enjoys even moisture. I like to water my plant when the surface of the soil just starts to dry out. Insert a finger into the soil and if it is dry to about the first knuckle, give it a drink. Don’t over water, though, since the plant does not like wet and soggy soil.

Leaf Color and Flowers

The leaves of fittonia albivenis are green with deep veins that are colored pink. The underside of the leaves are a lighter green color.

Mature leaves of fittonia have a deeper pink color to the veins, but newer growth is lighter in color with a whitish pink color.

Pink veins of fittonia albivenis

The plant does have blooms when it gets just the right conditions but is grown more for the leaves than for the flowers.  The blooms are rather insignificant and can be both reddish or white.

They have the shape of spikes and their color makes them blend in with the foliage.  It is rare to see a fittonia grown as a houseplant in bloom.

The size of the plant can grow to 12-18 inches or larger.

Humidity Needs

Like many tropical houseplants, the nerve plant loves humidity.  It will benefit from a weekly spray with a plant mister.  It is also the perfect  choice for growing in terrariums where the level of humidity is naturally high.

Temperature Requirements

Be sure that the temperature of the room where you are growing fittonia albivenis is kept around 60 º F or higher.  This means keeping it away from drafty windows when the temperatures outside are cold.

The plant likes it best around 70 degrees and will not do well in rooms that are hotter than 80 degrees.

Fertilizing nerve plant

Fittonia albivenis grows best if it is fertilized monthly with a general all purpose house plant fertilizer during the growing season.  (You can also make your own plant fertilizer with house hold items.)

The winter months are a slow growing time for most houseplants, so hold off on fertilizing at this time.

Containers for Nerve Plant

This plant add a pretty decorative touch to any spot where you place it indoors.  It looks pretty in hanging baskets, makes a nice table plant and also is the prefect choice for terrariums.

Grow this pink variegated variety of fittonia in plant pots that showcase the color of the leaves. I chose a neon green outer pot that highlights the under side of the leaves but it would also look really pretty in a bright pink pot.
Underside of the leaves of a Pink Angel plant

Varieties of Fittonia

There are several color varieties of fittonia. It belongs to the herbaceous perennial Acanthus family.   In addition to the pink veined type shown here, there is also a deep red veined plant,(Fittonia pearcei)  as well as one with deep white veins. (Fittonia verschaffeltii argyroneura)Fittonia plants come in many color varieties

All forms of the plant like similar growing conditions. For a larger variety of the plant, try growing  fittonia gigantea, which can grow to 24 inches and has purple stems with dark green leaves and deep red veins.

There is quite a bit of variation in the veins and leaf colors of fittonia plants from pure white to deep crimson.

Propagation of Fittonia Albivenis

Get more plants for free by taking stem cuttings of pink angel fittonia. Dip the ends of the stems in a rooting powder and insert them in a well draining seed starting medium.

When the stems have developed roots, transfer to normal potting soil. Cuttings are best done in late spring or early summer when the growing season is at its prime.Propagating Fittonia albivenis from stem cuttings

Growing fittonia albivenis is generally quite easy.  As long as you don’t over water the plant or let it dry out, it does fairly well.  One pest that seems to find it attractive is the mealy bug, which loves the plants soft stems and leaves.

If you are looking for a pretty table plant or perfect terrarium plant, try growing Fittonia Pink Angel.  You’ll be glad you did!

Would you like a reminder of these tips for growing fittonia albivenis? Just pin this image to one of your gardening boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.If you are looking for the ideal terrarium plant, try growing Fittonia albivenis. It is easy care and has lovely veined leaves. #fittoniapinkangel #fittoniaplants

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in February of 2018. I have updated the post to add new photos, a printable care card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: A good indoor house plant

Growing Fittonia albivenis - How To Grow Nerve Plant

Fittonia plants come in many color varieties

This variety of fittonia is also known as Pink Angel. and is a distinctive plant with dark green leaves which have brightly colored pink veins. Growing Fittonia Albivenis is very easy for beginners, since it doesn't mind low light.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost $5-$10


  • 1 Fittonia plant
  • Decorative pot
  • Plant mister
  • Rooting Powder


  1. Sunlight: Bright filtered light. A North facing window is best.
  2. Watering: Add more water when the soil is dry about 1 inch down.
  3. Soil: Well draining potting soil.
  4. Humidity: The pant needs humidity. Place on a pebble tray with water or mist weekly.
  5. Temperature: Keep at 60 degrees F or higher.
  6. Fertilizing: Fertilize monthly during the growing season. Hold off in the winter when the plant is more dormant.
  7. Propagation: Stem cuttings (under a plastic dome is best for humidity needs) Rooting powder helps to promote root growth.

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  40 comments for “Growing Fittonia albivenis – How To Grow Nerve Plant

  1. 07/22/2018 at 9:18 am

    Hello! I have what seems to be an oddly growing Nerve Plant. I bought it last spring (over a year ago) and almost killed it due to overwatering and too much sunlight. So I moved it and have cut back on watering. It’s growing tall, but has so few leaves! Should I trim and propagate it into the same planter to get more of a full looking plant? Thanks for your help!

    • Carol
      07/22/2018 at 3:09 pm

      Cutting off the growing tips will make the plant bush out and get more full looking. If the tips are long enough, you can root them in a glass of water and start as new plants. Carol

  2. Vickie Buford
    09/19/2018 at 7:56 pm

    I have a pink angel plant that I have over watered, is there anything I can do to help it survive?

    • Carol
      09/19/2018 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Vickie. I found found it harder to get back a plant that has been too soggy. The best way to deal with this is to move it out of direct sunlight and hold off on watering for a while to see if it recovers. If there are stems that look healthy, you could try cutting them off and putting the stems in water until roots form and then repot and start over. Carol

  3. Jennifer
    10/09/2018 at 11:32 pm

    My little plant seems to be doing pretty good, but I was wondering about propagating so I can have more. I am not sure where to cut, and if I pop it in a glass of water, is it ok to switch to pot once it gets roots? I have read I am not supposed to go from water to soil with some plants, but I don’t want to have to keep them in water forever. The one I have has some blooms on it too.

    • Carol
      10/10/2018 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Jennifer. Your plant looks great! You can take cuttings and root them either in soil or in water. If you root them in soil, the cuttings may need a terrarium like covering to add humidity. It is true that going from water to soil is difficult, but it’s not impossible. Water roots are fragile, so care must be taken when transplanting in soil later, or it can bruise them. Carol

  4. Zack
    12/09/2018 at 3:34 pm

    when i put my cuttings in soil, they almost immediately went limp. I cut them and removed any leaves, dipped in rooting powder, and made sure the soil was damp. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Carol
      12/09/2018 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Zack, Taking cuttings of plants that have thin leaves like these can be a challenge, since they need higher humidity. One trick that I have used it so cut off an old plastic soda bottle and use the bottom of it over the cutting. This makes it act like a mini terrarium until the cuttings have rooted. Carol

  5. Wendy
    06/12/2019 at 6:03 pm

    I have two different varieties of fittonia, the pink ones and the white veined ones. Can I put these in the same pot?

    • Carol
      06/12/2019 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Wendy. Yes. That will work fine. They have the same growing conditions.

  6. Brian Smith
    08/11/2019 at 11:21 pm

    My girlfriend recently bought a Fittonia and left it on her covered balcony. About 1/3 of the leaves appear burnt. Should these be trimmed away?

    • Carol
      08/13/2019 at 12:19 pm

      HI Brian. Yes it’s fine to trim away the leaves that are damaged as long as you leave about 1/3 of the leaves on the plant. Damaged leaves require the plant to send its energy to try and make them recover. If you remove them, the energy will go back into normal growth.

  7. Meagan
    08/27/2019 at 7:55 pm

    Do fittonia’s roots get cramped? How do I know if and when I should repot?

    • Carol
      08/27/2019 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Meagan, all plants in pots can get pot bound or cramped roots. To determine this, take the plant out of the pot, including the soil. If the roots are visible all along the outside of the soil, it is time to repot in a pot 1/3 larger than the one it is in now.

  8. kimberly byrd
    09/05/2019 at 4:50 pm

    Hello iam Kimberly why is my plant looks druping

    • Carol
      09/07/2019 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Kimberly. It could be any number of things, but the most common causes are over watering or underwatering.

  9. Branka
    09/07/2019 at 10:41 pm

    What does leaf cuttings mean? Can I cut a leaf in half and put them in soil?

    • Carol
      09/15/2019 at 1:23 pm

      Leaf cutting mean taking a leaf and inserting it into water or soil to root. It is very hard to do with thin leaved plants like fittonias, however.

      Succulents are the most common plant to do leaf cuttings from.

  10. Beth
    10/10/2019 at 5:01 pm

    Hi! Will Fittonia planted in a hanging basket develop a trailing appearance, much like ivies or ferns, or will it grow more upright? Thanks!

    • Carol Speake
      10/11/2019 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Beth. The plant generally has an upright growth habit but it is also a ground cover, so if it grows enough, it would likely cascade in a hanging basket.

  11. Mary
    10/20/2019 at 1:55 pm

    My pink nerve plant fell an broke. I replanted it an put the broke pieces in the soil. The leaves look limp on the broken ones will they root? Also I have a water globe in the pot.

    • Carol Speake
      10/22/2019 at 9:44 pm

      You might try cutting off a plastic soda bottle an pop it over the cutting. The humidity will act like a mini terrarium.

  12. kayla
    05/10/2020 at 8:33 pm

    my angel plants systems are starting to crack and open what should I do to help it?

    • Carol Speake
      05/12/2020 at 9:27 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean by systems. Which part of the plant are you talking about?

  13. Kaitlyn Tierney
    05/22/2020 at 6:23 pm

    Is there any time you should repot a fittonia? The leaves on my plant are starting to grow out over the pot….should I trim the leaves, let them hang over the pot, or get a larger pot??

    • Carol Speake
      05/22/2020 at 9:17 pm

      Wilting could be due to many causes. The only way to know whether to repot is to take the soil ball out and look to see if the soil is a mass of roots. Repotting only helps when the plant is pot bound.

  14. Linda
    06/07/2020 at 1:57 pm

    My plant has developed long skinny “branches” shooting straight up. Leaves on these “branches” are tiny, tiny. Should I prune the “branches” down–do I need to repot? Help!

    • Carol Speake
      06/07/2020 at 9:33 pm

      It is possible the plant is not getting enough sunlight. This can make the branches reach for the light and have small leaves. Try moving it closer to a light source (gradually). If this does not help, snipping the branches will make it bush out. It’s not likely in need of re-potting, but this is hard to determine without looking at the root ball.

  15. Kaye
    06/28/2020 at 9:25 am


    I just repotted my fittonia and it stays at a very low light to no sunlight at all area.

    I’m just concerned coz it’s perky and sort of borderline crispy. Is this normal?

    It looks fine though.

    • Carol Speake
      06/28/2020 at 12:45 pm

      I can’t diagnose plant problems without seeing the plant, but it’s possible that it either is TOO low a light situation or not enough water. If it crispy, it sounds dry.

    • Crystle
      08/11/2020 at 11:38 am

      I dont understand where do j cut your make mine fuller looking and I want to make more of them . So where do u cut it

      • Carol Speake
        08/11/2020 at 1:33 pm

        Any place on the stem that you cut will make the stem grow extra shoots so it will get more bushy. If you are taking cuttings to root, they should be about 3 inches long, or so.

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