White Nerve Plant

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  • Attractive Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12 Inches
  • Pet Safe 

With its small oval leaves, striking white veins, and compact growth habit, the White Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis) is an excellent houseplant for small, bright spaces and terrariums alike. These petite and dramatic but resilient plants are best known for their reaction to drought, collapsing completely but bouncing back just as fast when thoroughly watered. To keep this plant happy, give it plenty of bright indirect light, water regularly, provide some humidity, and prune routinely. This easy-to-care-for plant is excellent for beginners, especially since it does not hide how it is feeling.

Best Locations For Growing White Nerve Plant

The White Nerve Plant does best when provided with bright indirect light and humidity. For this reason, bright kitchen windowsills and bathrooms are popular places to place these plants. Keep this plant alone in a small planter or hanging basket, or add it into a terrarium for a pop of color to carpet the bottom. Fittonia are nontoxic, making them great options for homes with pets and children.

White Nerve Plant Sunlight Requirements

The White Nerve Plant will keep its shape and color best in bright indirect light, though it can tolerate light that is a bit dimmer. Place this plant in a north- or east-facing window, or slightly to the side of a south- or west-facing window. Fittonia leaves burn easily in direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon and in the summer. Without bright light, Fittonia tends to become leggy. 

White Nerve Plant Care

The White Nerve Plant grows best when provided with consistent moisture and higher humidity. When underwatered or in low humidity, the leaf edges and tips can turn brown and crispy. Fittonia will wilt dramatically when even slightly dry, so it is important to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. After a couple years in the same pot, repot the White Nerve Plant in a pot with drainage holes that is slightly larger, using a potting soil that is well-draining but retains moisture. 

Watering White Nerve Plant

Allow the very top of the soil to dry slightly before watering deeply, until water flows out the bottom of the pot. Maintain consistently damp soil for best results, which can mean watering this plant a few times a week, depending on light, temperature, and humidity. In the winter, watering can be cut back slightly. 

Feeding White Nerve Plant

The White Nerve Plant will grow best when provided with monthly fertilizer in the spring and summer. Add a liquid houseplant fertilizer into your watering routine once a month, following dilution instructions to avoid damaging the plant’s roots. You do not need to fertilize in the winter when plants are growing less.

White Nerve Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 12 inches
Mature Spread: 6-18 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White to Off-White
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Pink, Red, Silver, White
Foliage Description: Variegated, Deepgreen, Silvery-White, Red, Pink, White
Temperature: 60° - 70°F (16° - 21°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: White Nerve Plant
Other Name(s): Nerve Plant
Scientific Name: Fittonia albivenis 'White'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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