Fittonia albivenis 'Grey Sensation'
Fittonia albivenis 'Grey Sensation'
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Fittonia albivenis 'Grey Sensation'

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Fittonia albivenis is part of the Acanthaceae family and its native range is S. Tropical America, principally Peru. ‘Grey Sensation’ is a cultivar which is part of the Verschaffeltii group, it has ovate foliage with striking red venation and remains compact.

Genus name honors Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton (d.1866), authors of Conservations on Botany (1817). Specific epithet albivenis means "with white veins", in reference to the typical colour of the leaf veins.

Pot: 12cm 

Height: Approximately 15cm from base of pot.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. 

Water: Given adequate light, keep the potting mix evenly moist.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, fine orchid bark and worm castings.

Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 18-27°C.

 Humidity: Fittonia would prefer higher humidity (over 60%) but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Fittonia are non-toxic.