How to repot Fittonia aka Nerve Plant

A photograph of Fittonia plant Fittonia aka Nerve Plant | Roshni Karthikeyan

Fittonia, also known as nerve plant, is a great plant for beginners. It’s forgiving and a perfect fit for those who tend to overwater their plants, as it loves water. This tropical plant loves humidity, so feel free to mist those leaves every once in a while. It thrives on indirect sunlight and makes for a great addition to your bedroom decor too!

This plant grows quite quickly in the summer and started to outgrow the pot I bought it in a matter of months. Here are some tips for successful repotting:

Make sure you gently but firmly hold the entire plant by its stem and slowly shake it from its pot. Pro tip: Plan your repotting day in advance and don’t water the plant for a couple of days before repotting to make for smoother removal from old pot.

Remove any excess soil from the roots and gently shake the roots to free them.

Fill your new pot with soil halfway or three-quarters depending on the size of your plant and your pot, and place the fittonia inside. Ensure all roots are inside the new pot.

Hold the plant and fill the pot with more soil to cover the roots and press soil to ensure the plant is rooted firmly into the new soil.

Water the new soil and your fittonia is all set in its new home!

Here’s a quick video to show you how:

For more beginner-friendly plants, check out my post 10 best houseplants for beginners.