Fittonia argyroneura, also known as the mosaic plant, is a perennial that grows to 12 inches high. Cultivated for its attractive, variegated foliage, it is generally grown as a houseplant. Outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, this fittonia variety makes an attractive, creeping ground cover. F. argyroneura has deep-green leaves with silver veins. It requires filtered sunlight and consistently moist soil. Propagate it by taking cuttings in spring.
Things You'll Need
- Pot or flat
- Potting soil
- Scissors or shears
- Rooting hormone
Fill a planting pot or flat with a combination of equal parts of vermiculite and potting soil. Moisten the planting medium and poke a planting hole in the center of it.
Choose a fittonia stem that is healthy and strong from the outside area of the plant. Use sharp scissors or shears to cut a 6-inch length.
Remove all the leaves from the lower part of the cutting, leaving three pairs at the tip.
Dip the bottom of the cutting in water and then in rooting hormone so that the bottom inch is covered with hormone.
Stick the Fittonia argyroneura cutting into the prepared planting hole and place the pot in an area that receives filtered sunlight.
Water to keep the soil moist at all times during the rooting process. When the fittonia cutting produces new growth, it has rooted.
- Royal Horticultural Society: Fittonia Albivenis Argyroneura Group AGM
- "American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation"; Alan Toogood; 1999