How to Propagate Fittonia Argyroneura

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Things You'll Need

  • Pot or flat

  • Vermiculite

  • Potting soil

  • Scissors or shears

  • Rooting hormone

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.


Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.


Step 3

Remove all the leaves from the lower part of the cutting, leaving three pairs at the tip.

Step 4

Dip the bottom of the cutting in water and then in rooting hormone so that the bottom inch is covered with hormone.


Step 5

Stick the Fittonia argyroneura cutting into the prepared planting hole and place the pot in an area that receives filtered sunlight.

Step 6

Water to keep the soil moist at all times during the rooting process. When the fittonia cutting produces new growth, it has rooted.


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