Fittonia Forest Flame
Fittonia Forest Flame is a relatively new strain of an already established vivarium plant that has recently been introduced to the hobby. It has an incredible wow factor which comes from the vibrant colours it displays on its leaves. These range from flame red (hence the name) to a shocking pink. Your eyes will not miss this plant if it is in a vivarium. The fittonia forest flame is an ideal plant for instant impact as it will have very vivid colours when you buy it.
This new cultivar was discovered in Haaren, in The Netherlands and is a naturally occurring “whole plant” mutation of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Josan’ which is very similar looking but with a more muted green and pink coloured foliage. Terminal cuttings were taken of the first fittonia forest flame plant and successful cultivation produced uniform and stable plants which were then introduced into the hobby.
Planting and Growth
Fittonia forest flame is a relatively easy plant to keep. The plant does not like direct sunlight so a vivarium environment is perfect for them. Plant fittonia forest flame directly into well drained loose substrate that is nutrient rich. Fittonia forest flame grows extensively in a creeping manner and can spread up to 40cm in size with an eventual height of about 20cm. This plant will need regular watering but do not “drown” it!
Fittonia forest flame is available as a small potted plant ready for use in a vivarium. The plant comes set in rockwool, to get the best from this beautiful plant simply re-pot into a container of your choice with a suitable substrate and away you go. Should look spectacular in a planted vivarium and provide a good contrast against rocks and wood.