I purchased a hanging basket of Fittonia from Home Depot 8 months ago. I have it hanging in my bathroom. When purchased it was ” fat and full ” now it has become long and leggy. Not the beauty it used to be. How do I fix it?? Prune it back? If so how far? Leaves at the top of stems but rest of stems are bare. Help please.
You need to prune the leaf tips aggressively to keep the plant full and prevent a fast growing Nerve Plant from becoming leggy. It should look like the picture above. They also need bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and moist but not soggy soil. At this point the only answer is to cut the plant back to about an inch or two above the soil line and watch it grow back. Keep pinching the new growth to help it become a bushy plant again. You can read more about the plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.