Fittonia Nerve Plant: Growing Nerve Plants In The Home
The Pink Nerves Are Not For You!
Pink Nerves are not for everyone. They have been known to cause problems such as headaches, stomach aches, and even death. However, they do have their uses if used properly. There are many different types of nerves in your body. Some are helpful while others can be harmful.
If you have ever had a headache or stomachache, then you probably experienced one of these types of nerves. These types of nerves include the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest). The sympathetic nervous system helps regulate our emotions like fear, anger, happiness, sadness, etc. The parasympathetic nervous system helps us relax and sleep. The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems work together to control our moods. When the sympathetic nervous system is over stimulated, it causes a headache, nausea, dizziness, sweating, anxiety and other symptoms.
When the parasympathetic nervous system is over stimulated it causes restlessness, insomnia and other symptoms. A lack of stimulation from either type of nerves can lead to depression or even suicide.
So how does one go about growing these kinds of plants?
The steps are actually very simple, but it must be done exactly.
How To Grow A Nerve Plant
Plant the seeds directly in the ground or use a starter plant. Water and nutrients are important! The plant needs attention and care. Do not over water it! Too much water can kill it.
The plant will show signs of dehydration if you do not water it enough. Do not over feed it! Too much nutrients can kill it. A lack of nutrients can also cause it to die. It will show signs of malnutrition if you do not feed it enough.
Growth Cycle And Care Of Nerve Plant
The nerve plant’s growth cycle consist of resting and active periods. During the resting period the leaves will curl up towards the stem. During the active period the leaves will uncurl and point away from the stem. The nerve plant requires a lot of light, but it cannot handle intense heat. So the nerve plant must be able to regulate its own body heat.
It can do this by curling up its leaves to keep in the heat or by spreading out its leaves to let in the heat. If the nerve plant is not getting enough light then it will begin to curl up its leaves and if it gets too much light then it will spread its leaves out to let in some air.
When nerve plant is in the resting phase it requires less water and nutrients. Do not over water or feed the plant during this period. But don’t under-water or under-feed it either. If you have a lot of nerve plants then you will have to spend more time caring for them. Time can pass rather quickly when taking care of these plants.
Do not let this cause you to become frustrated or else you may end up killing the nerve plant. It is OK to become distracted and forget to care for it for a day or two, but never let several days pass or the nerve plant might die.
I have included a couple of helpful tips that I’ve discovered through experience. The first helpful tip is to use a fertilizer with low levels of nitrogen during the resting period. Too much nitrogen can cause the plant to grow a lot of leaves and not enough growth in the stem or roots. This will make the plant top heavy and it might fall over, especially after it enters the active growth period.
The second helpful tip is too use a fertilizer with high levels of phosphorus and potassium during the active period. This helps strengthen the stem and roots. The nerve plant has a long and delicate stem that may snap if the plant is too top heavy. If this happens then the nerve plant may die.
During the active growth period the nerve plant will grow a long slender stalk with a pink bud at the top. This bud will eventually open up into a lotus flower with a pink and green color. Once this bud opens then the nerve plant may enter a dormant state for weeks or months depending on how long it takes for the lotus flower to wilt and fall off. After this happens the nerve plant will once again enter the resting period before it grows another bud.
If everything is going well then the bud will take about a month to open up into a lotus flower. But if you do not take care of the plant properly then the bud will begin to rot and wilt before it opens. The nerve plant will also die if you don’t provide the right conditions for it to grow.
You need to be careful when adding a fertilizer with high levels of phosphorus and potassium. Too much can cause the bud to open too soon and cause the plant to wilt and die. If this happens you have just wasted a month of your time as the nerve plant will need to rest for another month before it grows another bud.
In conclusion, the care of a nerve plant is very time consuming. It can be frustrating at times, but the beautiful pink and green lotus flower that grows from it is all worth it.
I’ve registered myself in the local hospital under a fake name and with a fake ID. The surgery went as well as can be expected. I probably won’t be able to dance anymore but at least now I can live a somewhat normal life without having to worry about getting caught.
The hospital stay is going to be expensive so I started looking for a job as soon as I could. Most of the jobs I could find were for manual labor and I wasn’t exactly in the condition to do any of that stuff.
By some stroke of luck, or maybe fate, one of the medical doctors that operated on me was friends with the head of the local “school”. (They use the word school loosely. It’s more like an academy for budding criminals.) He managed to get me a job there as a maintenance man. Apparently their regular maintenance man had broken his leg recently and was still unable to work.
I don’t mind it at all. I basically just dust the place every now and then, make sure the pipes don’t leak, and fix any electronic that happens to go haywire. It’s really not that demanding of a job.
The headmaster apparently isn’t too happy with me being there though, he keeps trying to convince me to become a teacher at the academy. He says that I could live in one of the spare rooms in one of the dorms. Apparently most of the teachers there live in the dorms with the students. I’m not really sure if I’m cut out for that, but he’s offering me a very generous salary if I’d just agree to it. I suppose it would make saving up money pretty easy.
I’m also taking online classes to finish up my high school diploma. I figure if I’m going to be working with kids then it’s probably a good idea that I’m at least on a first name basis with them.
Still though, I’m not sure if this is really for me or not, but what other options do I have?
They found the body of that Maiku person today. That’s four deaths now from what I’ve heard. I really wish I had listened to Lena and gotten out of town when I had the chance, but maybe it’s better that I didn’t since now I’m actually doing something to try to stop this craziness rather than running away like a coward.
The headmaster has been keeping me rather busy lately. I’ve been going around to businesses asking if they need any maintenance work done. So far I’ve got a few things scheduled for next week. I think the teachers are trying to drum up some business for the school so it doesn’t go belly up.
I still haven’t heard anything from Lena since she left, but I know she’s probably just keeping her head down and staying out of trouble.
Must try to stay positive!
I’m late. Shouldn’t have slept in like that. I usually wake up early on the weekends, but I was up quite late last night.
I got a call from one of my classmates asking for some computer work to earn a little bit of money. Said he’d pay me fifty dollars just to tidy up some malware that got on his laptop.
I said sure, why not?
Silly me for not asking for his name or any other sort of verification. As soon as the job was done, he promptly gave me fifty bucks and I never saw him again. Didn’t think anything of it.
Not too much longer after that is when I noticed someone had broken into my room while I was at work. Nothing was taken, but they went through all my personal belongings. At first I thought it was the police, but they would have confiscated anything they found incriminating rather than just putting it back in place.
At any rate, my handbook for the Viral Special Forces is gone. I had hidden it in a false cover of a book and left it under my bed. Now, it’s gone. I can only hope that whomever took it is actually reading it and not just tossing it aside as worthless like I did.
Guess I’m officially out of the business now. I’d resign from the academy, but I can’t very well do that when I don’t even know if I’ll still have a job there anymore. Oh well, like Lena always says: “That’s just standard stuff. The interesting part starts now.”
I’m sure she’s right. I’ll just keep my head down and hope I don’t get caught up in the whole backlash thing that’s going to come from all this. Might even start applying for other jobs too, just in case.
A new life is waiting! Just got to stay alert and be ready for it!
Chapter 5: Desperation
February 8, 2021
Lena never came back. I can only hope that she somehow managed to get away and is out there somewhere living a happy life. I can only imagine how things might have been different had we both fled together back in January of this year.
As it stood, I ended up getting fired from my job at the academy just two days after the police released my classroom. The official reason was for some “irregular conduct”. Of course nobody at the school said anything to my face. I imagine the dean was hoping that I would just quietly disappear, but I went in to speak with her and she was very standoffish.
Of course it didn’t help that the police were there questioning her and everyone else while I was there. I think they were more interested in the academy itself rather than me, but I couldn’t be sure. In any case, I didn’t want to stick around and find out. I couldn’t afford to keep my apartment anymore anyway.
I ended up couch surfing with some friends from the academy for a while. One of them ended up getting me a job as a clerk at a small mom-and-pop hardware store in the poorer section of town. At least it allowed me to get my own place again, though it’s not much.
Unsurprisingly, my new job has very little in the way of intellectual stimulation. Basically I just sit behind a cashier window and wait for people to come and buy things. Sometimes people come in to pay their utility bills or do other minor errands, but other than that I don’t interact with anyone all that much.
Sometimes I’ll have a conversation with the owner, but he’s almost always complaining about something so I usually try to just stay out of his way. I don’t even have any of the other employees as friends since they’re all at least ten years younger than me.
At this point, I’m just counting down the days until I can finally retire. If I’m lucky, I should be able to afford to go back to a college town and live comfortably off the interest of my savings for the rest of my life. Of course that’s only if I can resist the temptation to spend it all beforehand.
As for anything else, I guess I’ll figure that out when the time comes. Right now though I’m in no particular rush since I have no idea what’s in store for me in the future. For all I know, I could be dead by next year.
I often think back to my time with Lena. There were definitely some good times there even if the bad overshadowed it. I’m just glad I managed to get away from her before she could drag me down with her.
I don’t know what would’ve happened had I stayed, but I like to think that I would’ve at least made an effort to go out and look for a job rather than wallowing in my tent as I did. At the very least I would’ve gotten a different job rather than working at the college. I probably would’ve even met someone and started a family by now.
Maybe it’s better that I didn’t since who knows what might’ve happened to them, but at least it would’ve given my life meaning beyond survival. Even writing this diary has been a useful way for me to relieve stress and keep my mind active. I don’t have much, but I guess I’m grateful for what I have.
I often wonder if I’d made a difference if those hunters would’ve rescued me instead, or if they would’ve eventually turned on me as well. There are times when I feel anger towards Lena and even myself for not trying to do anything to change our situations. There are also times when I feel sympathy for both of them given the circumstances they were in. There were even times when I thought about reaching out to one of them, but decided against it.
I’ll always wonder what might’ve been though and as the years go on that’s becoming more of a reality than a ‘what if’. I think at this point I’m just waiting for death. Even the Grim Reaper is taking his sweet time getting to me nowadays.
Maybe when he finally does come for me, I’ll be reunited with all of them at long last.
I can’t stay here anymore.
I have to leave. There’s nothing left for me here or anywhere else in this forsaken land. Most of the people I’ve ever cared about are either dead, long gone or actively trying to kill me.
My existence here is a living Hell. The only place that may be worse is the damned city of Nuro, and I’m not even welcome there anymore.
The government has been cracking down on the “undesirables” that have been found to be living in the city. I’d be arrested just for being there. I doubt they’d even care that I was there to help during the invasion.
I really don’t have much keeping me here anyway. Lena and Gruz are dead. There isn’t any place that feels like home anymore. The life I’d built here with Lena seems so long ago and far away.
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