Calathea Louisae ‘Freddy’
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Plant Size: Well rooted single plant (4-6 Leaves)
Calathea Freddie is a tropical plant with a unique appearance that makes it an excellent choice for indoor gardeners. Its leaves are shiny, elongated, and greyish-green in color, with zebra stripes and borders in a darker shade.
Calathea Freddie Care Needs
Your Calathea Freddie will grow well when it’s properly taken care of. Known for its stunning striped foliage, this plant loves humidity and needs evenly moist soil to stay healthy.
Deeply water the pot, allowing it to drain through the drainage hole. This fascinating plant needs bright indirect light to reach its maximum growth potential in terms of light.
For more specific tips, check out the detailed care guide below!
In terms of care difficulty, the Concinna Freddie Prayer Plant is moderate-to-difficult to care for. The most critical factors in its beauty are the well-draining soil and the amount of light.
The growing speed of a Freddie Plant is typically moderate. Indoors, it reaches a mature height of 2-3 feet.
You may control the height of this plant by trimming it properly during the growing season in the spring and summer.
You can go for a medium-sized pot made of plastic, terracotta, or clay for potting requirements. An essential requirement is that the vessel contains at least one drainage hole for excess water. It hates soggy soil, so leaving your Calathea Concinna in wet soil could kill your plant for extended periods.
To maintain your plant’s health, move it to a larger pot after it reaches a particular size. When you see its roots pushing out of the drainage hole, you’ll know it’s time to repot.
Take special care not to touch or disturb its roots too much as you repot. This plant is ultra-sensitive and doesn’t appreciate being disturbed.
On average, Calathea Freddie grows moderately and needs to be repotted every two years. Because soil loses its natural nutrient components over time, it’s best to repot using ordinary commercial potting soil.
For the Concinna Freddie Prayer Plant, a standard commercial potting soil is suitable. Add together components such as peat moss and perlite to make a convenient soil mix. Keep in mind that this plant prefers an evenly moist growing medium.
Make sure your chosen soil type accommodates good drainage and aeration so the roots can breathe better.
Your Freddie Plant likes acidic soil, meaning you should keep the pH level at 6.0-6.5. If you’re concerned about acidity, you can buy a simple pH testing tool to examine your soil.
Regulate excessive pH levels on your soil with sulfur or aluminum sulfate. Improve low pH levels by adding baking soda, calcitic or dolomitic lime, or wood ash.
Calathea Concinna requires regular watering, and over watering increases the risk of illnesses such as root rot. If you rarely water your plants, the roots may become dry, especially on hot days. Calathea Concinna should be grown in an evenly wet growth medium.
Calatheas are a little finicky, and they are susceptible to substances found in tap water, such as fluoride and calcium, when it comes to water. Allow tap water to sit for up to 24 hours overnight to allow contaminants to disperse. You can also use distilled water or rainwater as an alternative, and another approach is to use filtered water.
There is an easy technique to tell if your plant needs to be watered. Check the pot with a wooden stick or a pencil to see if there is still moist, muddy soil adhering to it. Alternatively, you can simply feel dampness with your finger. When the top inch of dirt on your plant feels dry, it’s time to water it.
Excess moisture can be removed by using a porous pot with drainage holes and an aerated, chunky soil mix.
This houseplant prefers bright indirect light for approximately 6-8 hours a day. Too much light and its leaves will lose their color and get burned. Too little light and its leaves droop.
If you’re concerned that your Calathea Freddie isn’t getting enough light, consider moving it closer to a window or utilizing artificial lighting. Here are some basic options to think about:
This plant can also thrive in medium-light conditions, and you can place it in any low-light spot in your home. Avoid putting your Calathea Freddie in direct sunlight for a long time, which could severely damage or even kill it.
The Concinna Freddie Prayer Plant’s growing season is in the spring and summer. During this time, fertilize your plant once a month using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
You don’t need to fertilize this plant during the winter when its growth naturally slows.
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