Plant Care Calathea 'Freddie'

Calathea 'Freddie'

4.5 out of 5 (28 experiences)

Calathea 'Freddie' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Calathea 'Freddie' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

About Calathea 'Freddie'

Many of the houseplants we used to know as Calatheas now belong to the genus Goeppertia (say that three times fast). These plants have delightfully patterned leaves that come in all sorts of colors and shapes! Commonly known as prayer plants, the leaves of some species fold up at night through a process called nyctinasty meaning night movement! 😴


Goeppertia coccinea 'Freddie'

Also known as

Calathea Freddie, Freddy Plant, Freddie Plant, Concinna Prayer Plant, Calathea leopardina and Calathea coccinea

How to care for Calathea 'Freddie'


How often to water your Calathea 'Freddie'

Water needs for Calathea 'Freddie'
0.5 cups
every 9

Calathea 'Freddie' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Calathea 'Freddie'

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Calathea 'Freddie' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Calathea 'Freddie': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Calathea 'Freddie' may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Calathea 'Freddie'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calathea 'Freddie': repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Calathea 'Freddie' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Calathea 'Freddie' can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Calathea 'Freddie'

Calathea 'Freddie'

Calathea 'Freddie'

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Calathea 'Freddie' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 14
Calathea 'Freddie' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Calathea 'Freddie' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Calathea 'Freddie' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
@TherapyHobby avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 287 XP

I didn't know what I was getting myself into wirh calatheas. They caught my eye and I had to have him. Unfortunately, the tips brown easily but it can be fixed with extra humidity. I have him on a tray with rocks and some water with a poka dot plant and friendship plant as company. They are doing very well :)) not good for people who forget to water plants, as they are dramatic little plants.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@ruthintruth avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 4,911 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ

The leaves ofCalathea Freddie are not nearly as large as some others, but they are beautiful. This plant can be a heart breaker. It’s not particularly forgiving. Make a mistake and then you spend I-don’t-know-how-long trying to make up for it. While trying to fix things with Freddie, I ordered Turk. Turk’s super long stems bent over at the base the first night he spent in my home. I awakened in the morning to find the leaves hanging lower than the pot and folded over upon themselves. It doesn’t look as though I’ll be able to save either Freddie or Turk. I’m still trying, but you know what? I’ve ordered another. Third time is a charm?

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@ruthintruth avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 4,911 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ

I love Freddie. Freddie is very temperamental, though; and finicky, and demanding. I read that Phoenix, AZ is not a good place to try to grow Calathea, but it’s where I live. And I love Freddie. So I bought grow lights and a humidifier; I assembled a plant stand so that he could be with other plants. I got a moisture gauge and a temperature gauge for the room. I love Freddie, and I really want this to work.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Lan avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 563 XP
globe Jacksonville, NC

Nice and pretty.

@Cleorico avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 95 XP

These are quite fussy - they don’t like direct sun and will droop if they get too much. They let you know they need water by drooping too! Sometimes it hard to determine what the problem is.
The leaves tend to open and erect in the day, and droop closed as the sun goes down.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@jess.julian avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Milperra, New South Wales

Needs high humidity, and burns/browns easily. A really pretty plant when well looked after though

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
@claudiacoonan avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 247 XP
globe Thornleigh, New South Wales

grows fast and easy to take care of

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Survivor Survivor
Evie avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 412 XP

I bought this plant a rather long time ago and for the first months it didn’t really do much. Perhaps it was due to my poor watering habits. But! I began watering on a regular schedule and it has doubled in size. I keep it in a pot without holes, instead I have stones at the base, not sure if that’s better or worse or about the same. I’m no professional so this was an easy plant to keep alive. I recommend for people who struggle as I was sure I’d killed it when it started to brown yet it was completely fine.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@LapizMordido avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 1,011 XP
globe Chicago, IL

This plant is so sensitive! She doesn’t like change at all, everything has to be well balanced.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@omerksick avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 760 XP

Very beautiful foliage but get crispy tips extremely easily

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily

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