4.5 out of 5 (28 experiences)
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'
Calathea 'Freddie' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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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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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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.