Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’

Prayer Plant

From £12.71

Admired by many for their unique, intricately patterned and colourful foliage, Calatheas make for stunning statement plants to add a tropical flair to your home.

Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’ is a Prayer Plant with elongated, shiny light green leaves which are ruffled at the margins, striped with patches of an attractive darker green, which lends it the common name Zebra Plant.

Origin: Brazil
Genus: Calathea
Species / Cultivar: concinna 'Freddie'
Common Name: Prayer Plant

Plant Biography

The genus Calathea consists of more than 300 species which usually live in the relatively lowlight and humid conditions of the understories of tropical forests. Whilst many plants in this environment, such as climbers, have evolved to get closer to the light above, Calatheas have adapted to the conditions provided by the forest floor.

In their natural habitat, many Calatheas produce beautiful and boldly coloured flowers, but its their striking foliage which has led them to become a popular houseplant. So much so, that there are now countless cultivars each with their own unique foliage, ensuring that there’s a Calathea for everybody, and every home.

Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15-25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

Wiping the leaves regularly helps to prevent a build up of dust and can help your Calathea thrive.

Calathea concinna 'Freddie'

Calathea concinna is native to Brazil, where it lives on the rainforest floor.

The foliage of the ‘Freddie’ cultivar has more of a minimal, modern appeal than many of the more brightly coloured Calatheas, with sleek slightly darker stripes on glossy medium green leaves.

Why Prayer Plants 'Pray'

As a member of the Prayer Plant family, the leaves of this Calathea will characteristically ‘pray’, folding up at night before re-opening again as the morning sun rises.

At the base of each leaf is a joint-like thickening called the pulvinus, which swells and shrinks in response to pressure developed in the leaves. This is what enables the ‘praying’ to take place.

This movement of the leaves is a process known as nyctinasty, which serves a number of purposes. It allows the plant to absorb as much light as possible in its low light rainforest environment, helps to absorb and retain water, and reduces the risk of fungi and bacteria forming on their leaves.

Care & Size Guidance

Calatheas can be fussy when placed in the wrong location, so choosing a good spot is essential.

A place with bright but indirect light is ideal. Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.

Like other Calatheas this plant enjoys high humidity, but overly wet soil can quickly lead to root rot.

Wipe the leaves regularly to prevent a build up of dust.

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