Houseplant of the Week: Calathea concinna ‘Freddie’

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The beautiful ‘Freddie’ with its dramatically patterned leaves is another member of the ‘prayer plant’ family. Plants in the family are known for their leaves moving from flat during the daytime to erect at night, as if they were hands in prayer.

Like most tropical plants, Freddie loves heat and humidity. It prefers medium to bright indirect light, but will tolerate lower light.

When watering, you are trying to walk the line between keeping the soil damp most of the time without allowing the plant to sit in water or overly wet soil, which can cause root rot.

While sitting in water is not good, surrounding it with humidity is a positive. Try a humidifier or sitting the plant on pebbles to increase humidity. If you really want to give Freddie a treat, try misting.

For a planting medium, you can use a potting mix that is well draining, with elements like perlite or coco coir.

Finally, remember that this plant likes it nice and hot, and while it will tolerate cooler temperatures in the home, make sure it’s not near any A/C vents and avoid drafts.