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Calathea Freddie, also known as Calathea concinna 'Freddie', is a beautiful and compact variety of Calathea. Here are some care tips to help you keep your Calathea Freddie thriving:

1. **Light Requirements**:
   - Calathea Freddie prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. A north or east-facing window is usually ideal.

2. **Temperature and Humidity**:
   - Maintain moderate room temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Calathea Freddie appreciates higher humidity levels, so misting the leaves regularly or using a humidity tray can help. Avoid placing it near drafts or heaters.

3. **Watering**:
   - Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry, typically every 1-2 weeks depending on environmental conditions. Use room temperature water and ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

4. **Soil**:
   - Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to ensure adequate drainage while retaining moisture. A mix formulated for tropical plants or orchids works well.

5. **Fertilizing**:
   - Feed your Calathea Freddie every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding in fall and winter when growth slows down.

6. **Humidity**:
   - Calathea Freddie prefers higher humidity. You can increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidity tray, or placing a small humidifier nearby.

7. **Pruning and Cleaning**:
   - Remove any yellow or dead leaves promptly to maintain plant health and appearance. Clean the leaves occasionally with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust.

8. **Pest Control**:
   - Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. If you notice any pests, treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

9. **Potting and Repotting**:
   - Repot your Calathea Freddie every 1-2 years in spring if it has outgrown its pot. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the current one to prevent overpotting.

10. **Sleep Movement**:
    - Calathea Freddie exhibits nyctinasty, which means its leaves move in response to light. During the day, the leaves will be open, and at night, they may fold up slightly. This is normal behavior and not a cause for concern.

By following these care tips, you can help your Calathea Freddie thrive and enjoy its attractive foliage. With its unique patterns and vibrant green leaves, it can be a stunning addition to your indoor plant collection.

Calathea 'Freddie'

SKU: CalaFred
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