FREDDIE [Calathea Freddie]

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Freddie is the tallest Calathea family member. With his striking leaves propped up on burgundy coloured slender stalks he's a most handsome fellow. In the wild, Freddie is commonly found under the rainforest trees of Brazil. His extended family is called Marantaceae (meaning arrow root) because their elongated leaves are designed to catch falling raindrops and funnel them down the stem into the roots. 

Comes in a 14cm plastic grow pot. Decorative pot sold separately 

Caring for Freddie

Light

Medium to bright. Tolerates lower light conditions

Water & humidity

Water 1-2 times a week in summer. Wait for the soil to dry out about 2cm down before watering again. Calatheas are susceptible to root rot, so don't let water sit in the tray. Keep humidity levels high (get tips on how to do this here) for best results. 

Feeding

Once a month with a sachet of organic Canola Meal

Re-potting

Every two years in spring. Calatheas don't like to be pot bound, but to have plenty of room. Use a well draining mixture of 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 pumice.

Atrium Top Tip

If the leaf starts curling it means lack of water. Brown edges mean lack of humidity.

Quirky plant fact

Calatheas symbolise new beginnings. This meaning comes from the saying to ‘turn over a new leaf’, which is what the plant does when closing up at night and opening again in the morning. 

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