Calathea aka Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant, Rattlesnake Plant, Prayer Plant grow very well in low light areas and are the perfect plant choice to add lush tropical look to any indoor or outdoor environment. In the ground in zone 10-11 these plants get larger and are often used as a colorful border in shadier areas. Easy to care for, they simply need a little light and moist well drained soil. FYI the name prayer plant is often used to describe the leaves occasionally folding closed in response to changes in temperature, humidity or moisture.
The growth rate and leaf color of Freddy will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
When you receive your new Calathea, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it to a shady location. You can then add some mulch to keep your plant standing upright. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Calathea.
Before leaving, Freddy Calathea plants are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots or with totems, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts.