BAT PLANT BLACK TACCA CHANTRIERI SEEDS! A FACE ONLY A MOTHER (AND MOST GARDENERS) WOULD LOVE! $3.50

NEW FRESH STOCKS! BLACK BAT PLANT IS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL THINGS YOU CAN EVER GROW!

Description
If you are looking for a truly amazing flowering plant, try and grow a Bat plant, also known as Cat’s Whiskers or Devil Flower plant. These natives of warm and humid southern Asia, have two large, dusky purple/black, leathery flanking bracts, giving gives a bat-like look. Blooms with whisker like bracteoles bristle out from the flower’s cheeks. The effect is unique and worthy of a true collector of unusual plants. The bizarre flowers are a real conversation starter! The large, ribbed foliage is very attractive through the rest of the year.

Growing to 90cm high, the flower spike, held well above the foliage, can be a huge 30cms across! If you live in a tropical or subtropical climate, or a warm climate and have an enclosed patio, then Bat Flower plants could be for you! Only grow in the ground in the garden if you live in the tropics or sub tropics. Otherwise keep it in a pot as you will need to move it inside during winter once daytime temperatures fall lower than 22 degrees Celsius, if they do so in your area.

These are fresh and ready to go, all you need is a 2lt bottle or fast-food container terrarium or a pot of soil and plastic bag to get them started! Plant them in summer to make the most of the heat.

Grow Notes
Living in tropical rainforests these plants need plenty of warmth with a partially shaded location that mimics the dappled light of their native habitat. 70% shade cloth is also suitable or a patio.

Always use pure rainwater on these plants if in a container inside if possible. Tap water with chlorine is not as suitable in the long run.

Sow
The medium sized black seeds are quite hard and are best soaked in warm water for 24 hours.

Use a good, well-draining, potting soil or make your own mixture. A good planting medium is 10% sand, 40% peat moss, and 50% fine bark. They like things a little on the acidic side.

Slightly pre-moisten the soil and plant seeds in a 5 cm pot so they don’t need to be moved right away as Tacca plants do not like to be transplanted and will take a while to recover. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Use a clear cover over the pot to increase humidity but remove it daily to release excess moisture from building up and can cause damping off.

The last important ingredient to successful bat flower seed germination is heat. A heated soil mat to keep the bottom of the medium warm will greatly improve your chances of germination. If you don’t have a heat mat available, then wait until we are having 22-26 degree days to ensure it’s warm enough for the seeds.

Once large enough to safely handle seedlings, it’s time to move them to larger pots. In summer, keep the plants soil evenly moist, before reducing watering by half for winter without allowing the plant to dry out completely. That would kill these humidity loving plants. If your heating system tends to dry out the air in your home over winter, set the container in a saucer with some small pebbles and fill with water or mist the plants once per week to increase the humidity available.

Germination
Germination times run from 2 weeks to several months.

Maturity
Bat plants should grow two large leaves before the plant can attempt to flower and be able to produce seeds. This can take up to 3 years.

These plants need bringing inside during Winter if you have colder temperatures, but in summer put them in your warmest and most humid spot.

A soil pH below 7 is needed for the bat plant to be able to absorb the right nutrients to flourish as it grows, so later it is important to use a fertiliser that is made to feed acid-loving plants.

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