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Tacca chantrieri 'Bat Flower'

This is probably not a plant  for a beginner (or the faint hearted) to grown in our Tasmanian climate however if you're up for a challenge then the Bat flower is one of the most amazing flowers I've ever seen!

The bat flower (Tacca chantieri) is an exotic rare plant with flowers that mimic a bat in flight , small deep purple eye like flowers  , with ruffled wings and long, hanging filaments. Indoor blooms may appear in spring and last until early autumn. Large, attractive deep green leaves surround the bloom.



Care of bat flower indoors will include a shady location and yearly re-potting for the rapidly growing plant which does not like to be root bound.Fertilize regularly during the growth period with a soluble houseplant fertiliser and they are best planted in a slightly acidic premium houseplant potting mix, we have had great success growing them in the Debco African violet mix

Native to the rainforest in Yunnan Province, China, this tropical perennial is suited to average indoor temperatures. However, it doesn't like dry air at all, which can make it difficult to please in many homes. Give your plant the humidity it craves. If the relative humidity drops below 50%, use a pebble tray or room humidifier to increase the moisture in the air. Grouping plants also helps to maintain the humidity around them.

In early spring, re-pot rhizomes in fresh potting mix. Unlike many flowering plants, this one doesn't like to be crowded so give it some space. This is a good time to divide rhizomes and pot them separately

Bat Flower do have a dormancy period in Tasmania and when something is not right, they slowly decline and eventually die. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way to know if you can provide them the right conditions is by trying. Large plants seem to do better and they grow fast and flower a lot when the conditions are right.