How to grow and care for Bat flowers



Bat flower are native to southern Asia and they have dusky purplish black blooms with unique whisker like bracteoles bristling around the flower. Bat flower is truly an astounding flowering plant you can try. Bat flower is really a special plant that has a very specific growing conditions and the seed germination can be a challenge.



The propagation of Bat Flower

This plant called Bat flower or Tacca is a plant that is native to warm, humid regions of Asia. Bat flower can grow to about thirty-six inches in height and it bears huge twelve inch flowers. Actually the bizarre flowers are the real conversation starter and ender. This plant propagation is generally from rhizomes or occasionally cuttings. To grow bat flowers from seed perfect conditions need to be met. There are a lot of expert growers that really claim they got excellent germination from seed and they did not have any problems, while other collectors express frustration with their green thumbs when trying to propagate bat flower from seed. The plant pods really contain dozens of seeds, so if you can get your hands on one, it never hurts to try. 



Steps on how to grow Bat flower from seed

To grow bat flowers from seed you need to acquire a mature seed pod. Make sure you allow the pods to mature and dry right on the plant,  for best chance of germination you can use a good potting soil that has been pre-moistened and then plant the seeds in a two inch pot they don’t actually need to be moved right away. Bat flowers do not seem to like to be transplanted and it will take a while to recover. If you like you can also choose to make your own mixture. Normally a good planting medium is about 10% sand, 50% fine bark and 40% peat moss. The bat flowers seeds don’t actually need any stratification or scarification to germinate, but you can soak the seed in water overnight in other to enhance germination. What the plant really need is time. The bat flowers also need evenly moist soil but not soggy media. You can use a clear cover over the pot in other to conserve moisture but also make sure you remove it daily to release excess that will build up, which can cause damping off.



How to care for Bat flower Seedlings

You need to actually remember where these amazing plants hail from and also consider the wild seeds needs as you set up your nursery. The bat flower plants live in tropical rainforests and they need plenty of warmth with a partially shaded location that mimics the dappled light of a treed area. If you can safely and carefully handle the delicate seedlings, just move them to larger pots. During summer make sure you keep the little plants evenly moist, but in winter you can diminish watering by half but don’t allow the plant to dry out completely, that can actually be a death knell for these humidity loving plants. It is highly recommend to use one cup of hydrogen oxygen per gallon of water to help prevent fungal issues. Actually this plant in home cultivation is really prone to these problems due to high humidity, and also low circulation and often excess moisture. You can fertilize in spring and increase circulation.

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