BUY BAT PLANT SEED – Tacca chantieri


If you are looking to buy seed from the bat plant, you are in luck. The 'Seeds of Eaden' seed shop now has bat plant seed in stock as part of its standard range. Just click on the links to be directed to the new and improved seed shop.

The incredible, yet stunning looking Bat plant is so unusual in its shape and design that it almost looks unreal. Growing wild in the tropical forests of the Yunnan Province, China, this gothic plant can reach a height of up 36 inches! It grows best in a well-drained, slightly acidic soil and although it appears highly exotic, this beautiful plant is in fact hardy down to -3 degrees Celsius!

The bat plant prefers warm humid temperatures, but will happily grow outside in a container so long as it is placed in a sheltered position protected from the strength of a mid-day sun. In fact, you may be able to grow it directly in the ground if you live in a climate where frosts are unheard of you could consider growing bat plants permanently outside, planted directly in the ground. However, it would still be wise to start if off in a container and place it in a proven spot provided it receives enough shade from direct sunlight.

However, it may need to come under protection over winter if temperatures are likely to dip below freezing. To keep on the safe side, bring it into the warm as soon as temperatures start dropping below 6 °Celsius. During this cold period, keep the compost just on the moist side or even let it dry out between watering as you would do for an orchid.

GROWING FROM SEED

Sow bat plant – Tacca chantrieri seed into plug trays filled with a good quality John Innes ‘Seed’ compost, then give them a further light covering of compost or horticultural grit. Gently water them in, and then seal the tray into a clear polythene bag placing it on the window sill of a warm bright room. Make sure that the tray is out of direct sunlight. Don't hold your breath because germination can take anywhere between 1 and 9 months! However, this can be greatly improved by allowing the seed to soak overnight in warm water before sowing.

Once the bat plant seedlings are large enough to handle they will be ready for transplanting into individual pots. Using a good quality ericaceous compost mix, add 10-20% horticultural grit or perlite to it for extra drainage. TIP. During the growing season, these young seedlings must be watered regularly, and because they thrive in humid conditions give them an occasional misting too.

While growing bat plants from seed will give you the opportunity to produce a variety of colour forms, you can also propagate bat plants from root cuttings from two year old plants onwards.

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