The Bat plant - Tacca chantrieri is arguably one of the most unusual yet beautiful flowering plants available from seed and if you are looking to purchase bat plant seed then you are in luck as the 'Seeds of Eaden' seed shop holds this incredible species as part of its usual stock range.
Throw away 2/3 rds of the water and boil the remainder. As soon as the remainder has boiled put it back into the flask, then fill to within a couple of inches of the top with cold tap water and add the seed. Put the lid on, shake and wait. Twenty four hours later drain the water out through a fine sieve to catch the seeds.
While you are waiting, fill a modular seed tray with a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting' but add a few handfuls of horticultural grade grit-sand to improve the drainage.
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Germination can be erratic taking between 1-9 months so be patient and avoid the temptation of throwing out the seed tray in frustration. Keep the compost moist through the germination period.
Once the Bat plant seedlings have established their root system within the module they can be popped out and potted on into 3 inch pots containing a good quality free draining compost. Try and disturb the root system as little as possible when potting on.
Water regularly over the growing season, allow the compost to be drier, but not to dry out during the winter.
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