Black Bat Flower
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***LEAVES ARE BRITTLE AND MAY ARRIVE WITH SOME DAMAGE. AS LONG AS THE
BULB/CORM IS IN GOOD SHAPE THE PLANT WILL BE FINE. YOU CAN CUT OFF THE
BROKEN LEAVES AND THE PLANT WILL SPROUT NEW LEAVES PRETTY SOON. PLEASE
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FAMILY : Taccaceae
ORIGIN : South East Asia
SIZE : 20"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : shade
WATER REQUIREMENTS : always keep moist
MIN. TEMP. : mid 30's
FLOWER : on and off through out year
Taccas have beautiful large green foliage and get one of the most interesting flowers ever seen. However, these plants can be picky sometimes regarding their environmental conditions. When they like the conditions, they grow, flower a lot, and even produce babies. 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 than smaller ones.
Bat Plants like shade and good air circulation. We find that they don't like to be root-bound. It may not be a bad idea to repot your plant every year in the spring. When you reach a 10" pot or larger you can wash the soil, cut most of the roots off and remove most of the leaves. Remove the babies and repot in the same size pot with fresh soil.
The soil is one of the most important things for success with Taccas. The mixture needs to be light, very porous and something that drains well. Use something like: 60% Canadian peat moss, 30% perlite, and 10% vermiculite. The soil should be a little bit acidic, so use something like a "Miracid" occasionally as a fertilizer.
I read that Taccas can go dormant, but it has never happened to us here in Florida. Our temperatures dip into the low 30's sometimes during the winter, but it goes back to the 70's during the day. Our Taccas are outside and seem not to mind that. I have lost a few plants that I moved inside our greenhouse before, I believe because of poor air circulation. The ones outside survived. Taccas are easier to grow outdoors where there is some air circulation.
Don't keep the Taccas too wet, but never let them dry out. Fertilize with Dynamite, Osmocote, or with Miracle Grow if you wish.
I would not recommend this plant for a beginner in search of low maintenance plants.