Black Bat Plant & White Bat Flower Plant

March 30, 2014 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Black and White Bat Plants

Black Bat Flower White Bat PlantsAustralia’s landscape and environment is great for cultivating Tacca species plants and there are a few varieties that are native to the land. The Tacca chantrieri, also known as the Black Bat Plant, is a member of the yam family called Dioscoreaceae. These particular unique flowering plants are native to Southeast Asia and grow wild in Yunnan Province, China. The black bat plant garners its name from its black colored bat-like flower that also has long black ‘whiskers’. There is also a White Bat Plant with the botanical name Tacca integrifolia. This plant is similar to the black version with the exception of the flower and whiskers having a white or close to white colour. Both species can grow to a height of 60 to 90 centimeters with a spread of equal size and their whiskers can reach a length of 71 centimeters. Our gardens are our pride and joy along with being our own staycation oasis. If you want to include a touch of the unusual and extraordinary to your garden to add some pop, then look no further than the Tacca chantrieri or integrifolia.

Caring for your Bat Plant.

Areas like Brisbane, Australia with tropical or subtropical climates are the greatest areas for cultivating White and Black bat plants. However, these hardy plants can be grown in different environments with proper attention and care. It is best to pot these plants when you have at least two to three months of warm weather to allow them to get established. The soil you grow these plants in may be the most important factor to successful development. It needs to be well-drained, light, very porous and a little on the acidic side. It is important to use fertiliser that is made to feed acid-loving plants like the bat plants. The Black and White bat plants survive well in shaded areas and it is often recommended to grow these plants in an area of full shade or filtered light with good air circulation. Even though you want the plant to be in protected shade, you want them to also have warmth and humidity. Make sure you water these plants enough so they do not dry out but be careful to not over water your plant. Both conditions can result in plant growth failure. Bat plants also do not like being root bound and will require periodic root maintenance. You will want to repot your plants every spring making sure to wash the soil, cut most of the roots, remove most of the leaves and remove babies. The babies should be repotted in a different similarly sized pot with fresh healthy soil. A 10 inch or larger pot is recommended whether you grow your bat plant indoors or outdoors. With careful loving consideration your White and Black bat plants will certainly flourish.

The bat plant’s extraordinary flowers and attractive foliage are enticing to any gardeners. Nonetheless, this plant is not considered a low maintenance plant and can be difficult to grow for novice home gardeners. For the experienced grower though the presence of the Tacca chantrieri and/or Tacca integrifolia can parlay into great conversations in the warm late spring and summer evenings.

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