Tacca Chantieri "Bat Plant"
OVERVIEW+ Comes in an 6" plastic container.
The Bat plant is a very unusual plant from the yam family, best known for its sinister looking black flowers with white whiskers. Some refer to as a bat in flight, others believe it is the devils flower. Native to Southern China, India, and South-east Asia.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
DIoscoreaceae / Tacca
Tacca Chantieri / Bat Plant / Devils Flower / Bat Orchid
This plant is rapidly growing and can reach heights well over 4 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter.
Tacca's love a relatively warm environment. Varying sources claim that while it can survive temps in the mid 30s, its best to keep this plant in conditions that are 55 degrees F and higher.
While a rainforest plant, it is considered a very hardy plant and makes for a great houseplant.
The tacca loves indirect light, do not expose it to direct sunlight as this is typically considered a shade plant. A northern window inside is best.
This plant likes to be relatively moist, but not wet or saturated. In winter time this plant does go through a dormant period, similar to cacti, so don't overwater it, but do keep it in a warm spot. It also is considered a higher humidity plant, so don't forget to mist, or keep it on a pebble tray. It is also known to really love lukewarm showers when it's time to water!
Loves organic-rich soil (such as a peat based or coir), that is full of nutrients.
DOES IT FLOWER?
YES! In the shape of flying bats! Such a unique flower.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes, this plant is considered poisonous
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes, but through division rather than cutting. You need to cut off one of its rhizomes at its roots, and replant this.
Common Problems: Root rot from overwatering / Common Pests: Mealy
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.