The Black Batflower is one of the more rare and captivating tropical plants going around. With fast-growing deep green foliage and flowers that look like delicate bats, it is the perfect gift for plant lovers.
Scientific name: Tacca chantrieri
Difficulty level: Medium
Tacca likes bright indirect light. No direct sun or the leaves will burn. Ensuring enough light and warmth will make all the difference for this weird and wonderful fellow. They are a tropical plant and hate the cold so keep them away from draughts.
Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not let the plant sit in water in the drip tray. With delicate roots, this guy will quickly get root rot if kept in water too long. We recommend using lukewarm water rather than cold and do not water the leaves. They will also benefit from being placed on a bed of pebbles to create more humidity or take it into the bathroom with you when you shower (!)
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser every fortnight following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow- release fertiliser to last the first 4 months).
During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) fortnightly at half dose. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves and if the conditions are right, crazy black flowers!
In autumn, the plant will begin to die back, similar to Alocasia. During this time, reduce your watering, stop fertilising and do not stress if it loses a lot of leaves. Come spring and summer it will begin it’s rapid growth again.
Use a moisture metre stick to check the soil every few days rather than having to dig in the soil with your finger.