Bat Flower

Bat Plants


shirley cilia added on January 4, 2017 | Answered

I have had two bat plants for a couple of years now. They have very healthy leaves but, alas, no flowers. How often do they flower, please, and how long do the flowers last? I saw the parent plant in my neighbor's garden in flower when I received mine, but hers hasn't flowered either for two years now. Thank you, Shirley.


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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on January 5, 2017

The bat plant, botanical name Tacca chantrieri, begins blooming when it's 2 or 3 years old. If you grew yours from seed, it simply might not be old enough yet, but you should see flowers next summer.

Here are some general reasons a plant may not flower:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-not-blooming.htm

Although the bat plant shouldn't be in direct sun and should be planted in shade outdoors, they do need bright indirect light to flower indoors.

Nutrients are a common culprit: excessive nitrogen levels or lack of phosphorus will inhibit flowering in most plants.

See this article for more on bat plant care:
http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/plants_and_grasses/flowering_plants/bat_flower.html

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