I have a wonderful white bat plant that has flowered every year for the last 5 years without any added fertiliser or repotting. However, there are two plants in the same 52 cm pot and I would like to separate the two plants and repot both into similar size pots. (see attached picture). The plants are on my patio, well shaded from direct sunlight, plenty of ventilation and out of strong breezes. Some leaves, on occasions, have curled and crinkled but seem to survive in the longer term. How would one carry out this operation with fear of damaging one or both plants?
After a bit of research I discovered that it is NOT recommended to split the plant.
This would likely kill both plants and with the cost of this plant (new plants can be difficult to find and are quite expensive).
If the plant needs repotting, do this after blooming and as carefully as possible, but move the plants together.
Here is a link with care information.
The plant puts out new leaves but just a short time (within a week). The new leaves tips turn brown and stop growing. What am I doing wrong? Please help.
Make sure you had planted your Black Bat in a shade location with well draining soil.
Here is a link with more information.
So I bought some Bat Flower seeds and attempted to grow them this year. I thought none of the seeds sprouted. Then one day after I had transferred things to different pots reusing soil from here and there, I see a little sprout come up, which was, I thought a hollyhock. The leaves were similar, but it was growing straight up taller then the other HH plants. To my surprise, it sprouted this black flower bulb but that bulb never opened. It dried out, so I deadheaded it since then there has been new green leaf growth and seems to be blooming these tiny little yellow flowers, much like you'd see before a vegetable of some sort. So my question is, is this a bat flower plant? What happened first with the black bulb? I was certain, but now these little yellow flowers are throwing me off. I didn't see the yellow flower before the first black bulb.
It can take up to 9 months for a Bat Flower seed to germinate.
The yellow flower that you see is likely do to the soil contamination and is not from the Bat Flower.
Tubers would form over time with the plant when they are grown from seed.
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.
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:
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:
My bat plant seedlings are growing so fast and tall and are all falling over. Is this what happens with them? Could some one help with pictures and how to would be great? thanks Mick
Leggy seedlings can be due to lack of light. You can try replanting the seedlings into pots that support the plant and increase light to the plants.
Here are some links with more information.
My Bat Flower leaves are all turning brown and crunchy. I have tried decreasing watering and that didn't help it started to will so I went back to keeping the top soil moist but not soggy. I increased the fertilizer to every 2 weeks, 1/2 the normal rate. Is there anything else I can try. Terre email@example.com
Can you include a picture? This almost sounds like a fungal infection. If so, then I would recommend replacing 1/4 of your water with peroxide the next time you water. This can help clear things up. To be sure, it would be helpful if you could include a picture.
I received a bare root bat flower how long with it take to green up
My research shows that a bare root Bat Flower should start to grow soon after planting.
This link has more information.