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Asked by Iknowurider on March 9, 2016
Black Bat Flower

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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Make sure you had planted your Black Bat in a shade location with well draining soil.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bat-flower/growing-bat-flowers.htm

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Asked by Harasrussell on July 28, 2016
Bat Flower

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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bat-flower/growing-bat-flowers.htm

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Asked by shirley cilia on January 5, 2017
Bat Plants

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

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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Asked by kurrimine on March 6, 2017
Bat Plant Seedlings

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

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/seeds/leggy-seedling.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bat-flower/growing-bat-flower-seeds.htm

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