I keep it on my patio (under cover) and it gets a few hours of morning sun/indirect sunlight I try to keep the soil slightly moist and it’s in the recommended soil The edges of the leaves are turning brown and sort of crinkling and yes they are slightly older leaves but I’m worried because this is the second one I’ve tried to grow & it’s a young plant.
I would look to one or more of a few things:
Either the soil moisture is slightly too moist in the center, or too dry on the edges (Confusing, I know), Or the humidity is too low for the plant's liking.
Another thing to consider is that these plants require constant feeding. Acid loving plant fertilizers are best.
We have a healthy black bat plant next to it. We water well and the plants are in a shady spot but well lite. It has bloomed once last year and we repotted it about four months ago.
This appears bacterial related. Be sure to treat with a fungicide and never allow water to sit in the trays. I would let the top of the soil dry out well between waterings, as well. Do not allow the soil to dry out further than an inch or so, and make sure that the undersoil remains slightly moist.
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There could be several reasons why a bat flower's flower would fail to open fully. One possible reason is insufficient sunlight. Bat flowers require a certain amount of sunlight to fully open their flowers, and if they are not receiving enough light, the flower may fail to open completely. Another reason could be improper watering or humidity levels. Bat flowers prefer a humid environment, and if the humidity is too low or the plant is not receiving enough water, the flower may not open fully. Additionally, pests or diseases can also affect the flower's ability to open fully. If the plant is infested with pests or affected by a disease, it may result in the flower failing to open completely.
Unfortunately, it would be hard to say what is happening to your plant, as these are quite particular in their care. What I can do is give you some articles that will help with its care:
We live in an area where deer are a problem.
Yes, that looks like a nice place for deer to hang out. I checked several references and some say yes, some say no. This extension publication says technically they are not, but reports suggest they are resistant. I will include some deer resistant lists for you. However, deer will eat anything if they are hungry enough.
I live in a tropical climate in far north Queensland, Australia. My bat plant is outside and under cover. I have started to get my first new leaves and flowers, but the are coming out small and crinkled. I've fed it with slow release fertiliser and have reduced the watering. Is there something else I should be doing? Picture attached
Aside from making sure that there is no standing water and applying a fungicide there isn't much that can be done. It does appear to have overwatering damage, but I notice a lot of undecayed organic matter. This can cause nutrient deficiencies until it has broken down.
I would recommend a good, acidic potting soil with added perlite for extra drainage. A change to this may show improvement.