Holy smokes, plant lovers! Have we got a spectacular specimen for you! The bat plant (Tacca spp.) is one for the collectors and named after its extraordinary flowers that resemble a bat’s face. When not in flower, the bat plant doesn’t disappoint, as its glossy, crinkly foliage takes centre stage. Perfect for indoor, warm and humid environments, these plants require a bit more care and attention but are well worth the, 'pows', 'vronks' and 'kapows' that may be felt along the way. 

How to grow bat plant in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained, shaded spot in the garden, like under a tree, and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw ensuring to keep it away from the base of the plant. 
  5. Water regularly during the growing season to keep the soil lightly moist, but reduce watering in winter to allow the soil to dry out between waterings.  
  6. Feed lightly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid in spring. 


How to grow bat plant in a pot

  1. Choose a pot twice the size of the rootball. Position indoors in a well-lit spot, away from direct sunlight. 
  2. Partially fill your chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Speciality Potting Mix Plants and Ferns.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any encircled or entangled roots.   
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.  
  5. Help protect plants from fungus gnats by applying a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier to the top of the mix.
  6. Water occasionally, allowing the plant to slightly dry out between waterings.
  7. Feed monthly during the growing season with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Liquid Plant Food or use Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns, which feeds for up to 2 months.

Growing tips

  • Keep the leaves clean by wiping with a damp cloth. 

  • Bat plants can be easily propagated through division. This is best done during the cooler months to avoid stress on the plant. 

  • Bat plants love humid environments and thrive in these conditions. Recreate these conditions at home by regularly misting the leaves and keeping it in a warm place.

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