How to Plant Bat Flower Tubers


If you've grown tired of African violets and dieffenbachia and are ready to consider a truly different type of houseplant, consider growing a bat flower (Tacca chantrieri or integrifolia). This plant grows to 2 feet in height. With its large, black or white flower that has long, trailing whiskers, the bat flower will add a dramatic touch to your home. Because bat flowers are hardy only in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 10 and 11, they are generally grown indoors where environmental conditions can be controlled.

Step 1

Add the orchid mix to the pot and water it until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow it to drain and water again, then allow the pot to drain for one hour.

Step 2

Bury the bat flower tuber, roots down, into the planting mix to a depth of 1 inch.

Step 3

Place the potted tuber in an area that receives bright light, but not direct sunlight, for most of the day. Temperatures should remain above 80 degrees F. Your bat flower tuber should begin sprouting within three weeks to one month.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the soil to dry out; keep it wet, but not soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting pot, at least 10 inches in diameter
  • Orchid planting mix
  • Bat flower tuber


  • Marsh Botanical Gardens: Plant of the Week: Bat-Flower
  • Nature Hills Nursery: Bat Flower
  • "American Horticultural Society: A-Z Plant Encyclopedia of Garden Plants"; Christopher Brickell and H. Marc Cathey, Editors-in-Chief; 2008
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