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By Meanie


Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri (Bat Flower))

After a day or so the open flowers drop down to their blooming position, making space for the others to start to open.



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ooh Am I first....well it's certainly different...and are they the leaves behind...they are big...!!

9 Aug, 2011

 

An incredible plant!!!

9 Aug, 2011

 

lovely, it just gets better every time you update us...

9 Aug, 2011

 

Wow!! fabulous Meanie...:>)

9 Aug, 2011

 

that is brilliant ~ i love the flowers ~ and isnt it great how they make space for others ~ clever bat!!!

9 Aug, 2011

 

Goodness me, that is some plant!

9 Aug, 2011

 

It s getting there Meanie not long now.

9 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks all!
As you may have guessed, I'm rather smitten!
Crissue - the leaves are rather large. Up to 50cm big in fact!

9 Aug, 2011

 

wow, 50cm

9 Aug, 2011

 

so the flower is about 20cm??

9 Aug, 2011

 

Sorry - you know already that I'm not a batflower fan. It is a fantastic plant, I agree, but I couldn't exactly describe it as 'pretty'. LOL. Maybe if it was purple? :-D

9 Aug, 2011

 

Do they have purple bats spritz?? Or are they called fruit bats?!

9 Aug, 2011

 

Even I couldn't call it beautiful, but it is fascinating! Everyone who sees it either says WOW or bursts out laughing!!!

This is next on the list..................

http://www.paraplants.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=18&Itemid=1

9 Aug, 2011

 

i cant make the link work meanie?? do you google 'the most out of this world specimen plants' to find the ones you want??

9 Aug, 2011

 

Try it now!
I found this just by typing "Tacca" into google instead of "Tacca chanterieri".

9 Aug, 2011

 

Very nice Meanie! The photo I took was of one in an conservatory in San Francisco. How exciting to have one of your very own!!! Is yours in a conservatory as well? They're tropical, aren't they?

10 Aug, 2011

 

Hi Meanie, just had a look at the Tacca on line, quite a Plant...What type of compost/growing criteria do you follow to get your successful bloom...just asking, I'm not going to grow, I'll watch yours :o))))

10 Aug, 2011

 

ah yes i have got it now! its a beautiful ~ im using googlechrome and this time went straight to the page as soon as i highlighted it ~ nice and easy.
i think its the best yet!!

10 Aug, 2011

 

Tasty - yes mine is in the conservatory, as it likes heat, humidity and shade. Reputed to take a degree or two of frost.

Crissue - conditions as above. Compost wise, it needs to retain moisture yet be free draining, so it's a mix of ordinary potting compost mixed with orchid compost and a little grit. It's in a 30cm pot. Regular misting with care to ensure that the leaf axils fill up with water (that is supposed to encourage blooming).

Sticki - it was my fault. I found that through one of these sights that takes the google search request in and redirects you. So the original link could not work as google was not sending out a search request.

10 Aug, 2011

 

wow that would make a formidable plant if you get one Meanie...

10 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks for that....:o))

10 Aug, 2011

 

Wouldn't it just!

10 Aug, 2011

 

don't worry ~ got there in the end thanks

10 Aug, 2011

 

love the colour of this one, very unusual

10 Aug, 2011

 

It's continuing to get darker Yorkshire!

10 Aug, 2011

 

you'll have to put another picture on Meanie

11 Aug, 2011

 

The giant one DOES have purple in it! I might even have a grudging 'like' for that one, Meanie! LOL.

11 Aug, 2011

 

I'll do another later Yorkshire.....

It'll involve a shopping session in the US at the moment Spritz!

11 Aug, 2011

 

That wont be too much of a hardship will it meanie?

11 Aug, 2011

 

I wouldn't fancy it's chances mail order Sticki. They're only small plants as well. Now if I could find someone growing it with fresh seed.........

12 Aug, 2011

 

Meanie:

This is some great documentation of the flowering of this Tacca species.

13 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks Delonix - the whole process has been a joy for me!

13 Aug, 2011

 

That's terrific! It's great information for anyone growing this plant. Keep up the good work. :>)

14 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks Delonix - my next challenge is to keep it happy during its winter rest period...........

14 Aug, 2011

 

Meanie:

Good luck! Although, I doubt you need luck. :>)

15 Aug, 2011

 

Lovely shot

16 Aug, 2011

 

All part of the learning curve Delonix.........

Thank you Treetop!

16 Aug, 2011



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