Tacca integrifolia White Bat Flower
Taccas are legendary for bearing one of the most bizarre flowers ever seen. The whiskers on that strange blossom are 14" long! The foliage is gorgeous, and in a tropical setting, they are prolific and spectacular.
Native to Southeast Asia, Taccas require just the right environment to thrive. They like shade, consistent warmth, humidity, good air circulation, and can be grown outdoors in zones 10-11 or indoors in a tropical environment, When they're happy, they bloom like crazy.
If you've been coveting a Tacca of your own, you know how finicky they can be. But if you can grow orchids, you can grow Tacca.
Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water. If you have a thermos that is ideal to keep temperature consistent. If not, change water as frequently as possible to keep seeds warm.
Fill a pot with seed starting mix, (something containing a combination of perlite/vermiculite/peat moss/coir/pumice.) and water, allow to drain.
Place seeds 1/16 in. deep, and cover with light layer of soil. Use a spray bottle to keep soil moist, but not soaking wet. Do not water with a direct stream of water, this can bury seeds too deeply to germinate.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm/sunny location. Tacca needs consistent heat and moisture to germinate, ideally 80-85 degrees. Germination can take 2-10 months, please be patient!
Remove plastic wrap/dome cover once you have seedlings.