Bat Flower


QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE

1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full shade if outdoors. If indoors, place in an area with indirect sunlight and good air circulation.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Hardy outdoors in zones 9 and warmer. In cooler zones (1 to 8), treat as a houseplant. These flowers do not like temperatures below 50 degrees F.

3. Planting Distance - One plant per 6 inch or larger container.

4. Mature Height/Spread - 2 to 3 feet tall.

5. Bloom Time - Summer.

6. Planting Instructions - Fill the container with soil to within 4 inches of the top. Dig a hole in soil to insert the lower part of the root ball.  Remove plastic containers and loosen up roots that have encircled the growing pot.  Place the plant in the hole and back fill to original soil line.  Water well, and if necessary, adjust the plant so that it is upright. Add additional soil to bring the level back up to the original soil line. Never insert the plant lower than the original top of the soil ball.

GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT

A native of India the exotic Bat Flower is one of the most unusual plants you will ever see.  The foliage is beautiful and the flowers resemble a bat on strong stems that can be 24 to 32 inches tall.  This is a tropical plant that grows well both indoors or out.  Grows best if planted in a container with well-drained soil.  Outdoors these prefer a shady area while indoors they should be placed in indirect sunlight with good air circulation.  The Bat Flower will bloom year round under ideal growing conditions.

CONTINUING CARE

Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).

Feeding - After active growth begins feed periodically with a good all-purpose fertilizer for indoor flowering plants.

Winterizing - When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably one with a southern exposure. Even a bathroom will do if it has a southern exposure.  Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however; this does not mean to water them daily. Bathrooms simply provide natural humidity for the plant's environment. 

If you place your plant in any other room, you can boost the humidity level around your plant by filling a shallow tray with gravel and water then placing the pot in the tray.  The water level should be slightly below the gravel so that the pot is not submerged in the water.  You may also use a spray bottle to mist the plant with water once a week.

All other watering and feeding indoors should be reduced significantly.  Do not over water or allow your plants to sit in water.  If you follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter, your plant will extend its performance of joy from the day you received it.

In the spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.

 

CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.