Tacca : Greenhouse Plants
T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
I have only seen one plant of this strange genus and that was Tacca chantrieri which comes from Burma and Siam. I happened to be at Kew Gardens when a specimen was in flower and I was so impressed by the malevolent looking black flowers, growing out of a number of bracts and bracteoles trailing off into 30-cm (12-in) long tentacles, that I have always remembered it. This plant is referred to as the Bat Plant which is indeed rather what it resembles. I have never seen a plant for sale but the rootstock and seed is available although not easy to germinate. It is best to soak the seed for 72 hours before sowing just beneath the surface of peat-based. A high temperature of 26°C (80°F) is then optimum for germination which may take between one month and a year. They need tropical conditions although a resting period is required during winter when they can be a little cooler and barely watered at all. The plants grow from rhizomes which after a while can be divided to give more plants.