Houseplants forum: Help with Tacca Chantrieri "black bat plant"

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clfitz916
Jul 22, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Hello,
I am needing help with my Tacca Chantrieri "black bat plant". I purchased this once beautiful bat plant about 3-4 months ago. Originally kept it in the house in east window (not direct sun) shaded by trees. Put the plant on saucer with pebbles w/water for humidity, tried misting it, etc. In a short period of time, the edges of the leaves started to turn dark brown and some leave totally turned brown which needed to be removed. After removing approximately 1/2 of the leaves, i moved the plant outside on our front porch facing north. Unfortunately, the plant has not improved much. I live in Ohio and understand this is not native to the plant. However, i would love to save the plant and keep it as a houseplant. Any suggestions, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance:)

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 22, 2017 2:57 PM CST
This is a novelty plant that is very hard to grow outside of a greenhouse. It is very demanding, requiring a lot of very bright mostly indirect sunlight indoors, warm temps at all times, high humidity and careful attention to watering. It looks like yours is in a pot that has no drain holes and that complicates watering considerably. The wilting appears to be a problem with soil either being kept too moist (water collecting at the bottom?) and causing root rot or the soil being allowed to get too dry periodically causing roots to die back.

Because of the severe wilting, you may want to try unpotting it and inspecting the condition of the roots. If there are many healthy roots remaining (I would be surprised!), move it into a smaller pot with drain holes using a porous potting mix. This is kind of a last resort procedure.

Good luck with this very challenging plant!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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clfitz916
Jul 23, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Hi Will,
Thank you so much for your help. The pot is actually a resin type material with drainage, made to look like ceramic. I agree with you, this plant is very demanding lol. I have about 80 houseplants and this one is giving me a run for my money:( Will try your suggestions and see what happens!!
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WillC
Jul 23, 2017 11:25 AM CST
What do you mean by "with drainage?" Do you mean drainage material in the bottom or a drain hole?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

clfitz916
Jul 23, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Drain holes drilled in pot:)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 23, 2017 4:46 PM CST
OK, that's a good thing so at least you know that water has not accumulated in the bottom of the pot. Try to determine if you have allowed to soil to get too dry periodically or whether you have kept the soil too moist and then make the appropriate adjustment. If the roots are still viable, it should make a slow recovery, although the existing leaves may not recover. This is a challenging plant to grow indoors.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

clfitz916
Jul 23, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Thanks Will for all your help:)

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