Bat Flower (S)
Hardy in Zones 10-11
The Bat Flower grows naturally in the jungle regions of Southeast Asia so it is important to try and recreate the jungle-like environment in which it thrives.
Plant bulbs individually, just below the surface of the soil, in 10” pots, in a light, well-draining potting mix. Some experts suggest using an ‘Orchid Mix’. Provide a temperature of 25-29C (75-85F) through the summer and 15-18C (60-65F) through the winter. It prefers at least 4 hours of bright, indirect sunlight a day: avoid direct sunlight.
Enjoys summers outside if protected from all wind. Bat Flowers are heavy feeders and drinkers so, from spring- fall, water often and fertilize every other week. In early fall begin to withhold water and fertilizer to encourage the plant to go into dormancy. When the leaves have turned yellow and died back they can be removed and the plant can be brought inside in its pot. Store in a warm, dark, dry place and do not water the plant, but do not allow it to become bone dry. A light spritz of water once a month should be enough.
In spring, two to three weeks before average nighttime temperatures are expected to remain above 12-13C (55F), move the Bat Flower to a sunny window and bring it out of dormancy by watering it. Start off slowly with just a little bit of water and gradually increase the amounts of water as the foliage begins to grow.
Re-pot every two to three years in spring; divide plants or put into larger pots. When watering, occasionally add a cup of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water. The extra oxygen will kill fungus spores, prevent root rot and encourage roots to grow.