Bat plant - minimum of 4 seeds
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Bat plant - minimum of 4 seeds

The incredible, yet stunning looking Bat plant grows wild in the tropical forest in Yunnan Province, China, where they can get as tall as 36 inches. They grow best in a well-drained, slightly acidic soil and although they appear highly exotic, these beautiful plants are in fact hardy down to -3 degrees Celsius. 

Sow into plug trays filled with a good quality John Innes 'Seed' compost, then give them a further light covering of compost or horticultural; grit. Gently water them in, then seal the tray into a clear polythene bag placing it on the window sill of a warm bright room, but out of direct sunlight. Germination can take anywhere between 1 and 9 months but this can be improved by allowing the seed ot soak overnight in warm water before sowing.

Once the seedlings are large enough to handle they are ready for transplanting into individual pots. Using a good quality ericaceous compost mix in an addition 10-20% horticultural grit or perlite for extra drainage. During the growing season, these young seedlings must be watered regularly and because they thrive in humid conditions, give them an occasional misting.

During the winter, watering will need to be reduced considerably, but do not allow the soil to completely dry out. To maintain the plant in best condition move your bat plant to a mild sheltered area such as a conservatory, then re-pot into a larger pot once new growth begins in the spring.

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