Tacca (Bat flower) Care Guide

Welcome to our Tacca Care Guide! In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to successfully care for your Tacca plant. Tacca, also known as the Bat Flower or Devil's Tongue, is a unique and exotic plant that requires specific care to thrive.


Tacca plants prefer bright, indirect light. They should be placed in a location where they can receive filtered sunlight or bright shade. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight as it can scorch their leaves.


Tacca plants thrive in warm and humid environments. They prefer temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18°C - 29°C). Avoid exposing them to cold drafts or temperatures below 60°F (15°C).


Proper watering is crucial for the health of your Tacca plant. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot.


Tacca plants require high humidity levels to thrive. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a tray filled with water and pebbles. Misting the leaves regularly can also help maintain humidity.


Use a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture but doesn't become waterlogged. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well for Tacca plants.


Feed your Tacca plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to avoid overfeeding.


Remove any yellow or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's overall health. Prune back any leggy or overgrown stems to encourage bushier growth.


Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. If you notice any signs of infestation, treat the plant with an appropriate insecticide or insecticidal soap.  You can find more detailed pest information on our Pest ID and Treatment pages.


Tacca plants can be propagated through division or by collecting and planting their seeds. Division is the most common method and should be done during repotting.

With proper care and attention, your Tacca plant will reward you with its unique and stunning blooms. Enjoy the beauty and charm of this exotic plant in your home or garden!