Soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm/hot water. Use
a thermos bottle to keep the water hot during this time.
Sow at 1.5mm
(1/16 inch) deep in trays or pots, using a good, moist, seed starting
mix in a propagator or warm place to maintain optimum temperature of
27-30°C (81-86°F). It is essential that the soil temperature is high and
kept steady. Germination usually takes 1-9 months.
benefit from frequent dilute applications of soluble fertiliser. When
small, they pass through a stage of almost chronic chlorosis, even with
regular fertilisation, but overcome this in a few weeks. Transplant the
seedlings when they are large enough to handle into 8cm (3 inch) pots of
a recommended potting mixture for mature plants (see below).
During the growing season (late spring to late summer) the plants will
need to be watered very regularly and the compost must be well drained.
Pot on as required into 10cm (5 inch) and finally 25cm (10 inch) pots.
Furthermore treat the plants as mature Tacca chantrieri. The plants will reach flowering size in about two to three years.
The soil is one of the most important things for success with these
plants. The mixture needs to be light, very porous and something that
drains well. Use something like: 60% peat moss, 30% perlite and 10%
vermiculite or use a potting soil mix designed for orchids. During
repotting, add controlled-release fertilizer pellets to the potting
mixture. Avoid tamping the soil too much. Water to get the soil to
settle around the roots and let it drain away. Put the transplant in low
to medium light and allow to harden off for about 8 weeks before moving
to a brighter location.