Fockea family of caudiciforms is highly desireable
for most succulent collectors because of the fat textured tuberous
roots. The roots grow and swell very rapidly even at a young age. They
will out grow a pot within one or two seasons and will crack the pot or
be so tightly packed in the pot that you can't get it without cutting
the pot or the plant. When re-potting fockea, expose as much of the
tuberous roots as possible. At first they will be white, but exposed to
fresh air, they will quickly turn a nice earth color.
Fockea is a great plant for the bonsai hobbyest, as
the large tuberous roots can be laid across the top surface of the pot
to great affect. Two species are collected be succulent hobbyests: F.
edulis and F. crispa. They both have the same fat root habit, but F.
crispa has small curly leaves and is the rarer species of the two.
Caring for Fockea is very simple. Give them regular
water in fast draining soil during the warms months. Remember to
oversize the pot. They will grow faster in bright light, however, a
shady location is okay. During the winter, protect them from frost.
Stop watering if its location falls below 50 degrees F. Trim the vines
periodically to prevent Fockea from overtaking your other plants. It
also looks more attractive with an occasional haircut.