Fockea edulis

$45.00

Fockea edulis is an unusual plant that comes from South African and Namibia, where the dry savannah and rocky slopes house its huge, water retaining caudex. This fat, twisted root is often lifted above the soil by collectors to give this plant the impression that it’s actually a miniature, wide-trunked tree. Semi-deciduous, this plant sheds leaves in the winter and relies on stored water for a semi-dormant period. Then, come late summer, it bursts forth with green-copper flowers.  If shipping, plant will be shipped bare root with planter and soil.

Origin

Native to South African and Namibia.

Sun

Fockea edulis does best in filtered sun, 4 to 5 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun by sheltering this plant beneath the limbs of a larger plant or placing it in the shadow of a sheer curtain. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure.

Water

Native to arid and sub-tropical climates, Fockea edulis are drought tolerant plants. Water when the soil dries out in the summer and only infrequently during the winter. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly. 

Tula's Tip

If the caudex starts to shrivel up, Fockea edulis is thirsty. Fertilize: These plants do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength during the grow season.

Size

The arrangement measures approx. 10-12" tall and 4" wide (vines are longer). Every plant will vary in size, color and shape. 

 

Delivery Method

Nationwide shipping, NYC delivery and pickup available. Delivered Bare root