Fockea edulis ...container culture.
Did a search on this forum, and I need some updated information regarding this plant. I need specific answers to:
1. Potting medium. Could Al's quick-draining mix be used for this plant? 1 part each: Pine-bark fines- (Repti-Bark), Turface-MVP and Aquarium gravel/Grit
2. What is the best way to fatten, and elongate the underground caudex for maximum growth? Should the caudex be left below the potting medium, and only exposed when desired size is reached. One past-posting says that the caudex will only expand if the outer "bark" remains pliable, and once the "bark" hardens off after exposure, it will no longer be able to expand and fatten. So I want a as large a caudex as possible. Should I grow this plant in a deep pot, and keep the caudex buried as long as possible, even to the point, assuming it grows very large, of planting it into a small, plastic garbage can?
3. Can the vine-like stems be cut back to produce some kind of branching system. that will be kept in check, or should I allow these vines to just sprawl and elongate to produce as much plant food as possible for the caudex to store?
4. If given the "bonsai" treatment, will the leaves become smaller and reduce in scale under bonsai culture,i.e. small amounts of soil, shallow pots, raised caudex, exposed roots, constant trimming of errant growth, etc.
I'd like to give this plant a try, and I've read that they are pretty easy to grow.
Any information will be helpful. Thanks,