I recently bought one at a show, and repotted to something more substational. But I am noticing at dark grayish area on the caudex. It seems ever so slighly soft. Please offer suggestions and what to do.
I'd immediately get it out of the pot for a close inspection for rot. Too wet? I doubt with the repot it'd be too dry.
I did, and the soil was quite damp after a week, its in a clay pot now and a coarser mix to hold less water.
I'm beginning to believe in air, air, and more air for Caudiciforms' roots.
My Fockia is just like a bulb sitting on top of the soil, and boy suddenly it is putting out the long winding stems from the top.
Now my Fockea caudex is about 75% underground. Should I raise it higher? There were a few roots at about 50% but most came from the bottom.
I have no idea, I just got mine about 6 weeks ago, it had no roots and looked like a green ball, I had mixed feelings that it would do anything so I laid it in the pot, and put dirt up halfway around it, watered it and left it alone other than watering, and this shoot came up in no time, I will take a picture later today.
if you refrain from raising the plant over and over again, you get a more spherical-shaped caudex. I have seen large wild-collected plants confirming that.
And caudex growth is probably faster when you keep the plant almost buried (70-75%). That's my experience but I could be wrong - generally.;-)
Oh, my, and yes, a sea onion. The top might really tall, you know, it needs support.
Ha, Life's little surprises. Sea Onions are nice.
Well the instructions said to support it or let it hang down so mine will hang,LOL