Crassula Ovata Gollum

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Crassula Ovata Gollum: Jade Plant

The Crassula Ovata Gollum is a variant of Crassula Ovata plants, which are also known as Jade plants. It is a peculiar-looking plant with tube-like leaves that are puckered at the ends. Crassula Ovata Gollum gets its name from a character in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings named Gollum. These jade plants are colloquially known by fun names such as spoon jade, ET’s fingers, finger jade, trumpet jade, and Shrek’s ears.

The Crassula Ovata Gollum is a succulent native to South Africa and Mozambique. They usually thrive in cooler regions and are a popular houseplant. It is characterized by its long green leaves that have a reddish tinge at their tips. These plants can bloom and have flowers that can either be pink or white and have a star shape. They can grow up to 80 cm or 30 inches. They are evergreen succulents and are often a popular option for bonsai.

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Growing Crassula Ovata Gollum Indoors

The Crassula Ovata Gollum is a versatile succulent, and it can be grown both indoors and outdoors as long as it is well taken care of. They need well-draining soil and sunlight so that they can grow properly.

While growing Crassula Ovata Gollum indoors, you need to make sure that they are kept somewhere with a lot of natural sunlight. If you’re not sure about the amount of sunlight your plant is receiving, check its leaves’ color – a deep green color shows that the plant is not receiving enough sun, while sufficient sun exposure will make the leaves light green with a pronounced red tip.

A lack of sunlight will make Crassula Ovata Gollum leaves stretch in a process known as etiolation. This means that the plant needs more sun, and growing is unnatural to get more of it. Etiolation is harmful to the plant and will make it weak. Your plant must receive enough sunlight. In case you live in somewhere with inadequate sunlight, you will need to supplement with a grow light for your Crassula Ovata Gollum.

Sunlight Requirements for Crassula Ovata Gollum

It needs 4 to 6 hours of light a day to survive and grow. They can grow very well in partial sunlight and in full sun. Before they can be placed in the full sun, they will need to be acclimatized to it to prevent sunburns. It is better to place the plant out in the sun during the mornings rather than in the afternoons. In case you live in somewhere with intense heat, invest in sunshades or ensure that Crassula Ovata Gollum only receives partial sunlight.

Crassula Ovata Gollum is quite resilient when it comes to cold and frost. They can tolerate mild frost and low temperatures, but you need to make sure that they are not kept outside for too long if the weather is freezing. If you live in an area that experiences extreme winters, invest in frost cloths or mini-greenhouses for your succulents.

Soil Requirements for Crassula Ovata Gollum

The Crassula Ovata Gollum, like all succulents, needs well-draining soil. There are quite a few potting mixes available in the market, and you may use a cactus mix for your jade plant. If you feel that your potting mix does not drain enough, you can add perlite or sandy soil to ensure that the soil remains well-draining. Depending on your area’s weather and the humidity, you can either use a 2:1 ratio of potting mix and perlite/sandy soil or a ratio of 1:1. More humidity means that you will need more drainage, so you need to add more perlite or sandy soil.

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Watering Requirements for Crassula Ovata Gollum

Like most other succulents, Crassula Ovata Gollum does not need too much water to survive. In fact, a lot of water will damage the plant. They are native to dry areas and lack water, and will only need to be water occasionally.

Crassula Ovata Gollum’s watering schedule will depend on the area you live in and the weather you experience. This Jade plant will need to be watered every 7 to 10 days in areas that are hot and dry. Watering once every 10 to 14 days will be enough in cooler areas. You will not need to water your plant during monsoons if it is kept outside. The rainwater will be more than enough for it. The watering schedule will once again change during winters – once every 2 or 3 weeks will be enough.

If you live in a humid place, water your plant less frequently. It is very easy to over-water Crassula Ovata Gollum, so you should check the soil’s moisture before you water it.

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How To Propagate Crassula Ovata Gollum

Crassula Ovata Gollum can be propagated using leaves and stem cuttings. If you’re looking for the easiest method with a high success rate, then stem cuttings are the way to go.

Propagating of this succulent plant using stem cuttings will take about 4 to 6 weeks. Start with a stem cutting and allow it to dry. After it has dried, you can stick them in a pot with a well-draining pot mix. You may also dip the stem cutting in rooting hormone if you want to speed up the process. Make sure that you keep it away from direct sunlight and water it only if the soil feels dry. The stem cuttings should form roots within two weeks and develop new growth by week 4 or 6.

Propagating from leaves is a similar process, but the growth will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It is advisable that you use stem cuttings over leaves.

Pests on Crassula Ovata Gollum

Crassula Ovata Gollum can get infested by scale insects that can cause deformed growth in the plant. Commons pests that infest this plant are mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. If your plant is infested, you can use a brush dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the infestation.

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Crassula Ovata Gollum and Toxicity

Crassula Ovata Gollum, like other Jade plants, is toxic to cats and dogs. It is also mildly toxic to people and can cause dermatitis if you get exposed to their sap or leaves. If you have pets, you should either keep them away from the plant or place the plant out of their reach.

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