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Jade Plant 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Also known as

Money Plant 'Gollum', Friendship Tree 'Gollum', Lucky Tree 'Gollum', Pink Joy, Beestebul, Kerkij, Kerky, Plakkies (Afr.)

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Jade Plant 'Gollum'

Some red tinged green leaved Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ plants
Some green leaves and the woody trunk of a Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ plant
A pot of green Crassula ovata 'Gollum' leaves
A photo of Jade Plant 'Gollum'
Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Jade Plant 'Gollum' Overview

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' is an easy to grow succulent, happiest in bright light and sandy soil (you can get a sandy cactus soil from plant centres). Let it dry out completely in between waterings. This unusual plant is a sturdy, evergreen succulent cultivar that slowly develops a tree-like shape and can grow up to 1.2m tall. Its fleshy leaves look like Shrek's ears – bright green and tubular with red tips. In late summer, this species can produce small, white-pink, star-shaped flowers. Crassula ovata 'Gollum' is known by several different common names thanks to its interestingly shaped leaves. These names include Hobbit Jade, Gollum Jade and Trumpet Jade. It is usually grown indoors and needs very little watering.

Common problems with Jade Plant 'Gollum'

How to harvest Jade Plant 'Gollum'

Collect the seeds once the flowers have dried up.​

How to propagate Jade Plant 'Gollum'

The genus Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings.

Seed

The fine seeds are distributed by the wind. Mix the fine seeds with well draining soil, spread out in a thin layer, moisten the soil, create humidity with a plastic cover until germination.

Division

Cuttings

Crassula species can be easily propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Special features of Jade Plant 'Gollum'

Attracts useful insects

The abundant flowers will attract bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps and flies.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors in good light, therefore close to a window.

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

This plant is a succulent - able to store water in its leaves, branches and stems and therefore does not require much water. Let the soil dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

Pot plant

The jade plant grows very well in a pot given that it has enough light, is not exposed to frost and has good drainage.

Other uses of Jade Plant 'Gollum'

Crassula ovata is a wonderful sculptural plant for pots, tubs, rockeries, retaining walls and gravel gardens and is the ideal plant for a water-wise garden. It can also be grown in pots indoors.

Medicinal

The Khoi and other Africa tribes uses the jade plant medicinally by boiling the leaves in milk for the treatment of diarrhea.

Edible

The Khoi used to eat the roots by grating it as preparation before cooking and served it with thick milk.