Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’
“Gollum Jade,” “Finger Jade”
This beautiful Crassula has green tubed leaves with bright red tips. It does well planted in containers. Very sensitive to over-watering, so err on the side of under-watering this species.
Full sun to partial shade
Can be grown indoors if it receives enough light
Typical water needs for a succulent – be careful not to over-water!
Grows up to 3 ft (30 cm to 91 cm) tall, and up to 2 ft (30 cm to 60 cm) wide
Zone 9 (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagate by leaf or stem cuttings
Can be toxic
Actively grows during Spring and Fall
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’
Gollum Jade is an evergreen succulent. The tips of the green tubular leaves turn red when in full sun. You can look forward to light pink or white star-shaped flowers.
Crassula are very susceptible to over-watering, so be sure to use the “soak and dry” method and only water when the soil is completely dry.
Where To Plant
Plant in an area of your garden that gets full sun.
Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ actively grows in cooler seasons. If fertilizing, be sure to use a fertilizer that is diluted, and feed the plant during its active growing time. Ensure that it is receiving plenty of sunlight to minimize stretching.
Gollum Jade is named after the character J.R.R. Tolkien’s character Gollum. It is similar to the Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit.’
How to Propagate Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’
When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
It can be difficult to propagate Crassula ovata “Gollum” from leaves, but it is possible.
If you are taking a cutting of a ‘Gollum,’ use a sterile knife or sharp scissors and cut a tube from the base of the plant. Allow the cutting to dry for several days before placing in well-draining soil. Wait to water an additional day or two, and then water using the “soak and dry” method.