The Jade Gollum plant is an evergreen perennial succulent plant that hails from the Crassula genus and is a member of the Crassulaaceae family.
It is known for its weird, fleshy, or succulent foliage that is long and tubular in shape (resembles ogre ears). It is carried by woody stems that are stunted in height. When grown under the right conditions, they produce pinkish flowering blooms.
Gollum Jade succulent plants are rare plants that are native to tropical regions of South Africa and countries in the Southeastern part of Africa, like Mozambique.
The finger jade plant is used as an ornamental plant indoors but be careful as they can be toxic to pets and people when eaten.
|Botanical Name||Crassula Ovata Gollum|
|Common Names||Gollum Jade Plant, finger jade, Shrek Plant|
|Origin||Mozambique, South Africa|
|Plant Type||Evergreen, succulent plant|
|Full Size||Ranges from 1 foot to 3 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Ranges from partial shade to full sunlight|
|Soil Type||Rich Well-draining soil|
|Toxicity||Can be toxic to people and pets when eaten|
Gollum Jade Care
Members of the Crassula genus are often known as low-maintenance plants and the Gollum jade is no exception. These succulent plants have basic lighting, watering, temperature, and soil requirements that must be met for flourishing growth.
Gollum Jade Light Requirements
The Shrek plant would do well in a room that has enough bright sunlight to feed its growing leaves. So it is recommended that you grow them in areas of full sunlight.
However, too much exposure to sunlight can lead to sunburn, so to prevent this, you would need to regulate the light intensity it receives.
Also, too little sunlight is not healthy for the growing jade Gollum plant, and this is noticeable, as the plant would have stunted growth, darker hues, and look leggy.
The best practice for lighting would be to place the potted plant in a room with an eastward-facing window. There it should receive at least 4 hours of morning sunlight.
During the hot afternoon, you would need to provide partial shade to the plant while maintaining the brightness. You can achieve this with a light curtain or cloth to filter the sun’s rays.
Gollum Jade Water Requirement
How often you water the Gollum Jade succulent depends on the climatic conditions of the area it is grown in. For the summer months, it is recommended that you water the jade plant every week.
In a cooler season, watering should be limited to once in 10 days or 2 weeks. However, you should limit watering to once a month in the winter or once in 3 weeks.
Humidity level also affects watering, as watering can be reduced in areas of high humidity. The goal of watering is to keep the soil moist but not wet.
A good way to achieve this is by making use of a moisture meter to check the soil’s moisture level, or you can also feel the topmost part of the soil with your finger before if it feels dry you can proceed to watering the plant.
Always use dechlorinated water at room temperature to avoid stressing the root. Rainwater is the best choice.
Gollum Jade Soil Requirement
Gollum Jade plants grow well when placed in well-draining soil that is rich and has a little acidic content.
To meet this requirement, you would need a healthy mix of potty soil (you can mix two parts cactus potting soil), with one part perlite and one part sandy soil or coarse soil.
Ensure the mix is well-draining by pouring in a little water, if it forms a puddle you might need more perlite.
The pH level of the soil should be a little acidic, it should range between acidic and neutral at a level of 6.5 to 7.0.
Gollum Jade Temperature and Humidity Requirement
As a tropical plant native to South Africa, the Gollum Jade loves high humidity levels as well as high-temperature levels.
Ensure the humidity level is above 50%, you can achieve this with the use of a humidifier or by regular misting.
Temperature levels for the exotic jade plant should be kept above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If it falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, you risk the health of the plant.
Gollum Jade Fertilizer Requirement
Use a half-strength cactus fertilizer on the Shrek ear succulent plant. This should be done during the plant’s growth seasons and every 2 weeks.
Gollum Jade Propagation
You can propagate the Gollum Jade plant through Leaf cuttings and Stem cuttings. Ensure you use a sterilized tool to avoid infections.
Common Health Problems of the Gollum Jade Plant
- Spider mites
- Brown spots
- Yellow leaves
Frequently Asked Questions
Jade plants are slow growers reaching 2 inches each year
The most common nicknames are the Silver dollar plant and Money plant
Gollum Jade plants were named Shrek ears as they resemble the ears of a fictional character in a movie called “Shrek”.
Watering. Following the right watering schedule would keep the plant looking healthy and alive.
When exposed to excess water, they can suffer fungal attacks which cause root rot.