Gollum Jade Plant Care is not tricky if you follow the right directions. Read the easy guide and include this succulent in your plant collection.
Gollum Jade Plant is one of the best succulents for small spaces. It stays compact, looks amazing, and is quite easy to look after! Here’s all the information on Growing Ogre Ear Succulent!
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Gollum Jade Plant Information
Also known as the Ogre Ear Succulent, the Gollum Jade Plant (Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’) is also cited by the names like ‘Cristata’ and ‘Monstruosa.’ It was discovered in Abbey Garden in the 1970s. This perennial succulent can vary in size depending on where it is grown.
While planted in pots, it attains a height of up to 10-12 inches but has the capability to reach a height of 3 feet tall with 2 feet spread in the wild.
The Gollum Jade Plant features finger-shaped lime green leaves with flat tips, which gives it another common name Finger Jade plant. In full sun, a red ring will appear on these tips.
Ogre Ear Succulent has pores known as hydathodes, which aid in the transference of water. During the fall and winter months, the plant displays small white to light pink blooms.
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Propagating Gollum Jade Plant
- The Gollum Jade Plant can be propagated through leaf or stem cuttings.
- Select a healthy stem with plump leaves and allow them to dry in a shaded area for 2-3 days.
- Propagate the stem in a small container filled with a well-draining potting mix.
- Water Ogre Ear Succulent when the soil is dry to the touch.
- Keep the plant where it gets indirect light; the roots will develop in a month or two.
You can also try to propagate the plant from leaves, but this process is less successful.
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Best Pot Size for Ogre Ear Succulent
The best container size to start Ogre Ear Succulent is 5-6 inches. It can be good for the plant for upto a year. Later, based on the growth and spread, you can re-pot the plant into one size bigger pot than the old one.
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Requirements for Growing Gollum Jade Plant
The Gollum Jade Plant thrives best when it receives four to six hours of morning sunlight. Pick a spot that has dappled or indirect light in the hottest part of the day. Do remember this succulent is very sensitive to the afternoon sun.
If grown in partial shade, the ogre ear plant becomes dark green in color. For best growth, keep it on a bright windowsill indoors.
Good drainage is a must for this succulent; using a cactus and succulent mix would be the best. If using regular garden soil, improve it with a 1:1 to 3:1 ratio of sand, pumice, or perlite.
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The Gollum Jade Plant requires less water than other jade plant cultivars. Water the growing medium when the topsoil feels dry to the touch.
Keep in mind that the ogre ear plant is very sensitive to overwatering. Make sure to use distilled or natural rainwater since this plant is highly tender to salts and chemicals.
Pro Tip: Water the plant only when the soil dries out completely or not more than once per month.
The Ogre Ear Succulent best suits USDA zones 9-10 but also grows in warm climates if it receives some afternoon shade. It can not withstand cold and die out in the hard frost.
This succulent favors humid conditions and can tolerate household humidity levels. You can increase humidity by putting a pebble tray filled with water beneath the pot.
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Gollum Jade Plant Care
If you replace the soil yearly, the Gollum Jade Plant can do well without fertilizer. However, you can feed the plant with a dilute balanced cacti fertilizer to around 1/4 strength every 3-4 weeks in spring and summer.
For repotting, use a one-size larger pot. Take out Ogre Ear Succulent by tipping the old container onto its side, grip the stem at its base, and carefully slide it out.
Cut any long or jagged roots with sterile shears. Fill the new pot with fresh potting mix and add the plant. Water thoroughly.
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Prune the Gollum Jade Plant in spring and summer – check the parts where the leaves start dropping due to the weight and cut any extra foliage until the branches no longer wilt.
Pests and Diseases
This drought-tolerant succulent can suffer sunburn in direct sunlight in high heat conditions. The plant is vulnerable to root rot.
Mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, and scale can be a big problem for the Gollum Jade Plant.
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Gollum Jade Plant – Toxicity
The Gollum Jade Plant is toxic to both pets and humans. It can cause diarrhea or vomiting if ingested. The sap can irritate the skin, so wear gloves while handling the plant or wash your hands immediately.