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Crassula Ovata Gollum is a unique succulent that is part of the Crassula Ovata family of Jade plants. It gets its name from JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ character, Gollum, due to its unusual appearance. Its distinctive leaves are tubular, cylindrical and elongated, with a reddish tinge at the ends. They have a slight indentation at the end, resembling fingers. This Jade plant also has other fun name such as ‘Shrek’s Ears’ and ‘ET’s Fingers’. Crassula Ovata Gollum is a slow-growing succulent that can be used both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of spaces.
CARE AND GROWTH:
Like all succulents, Crassula Ovata Gollum thrives in bright light and on little water. The frequency of watering depends on several factors, including pot size and environmental conditions but as a general rule, every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (Spring and Summer) or when the soil has completely dried out is ideal. During the dormant season, reduce watering to once a month or even less. A good guide is to stick you finger into the top few inches of soil and only water when it feels completely dry. If the leaves become wrinkled, this is a sign that your Crassula Ovata Gollum needs watering.
Plant in a well-draining soil to ensure your succulent does not develop rot root. A cactus or succulent mix would be ideal
Ornamental planting: Crassula Ovata Gollum is primarily grown as an ornamental houseplant or outdoor landscape plant.
Feature/Accent Planting: Crassula Ovata Gollum look fantastic when mass planted or as a standalone feature plant.
Pots/Containers: The unusual appearance of the Crassula Gollum makes it a great statement piece for pots or containers. It’s compact growing habit and drought tolerance mean it’s a very low maintenance option.
Check out our range of lightweight indoor and outdoor pots, sure to make your Crassula Ovata Gollum even more beautiful!
Indoor décor: Add a pop of colour to your indoor space with the Crassula Ovata Gollum. It will complement various indoor design styles. When placed inside, remember to position it where it will receive plenty of light.
Succulent Garden: The best thing about succulents (besides being low maintenance) is the huge range of vibrant colours and shapes they come in. Crassula’s are always a popular choice for succulent gardens, with Crassula Ovata Gollum being a staple.
Sedum, or stonecrop, succulents work great with Crassula. Their colourful foliage and flower clusters really enhance the space. Echeverias and Sempervivum have wonderful shapes and colours and Agaves are an architectural delight! Or course, you can’t go past adding other Crassula as well! Have a look at Crassula Max Cook, Crassula Purple Dragon and Crassula Blue Bird.
Bonsai: Sometimes used for bonsai projects because of its intriguing leaves and growing habit
Feng Shui: In some cultures, jade plants are believed to bring good luck and positive energy when placed indoors, especially in the southeastern or eastern areas of a home or office.
For accent planting, every 2m is ideal. For a fuller look, plant closer together.
POT SIZES: Crassula Ovata Gollum are stocked in several pot sizes, from our starter 105mm size, medium 180mm and advanced 300mm. If you’re looking for an instant effect, our 300mm are perfect!
Crassula are a huge family of plants, with hundreds of different varieties. We stock some of the most popular, including Crassula Max Cook, Crassula Hobbit, Crassula Ovata and Crassula Minima. The beauty of this family of plants is the range of different shapes and colours, meaning you will definitely find something to suit your space! If you’re after a variety of Crassula not listed on our site, please feel free to send us an email.
Position: Full sun to part shade
Max Height: 90cm
Max Width: 60cm
Spacing: Every 2m or closer depending on desired look
Type: Succulent, Feature, Border, Containers
Feed: Slow-release fertiliser
Pruning: Once to twice a year in warmer months depending on desired height