How to Grow and Maintain a Gollum Jade Succulent (Crassula Ovata)

Gollum Jade Succulent (Crassula Ovata)
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A little shrubby succulent known as “Money Plant” or Crassula Ovata, the Jade Plant is a fashionable good luck symbol in Asia. It is believed by many to release financial energies.

Gollum Jade is up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It produces tiny pinkish-white star-shaped flowers in late fall and early winter, with attractive green finger-like leaves and a crimson circle on the tips. This plant was named after Gollum – a creature in the Movies – Lord of the Rings. Follow the instructions below to grow an excellent plant!

You don’t need good fortune, well-wishers, or prayers (although all that is always welcome) to grow and take care of a Gollum Jade plant. Easy to maintain, it doesn’t demand much time and effort to look attractive.

How to Plant Gollum Jade?

  • First thing to consider is the container; it should have at least one drainage hole and not be broader than the root ball of your jade plant by more than two inches. Remember that Gollum Jade plants are tolerant of some crowding.
  • Use Miracle-Gro® Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, which has excellent drainage and a small amount of fertilizer to assist your jade plant in developing. Fill the container 13 full.
  • Allow for watering by placing the plant in a pot so that its root ball is about one inch below the rim.
  • Add more potting mix to the area around the root ball and gently pat it in place.
  • Take care to water and let drain your jade plant thoroughly. Move the plant to a new location in the house and put a saucer under the pot to keep it from tipping over.
  • Gollum jade is a poisonous succulent that can be toxic to humans and pets.
  • Skin contact with the sap can cause irritation, while if either humans r their pets eat any part of the plant it will cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • So, keep them away from your pets and make sure you wear gloves when and if you ever touch them for any reason.

Requirements for the Soil

Potting soil mix is excellent soil for Gollum jades. This type of soil is readily available in gardening supply stores or on the internet.

One part peat moss, three parts coarse sand, and organic matter make up most potting soil. Each component aids in the plant’s healthy development.

Maintaining proper drainage and nutrients will help your

Drain the soil properly before planting your Gollum jade. Overly damp soil stresses the plant, and it will die. The plant’s roots will decay, preventing it from absorbing the nutrients it needs to flourish.

Requirements for Lighting

The morning sunshine is preferable to the searing sun for Crassula Ovata, who dislikes it in the afternoon.

If yellow or brown spots emerge on your skin, seek shade, or cover up with a towel or umbrella to protect yourself from the sun’s rays and avoid getting sunburned.

It is possible to grow Gollum Jades indoors and outdoors if they receive enough light to thrive but not so much that they become stressed.

To keep its color vibrant, indoor Jade plants should be placed near a windowsill.

However, to avoid concerns like sunburn while growing them outdoors, the Jade plant must be gradually brought to the full sun before being left with your other succulents.

Requirements for Watering

Crassula Ovata, like many other succulents, is water sensitive. The only distinction is that they require less watering than other plants.

Overwatering, on the other hand, is almost certainly a problem with this plant.

Always inspect the soil before giving the plants a drink to avoid drowning it with too much water.

Stick your finger 1 inch into the dirt to check it before giving it a drink. You should water your garden if you see the soil is dry.

If this is the case, there is no need to water it. Having a soil moisture meter on hand will be beneficial when it comes to watering your Gollum Jade.

When it’s time to water your Gollum Jade, use distilled or filtered water because tap water’s salts can harm them. Avoid wetting their leaves with sprinkling or dripping water on them. So, if it rains or is humid, it may decay.

Needs for Fertilizer

Gollum is a character in a film (The Lord of the Rings). The colder months are when jade grows the fastest, and that’s also when it needs to be fed.

Always use diluted fertilizer and make sure the plant gets enough sunlight to avoid being leggy while fertilizing.

Propagating Gollum Jade

It’s time to propagate your Gollum Jade once it’s mature. Gollum jade can be propagated from leaves, but it’s easier and more likely to succeed if you take stem cuttings.

The propagation of your Gollum Jade is a simple operation. You can use a healthy-looking plant with entire leaves as a source of stem cuttings.

Let the cuttings dry for 2-3 days before planting them in soil that drains properly.

Until your cutting has firmly rooted, keep it out of direct sunlight and water it only when the soil seems dry.

Propagation Through Cuttings

Use a clean pair of garden shears or a sharp pair of scissors when obtaining cuttings.

Pick a spot that appears to be healthy, with full-looking leaves. Leave a stem of about 1.5 inches to make planting easier.

Plant the cutting in well-draining soil after allowing the stem tip to be callous for two to three days. Don’t water the soil for at least a week to give the jade a chance to adjust to its new surroundings.

Ensure it receives enough sun by watering the cutting more regularly than you would with a mature succulent (about once a week). A few weeks later, roots will begin to appear.

Propagating Through Leaves

If you’re propagating through leaves, remove the entire leaf off the stem with a neat twist. Check to see that the leaf is a decent size, healthy-looking, and free of wrinkles before using it.

After allowing the leaf to be callous for 2 to 3 days, it should be placed on the soil and covered with soil.

Every few days, use a spray bottle to moisten the soil and provide some sun (leaf props need less sun than their parent). The roots will begin to form in a few weeks.

Avoid disturbing or picking up the leaf currently. If you’re lucky, once the roots have formed for a few weeks, you’ll see a tiny plant emerge.

Soak up as much light as possible while keeping the plants well-watered.

Final Thoughts

They are all well-cared-for and even a single Gollum Jade can be stunning, especially if it’s placed in a lovely container in your outside garden or indoors.

Use this guide if you decide to develop your own Gollum Jade so that it grows to its full potential.

If you’re still undecided about which succulent variety to grow, visit our website for detailed care instructions for a wide range of succulent species. If you have any questions about succulents, please use the comment section below to contact us.

Finally, If Jade is present in your house or office, it’s good luck and considered fortunate. This gorgeous succulent plant has vivid green leaves that are representative of progress and rejuvenation.

They strongly resemble jade coins or stones, and are symbolic of riches, prosperity, and good fortune.

We must tell it’s an ancient myth, but we should also tell you that a group of us have just finished orders six each of these plants. After all, sometimes myths come true!

 

Jenny Marie

Tribal Writer

 

Edited by

Patricia Godwin

 

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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