ET's Fingers, Hobbit's Pipe Jade
Crassula Ovata "Variegated Gollum Jade"
Crassula Ovata "Variegated Gollum Jade" is a beautiful evergreen bonsai succulent plant because it grows like a miniature tree from itself. It grows to a height of about 90 cm and up to 60 cm wide having meagerly branched stems. The leaves are tubularly variegated making a shape like ET's fingers.
At the top of these beautiful leaves, it produces star-like pinkish-white or white flowers when the condition is right.
Details about Crassula Ovata "Variegated Gollum Jade" "ET's Fingers, Hobbit's Pipe Jade"
How to Care for Crassula Ovata Variegated Gollum Jade
Some individuals consider this plant as a symbol of good luck and believe that it will provide some more money. That’s why they enjoy growing it in offices and homes. Hence the name Money Tree.
The whole Crassula genus is easy to care for. But it suffers from mealybugs and fungal diseases. So whenever you cut any section, treat it with fungicide.
Unlike other succulents, the Jade plant can be very sensitive to fungicide and can cause even more damage to the plant. So whenever you are going to remove mealybugs and other pests from the plant, use cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol.
Where should you plant it?
If you live in a colder environment, where temperature can go below 30 °F (-1.1 °C), You should plant Crassula Ovata 'Variegated Gollum Jade' in a container. Because it is not cold hardy, so you'll be able to bring it inside in winter. Also, don't forget to use Best DIY Succulent Soil for the container.
This succulent needs more sunlight. So plant where it gets about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Watering Variegated Gollum Jade
Crassula Ovata 'Variegated Gollum Jade' does not require any special watering schedule. You can use the same succulents watering method just like for other succulents plants. It is best to water once the soil perfectly dries out. Otherwise, its roots may rot in wet soil.
How to Propagate Crassula Ovata
Variegated Gollum Jade can be propagated by two methods, i.e. stem and leaf cuttings.
Propagate by stem cuttings
To propagate Variegated Gollum Jade by stem cutting, cut a tube from the base with the help of sharp scissors or a sterile knife.
After cutting the tube, callous over for a day or two. Then place the tube on a well-draining succulents & cacti soil having neutral PH (6.6 - 7.3). Better to place the cut section a little bit in the soil.
Propagate by Leaf cuttings
When cutting a leaf for propagation, try to gently cut as a whole. I.e. no part of the leaf should be left on the stem. This is to increase the chances of successful propagation.
After collecting leaves, callous over for a day or two. Then place the leaves on a well-draining succulents and cacti soil having neutral PH (6.6 - 7.3). Like the stem cutting, place the cut section of the leaf in the soil.
Propagating by leaf-cutting is not recommended for beginners as it is a little difficult. So they should stick with stem cuttings.
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Video of Crassula Ovata Variegated Gollum Jade
A great video to watch by an indian gardener, Mita Bishnoi.
Facts & Features
3 ft X 2 ft Size
This plant grows up to 3 ft (90 cm) tall and 2 ft (60 cm) wide
Grows in Spring and Fall
Need more care during these times.
Indoors Lit Area
Better to keep it near a window where it gets enough sunlight. OR, keep it outdoors.
Use regular succulent watering methods. Learn how to water succulents easily.
Not Cold Hardy
Protect from very low temperatures.
Partially Shady Sunlight
You can keep it in full sun but protect it during the afternoon.
Propagation by cuttings
Usually by a leaf or stem cutting.
Protect yourself and your pets from it. Especially, avoid consumption.
In this zone, the temperature can drop up to 30° F ( -1.1° C )