How to Best Care for Gollum Jade (Crassula ovata)

Last Updated on November 22, 2022 by Stephanie

The gollum jade should be watered once each 2 to 3 weeks. Let the soil dry between the watering. Gollum jade likes four hours of direct sunlight and thrives at a typical temperatures of 55-80 degrees F. Grow gollum jade in well-drained succulents and cacti soils to avoid root rot.

Gollum Jade succulents are very simple, low-maintenance plants to maintain and thrive indoors as house plants.

Read on for the top practices to grow the gollum jade plant well-nourished…

Gollum Jade Succulent (Crassula Ovatora) Plant profile:

How Much Sunlight For Gollum Jade?

Gollum jade succulents belong in Southern Africa where they thrive in the early morning sunlight and shade in the afternoon, which shields them from scorching heat.

In their natural habitat, the gollum jade is often found on the slopes of rocky hills to keep away the heat of the sun throughout the day.

This permits gollum jade to thrive in a house planter that is placed in bright windows and they may even do quite effectively (albeit slow) in indirect sunlight that is bright.

If your gollum succulent has too much shade, the leaves will turn lighter green and develop an ungainly appearance.

The edges of the gollum succulent leaves change color from pink to red in response in direct light.

When the coloration extends across the entire leaf, this could indicate the stress of excessive direct sunlight.

In the right amount of sunshine, the gollum jade leaves will change color at the tips, and remain in a neat, compact form instead of a sagging appearance.

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What is the best way to water Gollum Jade? (Crassula Ovatora)

How Often to Water Gollum Succulents:

The Gollum Jade plant is drought-resistant succulent indigenous in South Africa that is well adjusted to dry and hot conditions, and is found in a sandy well-draining soils on hillsides that receive a lot of rain.

So, to take care of your gollum jade correctly, it is essential to mimic the watering and typical soil conditions for its native environment.

The gollum jade should be watered with a good amount of water to ensure that the water drips out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the container. Let the soil dry completely prior to watering it again in order to meet the requirements for moisture in the gollum jade, and to prevent root decay.

Typically, this means that you should that you water your gollum jade every 14 days or more however this can vary based on the weather, and conditions at your garden or home.

The speed at which the potting soil is dry, will determine the frequency of watering the gollum plant you have chosen.

To determine how often you should keep your gollum jade hydrated in your garden, make sure to give the soil an ample soak. You can also check the soils moisture by squeezing the soil on near the base of the container via the drainage hole at the lower part of the container.

If the soil is damp, it is best to delay watering for a couple of days, and then wait until the soil is dry.

If the soil is dry, it is the ideal moment to give your succulent a good watering by giving it a good soak.

How Much to Water Gollum Jade:

Make sure to soak your soil in an ample amount of water (rather than a gentle watering) to ensure that water drips off the bottom in the container.

This will ensure that water penetrated the soil , and reached roots, so they are able to absorb the moisture that is required.

Signs of over watering:

Gollum Jade has adapted to living in dry climates, so they are at greater risk of being over-watered and being under-watered when they are cultivated by gardeners.

The indications of an over watered gollum jade is leaves that change color from yellow to brown, with a mushy appearance to the leaves. The leaves may also appear like they are drooping.

If this occurs with your jade gollum, reduce the amount of watering and let the soil dry out.

Refill the soil succulents and cacti soils to ensure adequate drainage and avoid root decay.

(Read my post about ways to revive the dying jade plant in case your plant appears unhealthy)

Symptoms of Underwatering:

The leaves that are wrinkled are the best indicator of a water-logged jade of gollum.

The leaves become wrinkled and can droop in an expression of stress caused by drought due to not watering enough or not watering properly.

Stress from drought can be increased by the excessive air flow that comes through draughts, air conditioning or forced air inside the house, which drains more moisture out of the leaves, and the soil is able to dry more quickly.

The leaves appear less slender as the moisture they store is depleted.

If this occurs with your jade gollum,, then increase the frequency at which you are taking care to water the plant (always make sure that the soil is dry between watering sessions to prevent root rot) and observe how fast the soil is drying, and adjust your watering schedule to suit.

The water should be soaked thoroughly and place the plant in an area that has high winds or air flow. The plant will recover within two or three cycle of watering.

(Read my article on on how you can water your jade plant to learn the best methods to water jade plants).

Pots and Containers for Gollum Jade Succulents

For keeping your jade gollum looking nice and compact, plant it in a container which is proportional in size to that of your root ball.

Gollum jade plants can get extremely large, reaching more than 1 foot in height and in width (although they grow very slowly) as well as larger containers encourage greater growth.

The size of your pot is dependent on the size you would like the plant to grow as it grows.

But be aware that bigger pots have more soil in them and thus have a higher capacity to hold moisture, which could increase the chance for root rot.

It is crucial to place your jade of gollum in a pot with drainage holes at the base so that excess water can be able to drain properly between sessions of watering.

Gollum jade grows in any container, however clay or terracotta pots are thought to be most suitable because they are porous, which allows for the soil to dry faster than plastic pots.

Gollum jade is a tough plant that is tolerant of its roots being pot-bound, however it is recommended to move your gollum in a bigger pot to avoid the roots block drainage holes, which could cause water to drain too slowly.

Repotting is best performed in the spring, but it can be accomplished with ease at any time of the year.

Best Soil For Gollum Jade Succulents

Gollum jade succulents thrive in a sand-like, well-draining soils on hillside cliffs in their home country of South Africa.

This drought-tolerant plant is not a fan of being planted in moist retention pots Therefore it is essential to mimic the soil conditions that are typical of their native habitat.

Place your gollum jade plant in the specially designed succulent and cactus potting mix that is designed to replicate the soil profile of succulents preferred conditions, with a greater particle size and a good drainage porous structure.

The normal potting soil holds excessive moisture around the root system for an excessive amount of time, for this drought-resistant plant, it can cause similar symptoms to over watering , and may cause root decay.

Active growth and seasonal dormancy of Gollum Jade

Gollum jade succulents are capable being tolerant of high temperatures, but they can be in a state of dormancy (where they slow their growth down to decrease the need for water) during the hotest time of summer as a survival strategy to withstand extreme dry, hot and harsh conditions in their home Southern African environment.

If temperatures are above 80degF (27degC) during summer for a long time, the jade gollum slows its growth , allowing it to conserve its resources, especially water.

If your succulent plant is a state of dormancy, it is more susceptible to root rot because the plant is less in need for water.

Dont necessarily to water your gollum more frequently during the summer months if temperatures is extremely high.

So long as the soil in the pots is dry between watering sessions, the gollum plant will be in good health during its winter dormancy. It will begin to grow when temperatures cool down.

Gollum jade develops at a higher rate (although it is still very slow) in the Fall and Spring because there is usually an equilibrium between bright light and the ideal temperature for growth.

Gollum jade tends to grow slower in winter due to less daylight hours and less intense light, which may reduce the need for water. You should water your gollum jade every 2 to 4 weeks during Winter.

Temperature Range and Rate of Growth

Gollum jade is very productive in the typical temperatures ranging from 55degF to 80degF (13degC-27degC).

But gollum jade plants are able to be tolerant of a greater temperature range, being tolerant of light frosts however it is recommended to apply horticultural fleece to avoid damage from frost and be killed in cold temperatures.

The more established and larger plant can withstand greater temperatures.

When temperatures exceed 80 degrees F (27degC) for prolonged periods, the gollum succulent may go dormant in order to conserve water. It then grows again in cooler temperatures.

Gollum jade succulents are slow-growing, but they can grow to more than 1 foot in width and height when under the right conditions. Gollum jade plants are also able to last for over 100 years.

Gollum plants thrive in well-lit conditions. If you wish to boost the growth rate, the grow light can be utilized indoors to provide light to encourage growth.

Fertilizer for Gollum Jade

Gollum succulents can be found being able to thrive in sandy, gritty soils that are usually lacking in nutrients, which is why they dont require a lot of nutrients and dont necessarily need more fertilizer than other plants in the house.

However, fertilizer is a good option to boost growth, but succulents should be fed only during the growing seasons of Fall and Spring, every month, to ensure healthy growth.

Personally, I prefer using the best Cacti and succulent fertilizer (available at garden centers and Amazon) because it has all the nutrients required by zebra succulents in the correct amounts to prevent problems from excessive feeding of your succulents.

Do not apply fertilizers in the Winter or in the heat during summer when the succulent isnt growing as vigorously.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gollum jade thrives in full sun or indirect light in a sandy well-drained soil. It thrives at temperatures of room temperatures. Gollum jade is watered with a good soak, and allow the soil to dry between watering.
  • Grow gollum jade in specially designed succulent and Cacti soil. In a pot that has drainage holes at the base so that excess water can be able to escape, to let the soil dry out, preventing root decay.
  • A lot of sun can make leaf color completely red, whereas insufficient sun, the leaves change to lighter green, with a sluggish appearance. Put the gollum jade in a direct light that is bright and bright, or in the morning sun, followed by afternoon shade.
  • Gollum jade is active during the spring and Autumn when temperatures are moderate and there are more time to shine brighter. The gollum jade succulents are slower to grow in winter due to less sunlight and may go dormant during summer when temperatures are high. Only water-based gollum drought-tolerant jade should be planted when it is dry in order to avoid root decay.


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