How To Grow & Care For Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade is an intriguing succulent that captivates gardeners with its unusual, tubular leaves that appear to be shaped like the fingers of the fictional character Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings.” This architectural plant is a unique variety of the common Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) and is prized for its appearance as well as its ease of care.

Native to South Africa, Gollum Jade thrives in rocky soils and arid climates. Its ability to store water in its leaves allows it to survive long periods without moisture. The plant’s green to dark red coloration, combined with its intriguing shape, adds a unique touch to any succulent collection.

Ideal for both indoor and outdoor growing, Gollum Jade is a versatile plant that can adapt to various environments. It is a popular choice for rock gardens, containers, or as an eye-catching houseplant. With proper care and attention to its specific needs, Gollum Jade can be a long-lived and striking addition to any plant collection.

Common NamesGollum Jade, Trumpet Jade, Hobbit’s Pipe
Botanical NameCrassula ovata ‘Gollum’
Plant TypeSucculent
Mature Size1-3 feet tall
Sun ExposureFull sun to partial shade
Soil TypeWell-draining, sandy or gritty
Hardiness Zones9-11
Native AreaSouth Africa

Gollum Jade Care

Caring for Gollum Jade is relatively simple, especially for those familiar with succulent care. Like many succulents, it prefers well-draining soil, adequate sunlight, and controlled watering.

While it can tolerate some neglect, consistent care according to its natural habitat conditions will ensure a thriving and visually appealing plant. The following sections will detail the specific care requirements for Gollum Jade, from light to common problems and pro tips.

Light Requirement for Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade thrives in full sun to partial shade. When growing indoors, placing it near a south or west-facing window is ideal. If sunlight is limited, a grow light can be used to supplement natural light.

Soil Requirements for Gollum Jade

Well-draining, sandy, or gritty soil is essential for Gollum Jade. A cactus or succulent mix combined with sand or perlite provides the proper drainage to prevent root rot.

Water Requirements for Gollum Jade

Watering should be done sparingly, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. During the growing season, water thoroughly, but less frequently in winter. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Temperature and Humidity

Gollum Jade prefers temperatures between 60-75°F and can tolerate brief periods of colder weather. It does not require high humidity and can adapt to typical indoor conditions.


Fertilizing with a balanced liquid fertilizer designed for succulents during the growing season (spring and summer) can support healthy growth. Fertilize every 4-6 weeks at half the recommended strength.

Pruning Gollum Jade

Pruning can help maintain the desired shape and encourage bushier growth. Remove dead or damaged leaves and trim back overgrown stems as needed, usually in late winter or early spring.

Propagating Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Allow the cuttings to dry for a day, then plant in well-draining soil. Water sparingly until new growth appears.

How To Grow Gollum Jade From Seed

Growing Gollum Jade from seed is a slow process. Plant seeds in a sandy soil mix, keep moist, and provide plenty of light. Germination can take several weeks to months.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases


Control with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Powdery Mildew

A fungal disease that can be treated with fungicides.

Common Problems With Gollum Jade

Wrinkled Leaves

Indicates underwatering. Increase watering frequency.

Yellowing or Soft Leaves

Often a sign of overwatering. Reduce watering and ensure proper drainage.

Pro Tips

  1. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.
  2. Be patient with growth; Gollum Jade is a slow-growing plant.
  3. If moving outdoors for summer, acclimate gradually to prevent sunburn.
  4. Display with other succulents for an attractive arrangement.