Crassula ovata: How to Grow and Care for Gollum

Crassula ovata Gollum

Scientific name: Crassula ovata

Common name: Gollum

There are green tubed leaves with bright red tips. It can be planted in containers. This species is very sensitive to over-watering.

Quick Look at Crassula ovata

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent – be careful not to over-water!
  • Grows up to 3 ft (30 cm to 91 cm) tall, and up to 2 ft (30 cm to 60 cm) wide
  • Zone 9 (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagate by leaf or stem cuttings
  • Can be toxic
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’

Gollum Jade is an evergreen plant. When the sun is full, the green tubular leaves turn red. You can see light pink or white flowers.


When the soil is completely dry, be sure to use the “soak and dry” method and only water when necessary.

Our free watering cheat sheet will show you how to tell if your plants are getting too much water and how to save it.

Where to Plant

The plant grows well in full to partial sun. It grows well indoors in containers.

Growing Season

The Gollum actively grows in cooler seasons. Feed the plant during its active growing time if thefertilizer isDiluted, and use it if you want to fertilize it. Ensure that it is getting plenty of sunlight.

Fun history

The character J.R.R. is named after Gollum Jade. Gollum is a character by The Lord of the Rings. It is similar to the Crassula ovata.


How to Propagate Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’

Gollum is a plant that is grown by leaves or cuttings.


If you want to propagation a leaf, gently twist the leaf from the stem. The leaf should be a clean pull, where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will increase the chances of a successful propagation.

Allow the leaf to dry out for a day or two before placing it on the soil.

It is possible to grow Crassula ovata “Gollum” from leaves.


Use a sterile knife or sharp scissors to cut a tube from the base of the plant. Allow the cutting to dry for a few days before putting it in the soil. Wait to water an additional day or two, and then use the “soak and dry” method.


  1. Crassula ovata (Gollum) – Wikipedia

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