Crassula ovata gollum has such a curious appearance that it is nicknamed “Shrek’s ears”.
Want to know why? Read on!
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Characteristics of Crassula Ovata Gollum
Crassula ovata gollum, also known as “Shrek’s ears” in English, is a succulent plant native to South Africa.
It is a very compact shrubby plant with thick stems. In its habitat, it can grow up to 35” (90 cm) tall and about 24” (60 cm) wide.
Its peculiar tubular leaves have a slight reddish tinge at the ends, which gives it a curious appearance. These curious leaves are the ones that give it the nickname of “Shrek’s ears” because it resembles this animation character.
Experts do not agree on whether this plant is a hybrid of Crassula Ovata or a cross between Crassula Argentea and Crassula Lactea.
The Flower of Shrek’s ears
During the winter, this plant develops flowers similar to those of its relatives.
These flowers are composed of five white petals with pinkish touches at the ends.
Crassula Ovata Gollum Care
Like the rest of the family, crassula ovata gollum has simple care.
It is important to create a well-drained substrate with little organic matter. A special substrate for succulents combined with gravel is perfect.
Like the rest of the crassula family, the gollum withstands dry and hot climates well, even short frosts in the coldest seasons.
However, it must have a dry environment during the winter, as humidity can cause it to rot quickly.
In short, take into account this care, and your plant will grow in good conditions:
Watering: light watering without puddling. The substrate should always be completely dry before watering again.
Humidity: Excessive humidity rots the plant, especially in cold seasons.
Light: Direct sunlight at least 4/6 hours a day.
How to Propagate Crassula Ovata Gollum
We can reproduce crassula ovata gollum easily through a stem or leaf cutting.
If you are going to reproduce your plant at home, it is advisable to take the stem or leaf cutting using a sharp knife to cut flush.
Afterward, let the cuttings dry for a few days so that a callus forms at the cutting site. This prevents it from absorbing too much water and rotting.
Prepare the recommended substrate and place the cutting so that it touches the substrate without burying it. To do this, you can support the cutting on the side of the pot or help yourself with a pebble.
Once planted, water lightly without puddling, and always make sure that the substrate is dry before watering again.
The crassula ovata gollum is a fast-growing plant, so in a few weeks, we will start to see how our specimen reproduces.
Crassula Ovata Gollum Bonsai
All varieties of this family are popular among bonsai lovers, and this succulent is no exception.
These plants are especially recommended for beginners who are starting in the world of bonsai because of their easy care.
Synonyms and Common Name
The etymology of the name has three parts:
Crassula: from Latin “crassus” meaning “thick”.
Ovata: from Latin “ōvātus”, “egg-shaped oval”.
Gollum: In honor of the character from the saga “The Lord of the Rings”.
Also, this plant is known by several synonyms and common names:
Gollum jade, Shrek plant (common names in English)