Identify indoor plant: Crassula “Ovata Gollum”

Can u help identify this plant? I bought it from a flea market and was told it’s an indoor plant. Can you advise how to take care of it? I googled and also searched your entire catalogue. Still can’t identify it! Thanks!

Hi Ven,


Your plant is a Crassula ovata gollum.  ‘Gollum’ unlike the usual Jade Plant has tubular green leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Small star-like white or pinkish flowers appear from spring to fall. Mature specimens are very compact, so this is a good choice for smaller containers and garden spaces.

Jade plants like very bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. These are Succulent PlantsLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." that have the ability to store water in their leaves, stems and roots. Water well and then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Over- watering causes the leaves to fall off and the stems to become soft and mushy.

Feed every 2 weeks from the end of June through August with a liquid fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. that has been diluted to ½ the recommended strength. Feed monthly in April, May, and June. Do not feed at all  October-March. I like to use a plant food designed for Succulent PlantsLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant.".

You can read all my care tips for a Jade plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.