The ovata – Gollum Crustas is a crass, very compact plant that is considered a hybrid of the crassula ovata, commonly called Portulacea. Commonly it is called “Ear of Shrek” for its resemblance to the ears of the anime character.
This species is native to the Eastern Cape in South Africa and Mozambique. The family of the Crassulaceae has more than 600 species of succulent plants.
It has many common names, such as Shrek Ears, ET Fingers, Horseshoe, Shrek Fingers, Hobbit, Jade Spoon, Jade Gollum, Jade Trumpet or Monstrous Ovata.
Description of the Crassula portulacea.
The ovata -Gollum Crustacean is a very compact, perennial succulent shrub, up to 60-90 cm high and about 40-60 cm wide.
Its leaves are very fleshy and shaped like a dwarf tree. Very resistant to drought and requires little care, which makes it attractive for beginners.
It has tubular leaves of reddish coloration. The colorations vary according to the time of the year, from bright green to dark green with red tips, in winter.
This plant is considered a hybrid of Crassula ovata, portulacea, although others say it may be a cross between Crassula argentea and Crassula lactea.
They are interesting plants, with trunks that become thick with age and that develop interesting stem patterns.
They are very slow growing. As a young plant, it does not have an evident stem due to the rosette arrangement of its leaves. As it grows, you will see the stem, more frequently.
The stem tends to branch out somewhat over time and so we can get a plant, with enough foliage and tree shape.
The flowers of Crassula cv. Gollum
Infloration on this plant is difficult to see. It occurs in healthy and mature plants.
The flowers are presented in clusters, small, star-shaped, white or pink, with pink stamens.
The flowering season is late fall and until early winter.
How to grow and care the Ovata – Crassula Gollum
These are shrubs or creeping plants with fleshy leaves of green, bluish or reddish color and with a rounded or triangular shape.
The Stem has a robust trunk, segmented and branched, which can be shaped to create spectacular bonsai forms.
The leaves are tubular, trumpet-shaped.
The ovata – Gollum Crassula is ideal for growing in containers and growing bonsai. The stem or trunk becomes very thick with age and develops interesting patterns.
Young plants will quadruple in size in just one year.
Lighting and correct temperature for growth
Indirect or semi-shade sun is needed.
The temperature that can stand is, up to 0ºC. They can spend the winter in interior areas, always with very good lighting.
In winter, it will be in the sun for 5 or 6 hours, so that the apex its leaves are pigmented reddish-purple.
In summer we must keep it in semi-shade since the direct sun can burn its leaves.
The ideal temperatures for its growth will be about 15-30 ° C, maintained in a stable way.
How to water a Crassula Gollum
These plants should be well watered and then left to dry completely, before watering again.
It is best to water it early in the morning or in the afternoon, to avoid the midday sun and burn the roots, with the water reheated by the high temperature of the substrate in the sun.
The ovata – Gollum Crassula will warn us that it needs watering when the leaves begin to wrinkle.
What substrate to use for this Shrek or Gollum ear succulent
The ideal substrate for this plant, first of all, must have perfect drainage, to later incorporate a mixture of gravel, earth, and coarse sand.
In this regard, a substrate that we can prepare will consist of a base of 20% of garden soil, 40% of mulch and 40% of coarse sand.
Try to make the pH of the soil neutral or slightly acidic.
Fertilization or fertilization for the Crassula Gollum
If the substrate we use is compost or earthworm humus, fertilize once or twice a year.
If you use a diluted fertilizer, specific for cactus or succulents, make sure to use it in the season or months of growth, diluted to half the recommended amount.
Multiplication and transplant of
The ovata – Crassula Gollum is very easy to multiply from seeds or leaves or cuttings and in spring or summer.
If we propagate with seeds, sow them in seedbeds with sandy and humid substrate.
We cover them with a thin layer of the same substrate so that they do not drown the seed. Water carefully.
After 20 to 30 days, they will germinate without a major problem.
This is the fastest way to get a new plant and can be of two types;
Stem cuttings: Cut with care and razor sharp, a branch that we like, letting the wound dry for a week. Plant it in a pot with a moist substrate and wait 15 days to root it.
Leaf cuttings: carefully remove the leaf from the plant and place it on a moist sandy substrate. After a week, roots will appear.
Pests and diseases that could affect our Gollum
The ovata – Crassula Google, rarely has any disease and few treatments.
It must be taken into account, as in all succulents, that excess irrigation is their main enemy since it can lead to root rot.
The main plague to consider is that of insects, namely;
This arthropod is infrequent, but it can attack our Gollum. It is usually fed from the leaves and if it does we can detect it, due to the cobwebs it leaves in sight.
We will eliminate it with a commercial insecticide, acaricide, appropriate to this pest.
The two most representative types of this frequent plague can be presented, the cottony cochineal and the lap cochineal.
In both cases, we can act quickly against them, by means of a brush impregnated with alcohol or with diatomaceous earth. It is recommended to use a dose of 30 grams per liter of water.
You can have some disease such as brown spots on the leaves and rough texture. They will be sunburn so we will have to protect the plant from the intense sun.
Also, if the wrinkled leaves are present, it is a symptom of water scarcity, watering urgently.
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It can also irritate the eye so careful with it being in the children.children.