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ET Fingers-Shrek Ears 'Crassula ovata Gollum Jade'

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Get ready to smarten up your plant collection with a unique and eye-catching addition - the "Crassula ovata Gollum" or simply 'Gollum jade.' It is also known as money plant,  Shrek Ears, and ET fingers succulent.

 These evergreen flowering ET fingers can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and are sure to be the talk of your garden or indoor space. From their light requirements to water needs, these succulents are relatively easy to care for. 

This little succulent is absolutely fascinating! Not only does it have green finger-like leaves with red circles on the tips when exposed to bright light. It can also produce flowers that are small pinkish-white star-shaped bloom in late spring and early winter. 

The Gollum jade plant is also known as "ET Fingers" because its fleshy leaves resemble the alien character's long, pointed fingers in the 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." 

The tips of the plants also looks like the ears of the popular animated character Shrek, hence the other popular name Shrek Ears.  The plants distinctive appearance has made it a favorite among kids that love the common names and like to look at it, and touch, it.  This plant is also easy-to-care-for nature may make it a good choice for families.  

Get this – Crassula ovata Gollum jade is also considered a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture; that's why sometimes it is also referred to as the Money plant! But here's the best part: taking care of this plant doesn't require any lucky charm. In fact, it's super low-maintenance and easy to keep alive and pretty. Plus, you can propagate new plants from stem or leaf cuttings - how cool is that? Just make sure you're careful about where you place them since all parts are toxic to pets. 

Crassula ovata ‘Gollum Jade’ is often confused with Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit jade' due to their similarities and both being named after characters from JRR Tolkien’s stories. 

Whether you add the Gollum Jade to your outdoor garden or bring it inside in a funky container, this quirky little plant is sure to be a conversation starter and eye-catcher. 

Watering Needs 

These Shrek ear succulents are a species that require minimal watering. It's important to only water them when the soil has dried out, as overwatering can cause root rot. Succulents, including these Et fingers, are prone to rot if their roots are constantly submerged in moisture. 

As a drought-tolerant plant, the jade plant has developed an effective mechanism for storing water in its leaves. Oftentimes, people worry about under-watering their plants when they're actually giving them too much water - succulents, in particular, don't thrive well in damp soil, which can lead to root problems. 

Light Requirements 

Providing enough light for these desert Et's fingers is one of the most important aspects of their care. It is important to grow Gollum jade in areas that receive at least 4-6 hours of every day to keep them happy. If grown in full sun, the leaves turn red or bronze, and the attractive reddish tinge on the tips will take your breath away. If you notice the Gollum jade leaves are turning yellow or brown, it may be a sign that the plant is getting too much direct sunlight. 

 If indoors, place your jade plant directly in front of a west- or south-facing window. If they don't receive enough light, their stems may grow leggy and become pale green or yellow, so make your succulents happy and give them plenty of light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

When it comes to choosing the right soil and fertilizers for your adorable succulent, you need to be extra cautious and need to use the right kind of succulent soil.  Moisture can be a real killer, leading to root and stem rot in no time flat. But fear not, my fellow green thumbs! Planet Desert has got your back with our that includes organic mycorrhizae – perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy plants. 

Natural fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your jade some love with some awesome organic fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More 

As desert dwellers, these jade plants enjoy hot temperatures. They prefer constant temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate triple digits in the summer, so don't worry if your succulent gets too hot. 

These Et fingers, on the other hand, cannot handle frost, cold, or freezing temperatures, so make sure it doesn't get below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in its environment.  If grown outdoors, Et finger grows best in USDA zone 9-11. It can be grown as a houseplant in colder climates. 

Be sure to add this unique plant with the tips of the tubular leaves that look like ET's fingers or Shrek's ears to your home or garden and enjoy its low maintenance care while admiring its impressive display year after year. 

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