January Succulent – Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’ – Hobbit Jade
Hobbit Jade is in the same family as the Jade plant you are used to seeing, but instead of flat green leaves hobbit jade’s leaves curl around into a tube like shape with red at the tips. It’s slow growing and can reach up to three feet at full maturity with a wide reach. For best results plant in high drainage soil and place in a high light area in or outdoors.
Hobbit Jade can grow in bright indirect light, but at least four hours of bright direct light will keep the leaves vibrant and perky. Place near a Western or Southern facing window for natural light, or you can also use a grow light to supplement. We recommend these if you need a grow light bulb.
During it’s growing season in the Summer Hobbit Jade will require more water than in the Winter when it is dormant. Plant in a small well-draining shallow container with cactus mix or a blend of potting soil and sand, and moderately dry soil. If you have a pot with a hole and a dish under it you can water your jade thoroughly, just make sure to empty water from the dish afterwards. If you have a layer of pebbles in the bottom of your pot water more conservatively. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. In the winter water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Your schedule will vary depending on the conditions in your home but typically about once every 2 – 6 weeks.
Your hobbit jade can be fertilized every three or four months with an organic liquid fertilizer
Long Term Care
Hobbit Jadeare slow growing plants. They should be re-potted only when necessary – they like their roots to be a little crowded. As long as they are kept warm and dry they are easy to care for and will last a nice long time.
Hobbit Jade is mildly toxic to dogs and cats, to be sure to place your plant out of reach of nibbling critters.