Plant Care Finger Jade

Finger Jade

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Finger Jade has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Finger Jade has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Finger Jade

This variety of Jade is known for its comical ogre-ear like leaves. The Jade plants they originate from have been used for centuries across cultures for their beauty and healing abilities. Tree-like succulents, these houseplants can live with you for your entire life, or longer—up to 100 years! Jade is commonly used in the traditional practice of feng shui, creating energy to harmonize people and their environments—and encourage the flow of money. 💸


Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

Also known as

Gollum Jade, Gollum Jade, Ogre Ears, ET's Fingers, Trumpet Jade, Succulent Spoon Jade, Hobbit's Pipe Jade and Crassula ovata 'Ogre's Ears'

How to care for Finger Jade

💦 Water

How often to water your Finger Jade

Water needs for Finger Jade
0.5 cups
every 12

Finger Jade needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Finger Jade

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Gollum Jade in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Finger Jade: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Finger Jade love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Finger Jade does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Finger Jade in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Finger Jade

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Finger Jade: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Finger Jade after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Finger Jade is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Gollum Jade Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Finger Jade thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Gollum Jade Water Frequency →

Gollum Jade Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Finger Jade requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Gollum Jade Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Finger Jade is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Gollum Jade Toxicity to Cats →

Gollum Jade Toxicity to Dogs →

💨 Humidity

Finger Jade enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Gollum Jade Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Finger Jade is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Gollum Jade →

💩 Fertilizer

Finger Jade grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Gollum Jade →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Finger Jade to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Finger Jade is native to South Africa.

🌸 Flowers

Finger Jade produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Finger Jade will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Finger Jade can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Gollum Jade Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Finger Jade can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Gollum Jade →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Finger Jade. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Finger Jade

Finger Jade

Finger Jade

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Finger Jade has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 45
Finger Jade has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 21
Finger Jade has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Finger Jade has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Finger Jade has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Finger Jade has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@ivysaur avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 5,104 XP
globe Renton, WA

Easy in sunny windows

Survivor Survivor
@Yvette avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Crowborough, England

Like most succulents easy to care for just water when leaves are squishy and soil is dry.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@rwags avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 5,231 XP

Low water needs. High sun. Fun looking plant.

@mconst avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 6,316 XP

It’s so easy to care for. Only needs water when the leaves feel squishier.

Fast grower Fast grower
@LucythePlantParent avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Wimauma, FL

It’s definitely been dropped a lot and had its roots been played with when it was too young but it was great. Survived my husky.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@whitney_hj avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 887 XP
globe Tiffin, OH

This plant is so sensitive… so sensitive that I got annoyed with it and neglected it with spite. Although it grew quickly at the beginning, it stopped growing abruptly and began being terribly dramatic after a few weeks. This could be due to the fact that it dries out quickly because little soil can fit in this super cute pot (from Groovy Plants Ranch, highly recommend: 5 stars). However, this may have been my fault because I chose a needy, thirsty plant for my rainbow hanging pot. Overall, do not buy this plant unless you want to provide it with small sips of water and tend to its every need for at least 40 hours a week.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
@Georginab avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 119 XP

Pretty and doesn’t die easily

Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Mount Prospect, IL

This is my 2nd jade plant and I love it. Very hardy and pretty to look at

@catalina.plants111 avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 384 XP

shh 🤫 don’t tell my other succulents but this one is my favorite. this succulent is so so cute and i love how easy it is to take care of it. 🤍

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Dippy avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,976 XP
globe Telford, England

My favourite baby

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Sage avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 149 XP

Thrives really well and is one of the most interesting plants I own. It has been growing like crazy and it’s beautiful! Can live on very little water for quite a long time!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@just_a_liddle avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 166 XP
globe Goldsboro, NC

Keep it away from your pets! Even if you ignore this plant it will keep thriving. If you are a low maintenance plant person. This is a perfect starter succulent!

Survivor Survivor
@Gracemelissa98 avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,257 XP

A great plant that is used in many traditional medical remedies! A really cool plant to look into !!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@Gracemelissa98 avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,257 XP

It seems to be sprouting little new buds every day!! It’s such a cute plant and really reminds me of shrek! So cute and fun!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@petaltothemetal avatar
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 2,195 XP

It’s a survivor!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@GreenThumbYogiKimG avatar
leaf-1 55 Plants
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globe Jacksonville, FL

Easy to grow and little effor.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@petaltothemetal avatar
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 2,195 XP

Neglected my poor guy for over 6 months, should have re-potted him sooner but he didn’t give up on me! It took quite awhile for his leaves to get yellowed and shrivelled but now that he has what he needs, he is thriving with new growth and firm leaves!

Survivor Survivor
Ashlynn avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 154 XP
globe Marion, WI

I hardly touch it cause that’s what seems best but I did notice it needs a lot more water then most of my succulents as it started to get wrinkles

@Abonomi avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Fort Worth, TX

I’ve found this succulent to be really easy, some require way more light or less water or whatever else. This guy can handle whatever I give it.

Survivor Survivor
@faithplants avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 438 XP
globe Norwich, England

This just looks like shrek’s ears and I think it’s so funny

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