How to Care for a Hobbit Jade Plant

Overview

The hobbit jade plant (Crassula ovata) varies in appearance from the regular jade plant. Although the leaves are waxy and succulent like the regular jade plant, the leaves of the hobbit jade are tubular and pipe-shaped, with reddish tips. The hobbit jade plant is a slow-growing succulent that will reach about 3 feet at maturity, with an even wider spread.

Step 1

Place the hobbit jade plant where it will be exposed to a minimum of four hours of bright sunlight per day. Hobbit jade will grow in bright, indirect light, but bright light will bring out the best colors and will prevent droopy leaves.

Step 2

Plant the hobbit jade plant in a potting medium that drains well, such as commercial potting mixture for cactus plants. Use a container with a drainage hole in the bottom and a drainage saucer.

Step 3

Water hobbit jade deeply and allow the water to run through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Don't water again until the top of the soil feels slightly dry to the touch. Empty water from the drainage saucer and never allow the bottom of the pot to sit in water. Water the jade plant sparingly during the winter months.

Step 4

Fertilize the hobbit jade plant every three to four months, using a general purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer. Don't feed the plant during the winter months.

Step 5

Keep the hobbit jade in a warm room, with temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and nighttime temperatures about 10 degrees lower. Don't place hobbit jade close to cold windows during the winter, and place the plant away from cold drafts.

Step 6

Repot hobbit jade only when necessary. All jade plants prefer that their roots be slightly crowded. Move the hobbit jade into a sturdy pot with a heavy bottom, as jades are in danger of tipping as they grow larger. Don't water the repotted planted immediately, and allow the soil to dry slightly before watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial potting mixture for cactus plants
  • Container with drainage hole
  • Drainage saucer
  • General purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer
  • Sturdy pot with heavy bottom

References

  • Clemson University: Jade Plant
  • University of Wisconsin: Jade Plant, Crassula Ovata
  • Rutgers Gardens: Fun and Wacky Annuals
Keywords: jade plant, hobbit jade plant, crassula ovata

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.