Crassula Ovata Hobbit Complete Guide-Info & FAQs

Crassula Ovata “Hobbit jade plant” is one the strangest succulent plant as far as looks are concerned. It is a small shrubby tender succulent and it is strange because of the shape of its leaves which it to be called “organ pie jade plant”.

Before exploring Crassula Ovata Hobbit, let us mention its scientific name, common names, classification, and synonyms:

SCIENTIFIC NAME Crassula Ovata Hobbit
COMMON NAMES Hobbit jade, hobbit jade plant, organ pipe jade plant, Crassula

Ovata Hobbit

CLASSIFICATION Crassula Ovata “monstruosa”   Crassula portulacea “hobbit” Crassula argentea “hobbit”
SYNONYM  Family: crassulaceae

Sub-family:  crassuloideae

Genus:   Crassula

Crassula Ovata jade

Common height and width of Crassula Ovata “Hobbit jade plant”

Crassula Ovata “monstruosa normally grows up to 90cm (3 feet) tall and 60cm (2 feet) wide.

Leaves of hobbit may grow from 5-8cm.

Hardiness regarding hobbit jade”

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 -1.1 degree C to +10 degree C

Some interesting facts about Crassula Ovata “hobbit jade plant”

  • This succulent is the native South African Cape. Organ pipe jade/hobbit jade plant’s cultivator was introduced in 1970.
  • Rocky Mountain is its growing area with full sun and little rain (more light and normal water).
  • Many compare hobbit jade to the Gollum jade plant due to the similarities in looks are growing habits.
  • Its tubular shade with coined type leaves (top of the leaves) are so beautiful are similar to a pipe that is why is named as organ pipe jade or hobbit jade plant.
  • The Jade plant is a lucky plant, some also call it a money tree or money; its leaves are coined shaped.
  • The reason Crassula Ovata “monstruosa” is called finger jade is due to the straight finger-shaped leaves.
  • In its natural environment or in perfect growing conditions, hobbit jade can grow 3 meters tall.
  • Crassula Ovata “monstruosa” is basically its cultivator.
  • If you grow your hobbit jade under the bright sun, leaves will produce a red tinge.

Checkout our detailed guide about jade plant 

How to identify Crassula Ovata monstruosa “organ pipe jade plant”

Crassula Ovata hobbit has tubular shaped, lustrous, thick, and round leaves which are more like a pipe (organ pipe jade plant) or like a finger (finger jade plant).

These leaves grow along the branches of the hobbit jade.

Their flowers are small pale-pink to white star-shaped flowers during the winter and spring. The flowers are fragrant.

Flowers and foliage of Crassula Ovata “finger jade plant”

Hobbit jade has an erect growth habit and it is shrubby. The trunk is a kind of branching that helps it to shape into bonsai forms easily.

Finger jade plant has finger-shaped leaves with red tips, whole leaves are lustrous.

How to grow and care Crassula Ovata “Hobbit jade plant”

Jade plants are very popular succulents, people enjoy growing them indoors or outdoors, they believe it is not only lucky but a great focusing tool while working or relaxing plus, it a natural substance which is beneficial for human beings in many ways.

Luck will not be a factor if you want to grow a hobbit jade in your house, you just need proper guidance, sunlight, fertilizers and water.

Crassula Ovata Hobbit is a slow-growing succulent, you need to be patient with them.

The tubular leaves of finger jade plant will take some time to mature and don’t mind a little bit of neglect.

How much sunlight does Crassula Ovata “Hobbit jade plant need”

Hobbit jade plants can grow in bright sunlight (indirect), but at least 4 hours of bright sunlight will help the leaves to keep their vibrant perky condition.

Place your Crassula Ovata Hobbit in a southern-facing window (if indoor) where it can get enough sunlight.

You can also use grow light to supplement your organ pipe jade.

Hobbit jade plants can also grow in shade but the colors of the leaves won’t be that vibrant as they will be in the bright light, so many people consider sunlight comparing to the shade.

What are the water needs of the Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade plant?

  • Hobbit jade requires more water in the summers than in the winters but in normal quantity.
  • A good way to water your hobbit succulent is the “soak and dry method” or “2-inch finger rule”.
  • You must need a pot with drainage holes and a dish under it. Bring your hobbit succulent to the sink and completely soak it.
  • After the soaking, wait until your Crassula Ovata is dried out completely.
  • Allow the soil to dry before watering it again and to know that, put your two fingers 2 inch deep into the soil, if the soil is wet, don’t water it, and if the soil is dried out, water it now.
  • This practice is helpful in the summers when your hobbit jade plant needs water.
  • In winters, water your succulent plant to keep the leaves from shriveling.
  • Watering of hobbit jade may vary in different conditions, but normally, watering once in every 2-5 weeks is enough.
  • If you see any sign of the layer of pebbles in the bottom of your pot, water your hobbit succulent more conservatively and carefully

Check out our detailed guide about watering the succulent

What are the soil needs of “Hobbit jade plant”

  • For your organ pipe jade, a well-draining soil mix is highly recommended.
  • Draining soils are used because jade plants are like all succulents are invulnerable to root rot if you accidentally or deliberately overwater it.
  • Choose special soil for your succulent.
  • All jade plants likes acidic soil (PH 6.0). 

Fertilizer needs of  Hobbit Jade plant

  • Fertilize your hobbit jade every three to four months.
  • Keep in mind, don’t fertilize your hobbit jade plant in winter.
  • Use fertilizer in the growing season where
  • Dilute it to half of its recommended strength.

How to propagate and plant Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade

  • Use a wide pot with moderate depth and don’t forget the drainage holes.
  • As already mentioned in this article, use good draining soil.
  • All purpose mixing pot will be fine.
  • A 2:1 ratio of potting with additional perlite is a standard, it will strengthen the soil.
  • Take a stem or a leaf from a well-establish hobbit jade.
  • 2-3 inch of cutting in length is a standard, take a at least a pair of leaves.
  • Allow your pair of leaves to sit for several days in a warm place.
  • Now, get a pot (don’t forget the drainage holes and a dish underneath).
  • Use a slightly acidic soil (PH=6.0) which is kind of ideal for jade plants.
  • Place your leave horizontally on the soil covering the cut with the soil.
  • If you have a stem of organ pipe jade, place it upright (help it stand using toothpicks or some rocks).
  • Don’t use moist soil.
  • Place your pot indoor/outdoor with bright indirect light for at least 4-6 hours a day.
  • After 2-3 weeks, check your planted Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade. If the roots are settled, now you can water it.
  • Use soak and dry method, water it deeply (use 2 inch finger rule before watering it) and leave it b.
  • Most important thing is, don’t water your organ pipe jade right away, watering should be once in every 6 weeks.
  • Jade plants as most succulents are drought tolerant.

How to care Crassula Ovata “Hobbit jade plant”

  • Like every succulent, jade plant also need enough sunlight to grow healthy.
  • Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade, need at least 4-6 hours of sunlight (make sure your are placing your hobbit jade under a scorching direct sunlight, just place it where it can get enough sunlight) for its growth.
  • Enough sunlight will produce a shine on the leaves and tips of the organ pipe jade’s leaves will be reddish and beautiful.
  • Hobbit jades can thrive in shades, and also in sunlight. But light recommended overshade.
  • In shade, your Crassula Ovata Hobbit will not be that much tall or lustrous, it can surely grow and will be healthy, but the one you will grow in sunlight will outshine the one in the shade.
  • Never have moist soil, jade plants let alone hobbit jade is one of the most drought tolerant non-cactus succulent plants.
  • Hobbit jade plants should dry out 50-60% before the next watering session,
  • Follow the 2-inch finger rule. Place your 2 fingers in to the soil, if its wet, don’t water it, and if it is dry, water it now.
  • If the leaves are becoming thinner and puckered, you should know that your hobbit jade is thirsty.
  • If your hobbit is large with a thick trunk, don’t water it in the winters, it will ruin the leaves and trunk.
  • I don’t water them in for 6 months until the growing season begins.
  • Suppose, you are not watering your hobbit jade for 9 months, surely the leaves will be puckered and soft but I won’t die, you just need to soak in overnight and let it dry. It will instantly be pumped and look healthy.
  • Crassula Ovata Hobbit likes it crowded, use a tight pot, by doing that, its roots will be tighter.
  • Repot, if you feel it is necessary, but it keeps the tighter.

How to prevent Crassula Ovata “hobbit jade plant” from diseases and insects/pests

  • If your Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade plant is facing fungal diseases, then overwatering is the reason behind it.
  • Leaves will show the signs of limp and they will fall off.
  • Underwatering will leave brown shriveled patches on the leaves.
  • During the primary flowering times, white cotton-like insects will show up, these insects are called mealy bugs.
  • Mealy bugs usually hide under the leaves or stem, to remove or pests, use spray bottle or use alcohol on a tower or any soft cloth and, smoothly rub off these insects.
  • Use this couple of times, it will help to remove the offspring of such bugs and insects.
  • If your hobbit jade plant is infested to a point you can’t cure it, you better clean-cut it.

Toxicity levels of  “Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade plant”

ASPCA and the University of California considered the crassula family toxic to some animals (dogs, cats, horses). Crassula ovata (jade plant) is a bit toxic to pets.

It will cause depression, diarrhea, slow heart, and vomiting when ingested. Crassula ovata poisoning pets is a rare case.

Convulsion are the effects of ingesting crassula ovata plants.

The effects on humans are very mild and non-threatening. Diarrhea and vomiting are some effects of ingestion.

Uses of  “Hobbit jade plant”

  • Hobbit jade plant grows like a tree, which makes it a popular choice for growing as a bonsai plant.
  • Crassula Ovata Hobbit is a very slow grower, that’s why people like it for growing in dish gardens of
  • Hobbit jade-like other succulent is good for humidity in the home.
  • Humidity is good for our health, it keeps us from several sinus and coughing problems.
  • Organ pipe jade plants suck the volatile organic compounds (if you are using a generator, this plant is ideal for you) and uses it as a feed.
  • Many people believe that keeping a plant or any other natural substance at home keeps their focus level high and they remain happier.
  • Hobbit jade plant is good for your study and living room if you are working in that, your focus level can increase up to 20% according to several sources.
  • People use less pain medication when they have plants in their homes according to horticulture research by the University of Kansas.

Crassula ovata hobbit vs Gollum/hobbit jade vs Gollum jade.

Many people compare Gollum jade with hobbit because of the similarities in the properties and shape.

Both the Gollum jade and hobbit jade plant have tubular-shaped leaves and both are shrubby with similar size.

The only major difference is the curling of the leaves and leaf tips.

 In Gollum jade: 

Crassula Gollum jade’s leaves are pipe type (very tubular) and are tipped with a circulation suction cup. Of course, it reminds us of the J.R.R Tolkien character of a similar name.

Crassula Gollum jade’s leaves have a red interior and are more tubular. Leaves are usually lustrous green.

 In Hobbit jade: 

In the cultivator, Crassula ovata hobbit’s leaves are curled backward around themselves and downward from the side.

Its leaves are more open and scooped, the tip of the leaves is decorated with red color.

Leaves are fatter and more fleshy, lustrous, and strong.

Frequently asked question (FAQs) 

My multi-stem hobbit jade plant is very old and recently, two of the main stems have fallen sideways. I did water it recently, is that case? Will it grow back upright?

If your hobbit jade’s stem is thick and heavy, it will move back to its position on its own. Support it with rocks, allow it to dry out completely, expose it to the bright light (don’t let it burnt by too much sun).By doing that, they may behold and solidify its position, don’t rush the watering.

My Crassula Ovata Hobbit jade plant is huge, I tried to push my finger in the soil to check if it needs or water or not but the soil is like really hard. Should I report it or water it?
First, you need to check your watering schedule, if you haven’t water it in a while you may water it now, but it will be wise to repot your Crassula Ovata because it sounds like soil has been compacted.Use fresh soil follow all the necessary guidelines, keep the new pot tight because jade plants like it crowded.
My hobbit jade was really dusty and dirty, I rinsed the leaves under tap water and clean it off.have I caused any damage to the leaves by rinsing them through tap water?
You can rinse and clean your leaves, there is no harm in it. Use a moist paper towel, it is a better and safer technique and one more thing, make sure your hobbit jade is dried out completely before rinsing it.
What type of plant food should I use for my hobbit jade?
Use succulent fertilizer (food). You must dilute the fertilizer to half of its recommended strength. Hobbit succulent like other succulents is sensitive to the salts.Don’t fertilize your succulent jade in the dormant season (fall and winters).Fertilize them once or twice during spring or summer.
Is there any other option for lighting a hobbit jade since there is no light available in my office? What should I do?

You can use supplementary light using a desk lamp with daylight “LED” bulbs.

If your office is brightly lit during the day (indirect light), your hobbit jade should do just fine, though, your plant may grow leggy over time, then supplementary light will come in to play.

Is Crassula ovata hobbit toxic to humans?

Crassula ovata “organ pipe jade”  is mildly toxic to humans only if ingested in sufficient quantity.

It can cause diarrhea, sinus (to allergic people), and vomiting but nothing life-threatening or serious.

is Crassula ovata hobbit toxic to pets?

According to ASPCA and the University of California considered crassula family toxic to some animals.

Those animals being dogs, cats, and horses. Crassula ovata is slightly toxic to pets.

Hobbit jade poisoning pets is a rare case.

Hobbit jade succulent care?
  • Succulent care is not a philosophy, it is really simple.
  • Once you have planted your hobbit jade, give it in direct sunlight (at least 4-6 hours a day).
  • Don’t leave it standing in the scorching sun or it will be scorched.
  • Water is only in summers or springs once it is completely dried out, don’t overwater and don’t underwater it.
  • use the 2-inch finger rule (place your finger 2 inch deep in the soil, if the soil is wet, water and if it is not then, don’t) to check if your succulent needs water or not.
  • Don’t water it in the dormant season (winter and fall) because succulents are one of the most drought-tolerant plants.
  • Use fertilizer once in a couple of months, dilute it to its half strength because hobbit jade is sensitive to salts.
  • Your succulent can grow in the shade as well but sunlight is recommended to secure a lustrous look with red circled tips.
  • Remove dust and dirt with a moist paper towel, slowly and gently rinse the dust.

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