China Doll Plant Care
Radermachera Sinica


The China Doll Plant is for you if you like unusual house plants. Great indoor gardening tips for growing the beautiful China Doll house plant.

china doll plant

The China doll house plant is a great indoor plant for you if you are looking for an attractive foliage plant. They grow into fairly large house plants with shiny leaves that will remind you of an ash tree. The plant can easily grow up to 5 ft but if you don't have that much room you can keep them at a reasonable size by cutting them back.

Radermachera sinica has its origin in China and the Philippines where this evergreen tree carries white, bell-shaped flowers. Unfortunately the plants seldom flower indoors but they still are very attractive unusual house plants! In their natural habitat they can grow up to 90 ft tall. But don't worry, the varieties that are in cultivtion as a house plant are much more compact!


china doll plant - Radermachera sinica

Radermachera sinica flower

Photos: Tatters:)


Where To Grow China Doll House Plants?

These indoor house plants like a spot that is bright all year round. Avoid hot, direct sunlight that could burn the leaves. An east or west facing window is ideal. During the summer the plant can go outside.


China Doll Plant Care And Maintenance

Keep the soil slightly moist. Soft, lime-free water is best. Reduce the watering during the winter. Feed the plant with a general purpose house plant fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Reduce the feeding during the winter months to every 6-8 weeks.

Radermachera likes high humidity levels so mist the leaves regularly.

Propagation: You can try to take cuttings but they might be slow to take root. They can also be grown from seed just keep in mind that they need light for germination so don't cover the seeds.



Why is your China doll plant dropping leaves?

There can be several reason for the leaves yellowing and dropping off.

1. You over-water and keep the plant too wet. This is the most common cause of problems with indoor plants in genreral! This will rot the roots and the plant will start to wither because the roots are not functioning any more.

2. The plant is too dry. Touch the soil with your fingers and feel. If the soil feels very dry your plant will need water!

3. China doll house plants don't like cigarette smoke! If you are a heavy smoker this might not be a suitable plant for you.



Pests And Diseases

Greenflies and scale insects can become a problem occasionally. Use a spray that contains fatty acids to get rid of these pests. This type of pest spray is not poisonous and won't harm you or your pets.


china doll plant

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