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China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

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China Doll Plant (Radermachera Sinica) Care Guide

The China Doll Plant, known scientifically as Radermachera sinica, is an attractive houseplant characterized by its glossy, finely divided leaves and tree-like growth habit. Despite its beauty, it can be a bit finicky and requires specific care to thrive. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you care for your China Doll Plant.

Light

China Doll Plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They do not tolerate low light conditions well, which can cause leggy growth and leaf drop. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. A spot near an east or west-facing window is ideal.

Watering

Water your China Doll Plant when the top inch of soil feels dry. Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot, but ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent root rot. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause leaf drop.

Humidity

China Doll Plants prefer moderate to high humidity levels. Aim for a humidity level of 50% or higher. You can increase humidity by:

  • Using a humidifier.
  • Placing a tray of water with pebbles near the plant.
  • Misting the leaves regularly with room temperature water.

Temperature

China Doll Plants thrive in temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Keep them away from drafts, air conditioning vents, and sudden temperature changes, which can cause stress and lead to leaf drop.

Soil

A well-draining, peat-based potting mix is ideal for China Doll Plants. You can use a mix designed for houseplants or create your own by combining regular potting soil with perlite and peat moss.

Fertilizing

Feed your China Doll Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can cause leaf burn and damage the roots.

Pruning

Prune your China Doll Plant to maintain its shape and size, and to encourage bushier growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to make clean cuts. Regular pruning can help prevent the plant from becoming too leggy.

Repotting

Repot your China Doll Plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current one and refresh the soil to provide new nutrients. Be gentle when repotting, as the plant does not like to be disturbed.

Common Problems and Solutions

  • Leaf Drop: Often caused by changes in the environment, such as moving the plant, changes in light, or improper watering. Ensure consistent care and avoid drastic changes.
  • Yellow Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering or poor drainage. Check the soil moisture and adjust your watering routine.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Usually a sign of low humidity or water quality issues. Increase humidity and use filtered or distilled water.
  • Pests: China Doll Plants can be prone to spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant and treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Propagation

China Doll Plants can be propagated through stem cuttings. Select a healthy stem with at least two nodes. Remove the lower leaves and place the cutting in water until roots develop, then plant it in soil. Alternatively, you can plant the cutting directly in soil and keep it moist until roots establish.

Special Tips

  • Rotate your China Doll Plant regularly to ensure even growth and light exposure.
  • Clean the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the plant looking vibrant.
  • Avoid moving the plant frequently, as it can be sensitive to changes in its environment.

 

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