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China Doll Plant – How to Care, Benefits, Propagation, Pests

China doll plant : If you want your house or garden to look greener then you should have one or two china doll plant (Radermachera sinica). You can even see some leaves are very light green and some are dark green but this gives them a very bright greenish appearance. This plant will surely makes your house more attractive.

These are not just plants but can be called trees because they also grow about a height of 26-30 feet straight upward.These are very popular worldwide and easily available in offline stores and online stores. Its glossy , bushy leaves can give a nice look on office space.It is such an evergreen plant that needs your little care and most people want it in their indoor environment to feel the natural environment.

Background Information

The Botanical or Scientific name of this China doll plant is Radermachera sinica. This plant comes from the Bignoniaceae Family. These plants were first found in mountain areas of South east Asia Countries like Taiwan and China.

These plants are also known by the names emerald tree , serpent Tree , china doll. This can grow about 28-30 m high with very thick canopy(Stem above soil).

Indoor plants can grow about 3-6 feet high with indirect light conditions & it doesn’t bloom indoors so better transfer it outdoors when they get mature.

The Blooming season is early spring and that will end in late summer.They Like Good Drained Soil, Light moist with pH of 5.6 to 7.4. The flower color can be seen either yellow or white. The Growth Rate is Faster.


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(Radermachera sinica) How to Grow China doll Plant

To grow this plant(Radermachera sinica), make sure to put this in  a good environment where it gets partial or full light requirement. This amazing evergreen tree grows in both indoor and outdoor.

Growing china doll plant indoor can make it grow slow because of the minimum sunlight it receives , but outdoors it grows fast and big due to full sunlight. Indoor height growth is 3–4 inches and outdoor is about 20–30 feet tall which makes it not to call it as a plant but a Tree.

It is best to plant this china doll plant outside in the garden or backyard from where it gets proper direct sunlight. Growth indoors is also strange and fussy. It grows outdoors better.

The leaves of this plant fall often if it is not getting the light and moisture properly, when you are growing young plants.You have to take care of its light and moisture condition.

(Radermachera sinica) China Doll plant Care

To care we need to understand that these plants love indirect light. They need 3–5 hours of daily lights to grow well. If you keep it in the room, make sure it may also be able to get the proper light from your window.

You can also purchase an artificial lamp light specially made for china doll plant, so that it can fulfill its daily light intake requirements. When these plants(Radermachera sinica) are young, they need more care and make sure they are moist most of the time.

And have a good drain soil ,If your soil is not draining properly then mix perlite or sand in it so it gives your soil drainage a boost. Also Your soil should not be dry as it will cause water scarcity in the roots.

And they will be spoiled after drying. Always check the soil whether it is dry or not. To check, you have to put your one finger on the soil surface to 1 inch below to see if the soil is wet , if the soil is wet.

No need of water and if soil is dried then only add water. If you want to make its growth good, then you can do pruning. It is not necessary if you want to put it in the ground.

For good care, it is important to keep it in the right temperature, which is up to 66-74° F, which is 19-23° C.

Here are some tips on caring each aspect:

Pot and Repotting

This plant does not like repotting. If you re-pot it again and again, you may end up shaking its root as well, that way the plant’s hold on its root is spoiled.

Due to which you will see the leaves are falling out of it.

If you need to put this in a bigger pot, then put it in more than 2 inches pot from previous pot size because its roots manage to grow 1-2 inches, after that you grow it outdoors to make it a bigger tree.

If you want it to be in its growth limit then at the time of repotting, you can also trim the roots by 0.5 inches and 1 inch.

Take care not to trim the whole root. Due to this, plant growth can be controlled if you grow it indoors.

Fertilizer

China doll plant needs fertilizer during the growing season, which starts from early spring and runs till summer. In this, you can add all purpose plant food fertilizer , which helps them to grow well.

Because you want to see a nice big tree being formed from it, then every month there will be a need for fertilizer.

So take care to give a well balanced fertilizer and proper water too.

Soil

This plant needs good soil which can reach the water right in the corner of every pot edge.

For this, the potting soil can be useful which is available in the market.

If the water is not drained properly and soil remains wet then its root may rot.

You can check its pot hole for proper draining as well as its soil that drys properly or not.

To fix the soil issue, you can put either sand or even perlite and blend it in your existing soil and before that take out wet 20% soil. That’s it, Give balanced water when the soil appears to be drying.

Water

As you know we humans need daily water , same as China doll plant(Radermachera sinica) needs daily water to grow stable.

In winters it will not require much water, in summer it is necessary to sprinkle water daily.

To check water retention, you touch the top of the soil 1-2 inches, if the soil is dry then add water to it and if not then do not add water.

Pruning

Pruning is also necessary care in these plants so that its stem does not have a separate structure and does not become leggy. This is a condition in which another layer of stem comes out from the middle of the stem, due to which the plant has difficulty in becoming progressively tougher, it can cause plant death if it becomes excessive.

Its leggy condition can be removed by pruning, so that its shape and size are correct for months. You can leave some leaves in each stem so that the root of this plant can reach them.

Its growth is controlled by pruning or trimming and if you do start seeing the bushes or may be dead leaves, then reduce it.

Temperature

China doll plant likes warm temperature and the Growing Temperature it is compatible to 66°F to 74°F.

Humidity

These plants(Radermachera sinica) love humid climates. In Indoors, you can use Humidifier to keep this plant in a humid condition which it enjoys.

And if you keep them indoors, then this plant does not easily get dry, so the need for regular water is not necessary.

Light

Give indirect light to this plant. You can keep it in indirect sunlight or partial sunlight and do not give direct sunlight.

There may be a shortage of water in the plant in outdoor light, so you have to provide regular water in it.

And it is important to check the soil before giving water, whether it is already wet or not, if it is wet then do not give water and if it has dried then give water.

Also Read : How to Grow China Doll Plants Outdoors

China Doll Plant Benefits

There are many benefits of china doll plant including caring, toxicity, indoor and outdoors growing, able to clean air quality, provides fresh oxygen, can be useful for skin issues, leaf plays an important role and some other parts of plant also have its own use. Read on.

Here are the benefits of china doll plant :

  1. These plants are very easy to care & grow.
  2. These are non toxic So even if you left your child or your pet alone with this plant. It can’t harm your pets and child. One thing I must say you should keep an eye on your children as they can easily spoil stems of plants.
  3. China doll plant are  termed as both outdoor and indoor growing plants.
  4. As you know indoor plants have the ability to purify air quality and also it reduces the dust present in air So many people in the United States do keep these indoor house plants in their houses.
  5. China doll plant provide pure oxygen and these indoor plants are used to remove indoor bad air and dusts partials so you can get fresh air.
  6. Radermachera sinica has medicinal use for resolving issues related to venomous snake bits and is also effective in skin problems, sterilization, and even heat clearing. Ancient time it was used in medicinal baths and the leaf is an important part which is useful[1]. Other parts such as branch , root , fruits are also used by them.

 

NOTE: Lotusmagus.com advice you to first ask a plant expert before using this plant for medicinal purpose.

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(Radermachera sinica) China doll plant Propagation

Let me tell you that this plant is not easy when we talk about its propagation. If you do not care properly, it does not grow. To propagate it, you first need to cut the stem & it should be cut from the bottom.

  • Sometimes you will see the new stem appear on the bottom having few leaves in it & developed roots. that cutting you can use.
  • Secondly if you cut from bottom make sure those stems are green and healthy leaves, do not cut a stem with pale or dead leaves.

Remember don’t Cut the main stem or its root , you need to separate out a healthy new stem. it would be around 2-2.5 inches in height. Use rooting hormone and apply it on bottom stem cutting. Then Ready a Pot with fertile soil and water it.

Wait for 1 min so the soil water drains and it gets moist. After that, put your new china doll plant Cutting into the pot you are just ready. Put these in a shade area where it will only get indirect light.

Cover your plant(Radermachera sinica) with a transparent Polythene/plastic bag and make 3-4 holes in it so these plants can get air. This will basically fulfill the moisture requirement of the new plant. Keep checking it every 4-5 days until it develops roots.

when roots develop change its location to a brighter area where it gets maximum indirect light and remove those polythene/plastic bags.

Also Read : How to Propagate China Doll Plant : Initial China Doll Plant Care


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(Radermachera sinica) China doll plant Pruning

To Prune you need to understand first it can become leggy easily so you need to take care of it either by pruning or by maintaining its growth.Leggy is a condition where the middle part between branches and leaves grows. And its very thin extra stem growth.

It looks ugly and can make your plant reduce its growth eventually & in some condition plants may also die.Pruning can be done to prevent this leggy condition & secondly increase the daily intake of light to prevent this. Pruning can be done in any season any time.

Pruning can reshape your plant and can revive its growth.

Trimming is easy in china doll plant & it doesn’t spoil the plant but encourages its growth and solves plant leggy condition as well as removing ugliness. China doll plant pruning can be done if there are too many stems coming out of your plant.

then you can cut those stems. If any stem of this plant is seen as defective or appears pale or dry and about to die in  some days, then you can cut it too. The rest of the stem can be cut when it grows diagonally.

And can interfere in other stem growth. You can start pruning from those branches which are small and are connecting at the stem through big branches. In leggy condition, follow this procedure , it can make your plant live a longer life.

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Also Read : China Doll Plant Pruning : When & How to Trim China Doll Plant

Pest & Diseases Problem

In this plant you can see pests like mealybug, Scale and most common one is spider mites which can make the plant lose its growth.When we talk about Spider mites they generally make spider webs that are very small , you can see these webs on the trunk(main stem) or between branches and leaves.

These can spoil your plant leaves easily. They make tiny eggs that can’t be removed by just washing them. You need to spray some insecticidal soap to get rid of these pests. You can Purchase it from a nearby nursery or garden center and also it is available online you can purchase from there as well.

You should take care of this plant(Radermachera sinica) by washing it every month so that its dusty particles can be removed, China doll plant will feel healthy and make sure to keep the soil moist.

Leaves can be damaged if it gets dry.

Fungal Infection

This plant is easily vulnerable to fungal infections. Brown and black color spots are found on their leaves, it seems that the leaves have been burned. If it gets proper air circulation and good draining of water in soil then we can avoid this leaf spot issue in the plant. In the market, there are fungicides available to get rid of this disease. you can purchase it online and offline.


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Fertilizer for China Doll plant

The China plant requires good fertilizer that can be used on every 15-20th day of the month. This can be given when the plant is in the growing stage.

My favorite Best 3 fertilizer :

1. Bonide – Liquid Plant Food

2. Southern Ag – Granular Fertilizer

3. Nature’s Source Plant Food

Above are the best selling one’s and are very popular when it comes to plant fertilizer.

China doll plant Bonsai

I did a lot of search and found nothing on bonsai , Asked some people who are plant experts if they hadn’t even heard of china doll plant bonsai. So basically it was not made and no one tried. This is also not used for bonsai purpose.

and may be its stem is not suitable for making its bonsai. Their may be more reasons but one thing is true no bonsai has been reported on china plants.

China doll plant Air Purifier

After Lots of searching I didn’t find any trusted source which claims it as an air purifying plant and this means this is not the one you are looking to purify indoor air. If In future any research update happens then i will update here.

Snake plant and Cast Iron Plant Can Do Clean indoor air and remove toxins.

China doll plant toxic

China Doll plant is considered as Safe, According to UCANR added in Safe Plant List but If you have Children at home by mistake eaten in bulk contact poison control center as this might give issues like dermatitis and illness.

china doll plant feng shui

There are some plant that comes in the list for example hedgehog aloe, rubber plant, Ficus , Money Tree, Pothos, Philodendron etc. These are uniquie and attart plant that can give prosperity and wealth if anyone have these.

China Doll plant feng shui is not in the list of feng Shui plants but there are other plants like Areca palm, Mother-in-Law’s tongue, Bonsai trees, Boston Fern and Jade Plants in the list. According to feng shui Principles, Plants can provide healing energy of nature. 

china doll plant seeds

If you want to buy seeds then consider going to the above link. Use potting soil which must be moist and put those seeds onto the soil. Provide them with Low light Sun, Starting days use a plastic bag to cover it. Keep it moist by spraying water.

china doll plant shriveled leaves

Shriveled Leaves can happen if too much water is poured on the soil or she might be underwatered. This can also happen in Cold Climate But general Reason would be either over or under water issue. Keep Track on Soil as Heavy Water can havoc the china doll plant anyway.

Also Read : My China doll Plant Leaves Turning Brown

mealybugs on china doll

In China doll plants You can Identify These Mealy Bugs That Looks white in Color and these suck the green portion of leaves and stem and lead to spots on foliage, weak stem, leaf yellow then drop, Growth Imbalance.

china doll plant propagation in water

It was not tried so we can’t comment not this.

china doll plant care indoors

First thing is to provide them Good room temperature warmth like 65-70 F. Less water in Winters, always check dryness in soil before watering. Provide china doll plants 5-6 hour partial light every day and No to Direct sunlight.

china doll plant cats

It is not toxic to cats , dogs and Humans but advice is do not put them near children’s specially it can be harmful and cause dermatitis , If that happens immediately Call nearest Poison Control center for help, Its is in safe list of plant directory.

is china doll plant poisonous to humans

It is Not Poisonous to human and still it is not considered to be safe in presence of pets like cats ,dogs and children as it can still give problems related to body. Please contact near by hospital or care center for immediate solution.

China doll plant yellow leaves?

I know how you feel if your china doll plant leaves turn yellow and then they start dropping leaves. It basically is because your plant is not happy in the new environment which it used to be in. First thing I want you to check is whether the soil is not too damp or soggy, as this will be the first thing creating a problem. They like moist soil but not that constant waterey soil.

Second reason would be that china doll plants are under water for a long time. So water it.

Third reason is interesting and I am quoting answer of NEW MExico State University that Indoor Plant do get affected with the smoke particles if someone in your family do smoke and what happens is those tiny particles can cover the leaf pores that leaves use to do photosynthesis means if that happens they will make less food means it directly affect the plant growth. 

Most of the websites that are claiming that china doll plants can be affected by smoking have no source to tell its users but basically I am tagging an educational website and yes china doll plant is an indoor plant it means it may get affected.

By the way Most probably your plant get a shock of environment change, If In some days It won’t perform good , Repot again with some different soil type and provide it water and morning sunlight for 2 hours.

FAQ’s

China doll plant poisonous to cats?

No, these plants are not poisonous to humans & animals and you can keep them comfortably indoors, animals such as dogs, cats also do not have any allergy from them, but make sure your child doesn’t damage the plants while playing and  also it is included in the list of safe plants [1]. If by chance someone or your pet cat digest it make sure have stomach pain symptoms please call nearest poison control center.

Why are leaves falling off my China doll plant?

These plants need moist soil that can drain the water very well and give water only when the top surface has dried up, due to the repotting, its leaf sometimes falls down. Moisture and water can be the 2 major reasons.

Does a China doll plant flower?

White color flowers often grow in this plant, which you will only see when you grow them outdoors. Its flower blooms only in certain conditions. You will only see its green leaves at maximum time. It produces large white flowers that are very beautiful to look at.

Can you trim a China doll plant?

Yes you can , Trimming can be done anytime you want to cut the stems or branches that are dead or dry at the time of trimming. Also, to give a good look, you can also trim according to your needs.

While trimming a lot of Gardeners cut the stem which has been growing by the wrong side. Fresh stems are formed by trimming. And this is a good step for the growth of the plant.

Why is my china doll dying?

In these plants, you have to keep in mind that to check the soil above whether it is dry or not, only water has to be added, if you put water in excess you may be rotting the root. Light and repotting is also one of the reasons why your plant is not able to survive & dies.

Why does my china doll plant have poles in its leaves?

This may be the cause of pests so better apply pesticide or use organic neem oil that is used to get rid of all pest conditions. If it got a fungus infection , you can use fungicide.

What is the cause of leaves getting dry , is it over watering or less watering?

You can check it by touching the soil surface each time you water in the plants. Maybe it has other problems or maybe you are over watering it or under watering that can cause the leaves getting dry.

One advice I can give you is don’t leave your plant when it needs water. It can’t survive without water.

Conclusion

It is amazing , Fast growing evergreen plant and doesn’t demand sunlight as it lives mostly in indirect light ,even though it doesn’t harm your pets and also it is not poisonous to us humans. It can be used for home décor, it looks amazing and gives nature vibes.

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