China Doll Plant

A China Doll, Radermachera sinica, plant is a very fast growing plant with lacy-looking, glossy, green foliage that is native to the subtropical mountain regions of southern China and Taiwan. China Doll plants appear very compact and sturdy when you first buy them because of the growth regulators given to them by growers. These growth regulators make normal sized leaves grow on short stems. As this regulator in the soil is used up, a China Doll plant starts growing in all directions just like the outdoor plant it really is. Instead of a dense plant with lots of leaves, it soon becomes open and feathery. To keep the plant thick, full, and bushy, prune frequently. A China Doll plant, with its soft delicate leaves, makes a beautiful houseplant if placed in very bright light and frequently pinched back.



All of the Leaves on an Entire Stem of My China Doll Plant Are Drying Up and Falling Off. If I Water It More Will They Come Back?

Your China Doll plant probably got too dry and that part of the plant is dead. You can’t save the stem and leaves once they become crisp. Cut that section off and new foliage will grow back.

There Are Tiny White Sticky Balls on My China Doll Plant. They Look Like Cotton. What Are They?

The white sticky balls on your China Doll plant are Mealy Bugs. If there are just a few, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and wipe them off; for a large infestation spray the entire plant with the green solution (recipe in the Glossary). Repeat the spraying every 10 days for at least a month

My China Doll Plant Has Leaves at the Top but the Stems Below Are Bare and So Thin That They Are Bending Over. What Should I Do?

Prune your China Doll plant back by at least 2/3’s and move it to a very bright location. Your plant shouldl grow back with stronger stems and lots of foliage.

Why Are the Green Leaves on My China Doll Plant Falling Off?

China Doll plants lose green leaves when there is an abrupt change in watering, temperature, light, or if you repot it. Be sure the soil isn’t too wet.

All of the Stems on My China Doll Plant and All of the Leaves Are Drooping as Though It Needs Water, but the Soil Is Wet.

You’ve over-watered your China doll Plant so much and so often that the roots have rotted. You can try cutting your plant all the way back and allowing the soil to thoroughly dry out. If there are any roots left they may put out some new growth. More realistically, your China Doll plant may be headed for the trashcan.