Plant Care China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 01/06/2023

3.8 out of 5 (30 experiences)

China Doll Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
China Doll Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 1847 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

China Doll Plant likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Radermachera sinica
Radermachera
Bignoniaceae
Lamiales

How to care for China Doll Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your China Doll Plant

Water needs for China Doll Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

China Doll Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of China Doll Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for China Doll Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant China Doll Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

China Doll Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

China Doll Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of China Doll Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize China Doll Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for China Doll Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your China Doll Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

China Doll Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing China Doll Plant →

Common China Doll Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

China Doll Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

China Doll Plant Water Frequency →

China Doll Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

China Doll Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

China Doll Plant Light Requirements →

China Doll Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

China Doll Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

China Doll Plant doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

China Doll Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

China Doll Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for China Doll Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot China Doll Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

China Doll Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize China Doll Plant →


🌎 Native Region

China Doll Plant is native to Southeast Asia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your China Doll Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

China Doll Plant will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
China Doll Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

China Doll Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

China Doll Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate China Doll Plant →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in China Doll Plant, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

China Doll Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 18
China Doll Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
China Doll Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
China Doll Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
China Doll Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
China Doll Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
@thesmilingplantco avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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12/28/2021

have a love hate relationship with my chinadoll because while they grow so fast they can be SO temperamental when it comes to getting the watering and sunlight right on them.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Corby, England
11/29/2021

i bought this from an ikea, it was £1 because it was literally on the verge of death with barely any leaves. i repotted it, cut off the leaves and it sprung back!! it is now doing amazingly, i love it <3

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe Woolwich Township, NJ
10/24/2021

I made the mistake of leaving these plants outside over night and boy was that the beginning of the fussiness. Initially all was well ever since that night I have been trying to explain that it was a mistake and I do love them! Ugh once you annoy a China Doll a grudge is to be had and your vying to win approval. That said what I’ve learned but forget often is this plant enjoys a little shower or over watering. Otherwise it will drop leaves and once it’s dropped it’s a task on your hands. Otherwise a very beautiful and interesting to watch mature plant. Good luck!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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10/03/2021

Very picky with placement.

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globe Smyrna, GA
09/04/2021

She was beautiful for a while and kept loosing leaves. I could figure out what worked before she was at a point of no return.
IF I try again I will mimic the environment of the nursery.🥲

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Tarvin, England
08/09/2021

Fussiest plant ever!

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Morgantown, PA
07/29/2021

This plant has been super easy for me. It was one of my first plants. It was originally by a south facing window and now a north facing window. Must be rotated occasionally, as it will lean toward the light. Needs well draining soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Salt Lake City, UT
07/28/2021

She’s new to me so I’ve been a bit apprehensive because all I’ve read about her being so temperamental. But she’s been great. I take her outside all day in indirect light and she has yet to lose a leaf. Fingers crossed 🤞

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globe Grande Prairie, Alberta
07/09/2021

Very easy to take care of, just requires lots of sun, kind of temperamental when you forget to water(droopy leaves)

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 110 Plants
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06/28/2021

This is a delicate yet busy plant , lots of tiny leaves. Not sure how to take care of her so she is in a large bay window getting Morning sun.

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globe Davis, CA
06/24/2021

She’s a whore

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globe Grand Forks, ND
05/02/2021

Snapped back after I over watered.

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globe Kent, WA
03/31/2021

This is hands down the most temperamental plant I’ve ever dealt with. You move it less than a foot and it will lose half it leaves, miss watering by just a day- it loses leaves, not on top of fertilizing- loses it leaves. I named it Drama Queen for a reason. It might just be because of the climate (I live in WA), but I would not recommend for plant beginners.

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globe Cookeville, TN
03/10/2021

cutest little guys ever and easy to read

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