Plant Care China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

3.7 out of 5 (31 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 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 946 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.


Radermachera sinica

How to care for China Doll Plant


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

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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 🚫.

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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.

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!

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Care Summary for China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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 9
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
Poeticcowslip avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 965 XP
globe Lafayette, NJ

Do not recommend. I bought her at the supermarket thinking she was Ficus family or a fancy umbrella, but two days later she dropped every leaf. Apparently they are super finicky. Our house is a drafty farmhouse, so I’m not sure she’ll survive.

Browns easily Browns easily
Thesmilingplantco avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 249 XP

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
xp 287 XP
globe Corby, England

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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leaf-1 109 Plants
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globe Woolwich Township, NJ

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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leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 11,027 XP

Very picky with placement.

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globe Smyrna, GA

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
Jen avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 143 XP
globe Tarvin, England

Fussiest plant ever!

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 169 Plants
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globe Morgantown, PA

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
Mccall avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT

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 🤞

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Juzn avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
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globe Grande Prairie, Alberta

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Erodplants avatar
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 2,748 XP

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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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Davis, CA

She’s a whore

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 56 Plants
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globe Grand Forks, ND

Snapped back after I over watered.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Annastasia avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Kent, WA

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.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Cookeville, TN

cutest little guys ever and easy to read

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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