Plant Care China Doll Plant

China Doll Plant

3.7 out of 5 (28 experiences)

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


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.

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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 considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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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 15
China Doll Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
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 Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
China Doll Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Nikki2 avatar
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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 40 Plants
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Very picky with placement.

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globe Smyrna, Georgia

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

Fussiest plant ever!

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Morgantown, Pennsylvania

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, Utah

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
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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
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leaf-1 80 Plants
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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, California

She’s a whore

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 27 Plants
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mine died. Idk why, it was cute while it lasted but it’s thin leaves I thought it was eventually going to die because it’s not a hardy plant. It’s okay though I might try to bring it back or get a new one

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Grand Forks, North Dakota

Snapped back after I over watered.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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globe Kent, Washington

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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globe Cookeville, Tennessee

cutest little guys ever and easy to read

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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