Radermachera sinica - China Doll Plant

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Scientific Name
Radermachera sinica (Radermacher's plant from China)

Common Name
China Doll Plant, Serpent Tree, Emerald Tree Plant

Native to Southern China and Taiwan

This plant is often grown as a houseplant due to the shine of its glossy, emerald leaves. Looking like a miniature tree, it brings a piece of the woodland into your home. In the wild, it grows in mountainous areas of Southern China and Taiwan, so think of the mountain environment in the subtropics when caring for this plant. Give it a spot with bright, indirect light and water regularly when the top layer of soil dries out, and it will reward you with beautiful, glossy leaves and vibrant foliage.

Bright, indirect light is best for the China Doll Plant; it can stand a couple of hours of morning or evening sun, but no more than that. Ensure it is kept moist in a brighter location.

Reliably moist soil is a recipe for success here; allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waters, and reduce slightly in autumn and winter. If it gets some sun, make sure to water more frequently; in indirect light, it will need less.

Average room humidity is ideal for this plant; they are tolerant of dry air, just make sure they aren't too close to a radiator which would dry them out.

Choose a well-draining but moisture-retentive mix for this plant; one designed for Calatheas or Marantas will work well. Repot every two years in Spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Temperatures of about 15-32°C are great- make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
One common issue is the yellowing and loss of foliage due to infrequent or inconsistent watering. If you cannot water more frequently, introducing a pebble tray will increase the humidity and therefore ensure the soil dries out more slowly.



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