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China Doll  

Radermachera sinica

China Doll is a member of the Radermachera family. Its botanical name is Radermachera sinica.

Fast growning Tree, sold in Europe and the USA as “china doll”. Plants can be cut back to desired height in late spring and will readily form lots of new shoots. Should be kept somewhat potbound. Somewhat top-heavy plant. Attractive foliage.

Blooms normally grow to 10.0 cm (3.9 inches imperial) in diameter and produce a skunky scent, whilst showing as a colour very similar to   White. The mature flowers take a clustered form. It is a flowering non-edible ornamental / houseplant and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. China Doll is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 9.00 metres (29.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring. If you would like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

China is believed to be where China Doll originates from.

Be aware that China Doll typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

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How to grow China Doll

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Plants Grow well under a number of diffrent light requirements including shade or full sun or anywhere in between. Must not be allowed to completely dry out at any time, will wilt very fast. Commerical grown plants are treated with growth regulators at about mid crop so as to have a compact bushy dark green apperance. Can also be sprayed with Iron to get rid of yellowish leaves. Best Growth is in spring at 85 degrees. NOT a frost hardy tree. Can be grown as a bush form or individual tree. Position in a partial sun / full sun location and remember to water often. Use Zone 9 - Zone 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. China Doll needs a potting mix, peat-rich or sandy soil with a ph of 0.0 to 0.0 (). China Doll is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing China Doll from seed

Sterile peat potting medium. Sown directly on moist surface. Cover, keep warm, best germination is at 30 deg c. Alternatively, cells can be covered with 2-3 cm of perlite. Keep moist at all times. Prone to damping off, use of soil drench such as Subdue, or Banrot at planting time is reccomended. Under optimal conditions germanation is well over 75% in about 10-21 days.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.0 inches (0.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 25°C / 77°F.

Transplanting China Doll

At about 3", cells should be planted into desired pot size (usually 4", 6", 8", or 10") and treated again with fungicide. Use of Granualar fertilizer and pesticide is reccomended.

Harvesting China Doll

Seeds form on bean like seed pods which twist and are quite long, giving its name dragon or sepernt tree.

Seed Saving China Doll

Seeds are double winged bigonae flat about 4cm long and 2 wide.

Companion plants for China Doll

These plants have been known to grow well alongside China Doll so consider planting:

Repellent plants for China Doll

These plants will not grow well with China Doll so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common China Doll problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect China Doll plants:

Crown and stem rot (blight)
Leaf Spot
Iron Defficency
Root Rot
Stretching

Aphids, Mealybugs, Fungus nats, Scale

China Doll Etymology

The name “china doll” was given in 1982 after the david bowie song.

Other names for China Doll

Asian Bell Flower, Emerald Tree, Dragon Tree, Radar Plant

Steroserpum sinicum

China Doll care instructions

How long does China Doll take to grow?

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