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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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.
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.China Doll is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 5°C / 41°F.
Seeds form on bean like seed pods which twist and are quite long, giving its name dragon or sepernt tree.
Seeds are double winged bigonae flat about 4cm long and 2 wide.
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect China Doll plants:
Crown and stem rot (blight)
Aphids, Mealybugs, Fungus nats, Scale
The name “china doll” was given in 1982 after the david bowie song.
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