I like China Dolls (Radermachera sinica)..........

elkay_gwMarch 27, 2013

but they don't like me. :( I can't seem to get them to thrive even tho everything I read about them says they are easy to grow.

I've tried them by a south window, 68 to 72 degrees, humidity about 50%, where them seem ok for a while and then gradually lose leaves. I try to maintain even moistness of soil - maybe I let the soil dry out too much. Also tried an east window and west window with slightly cooler temps and no drafts - no luck.

What's the secret?

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I have never got to see this plant in real life

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:55PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Plant outside in San Diego, some great specimens at the San Diego Zoo. ;) sorry.

They always defoliate here so assuming they want brighter light and higher humidity than is found in most homes.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:26PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If you haven't noticed them wilting from dry soil - odds are very high the problem is over-watering. I grew one for several years in a shallow container on our kitchen table (low humidity) in front of a south and a west window - both had some kind of prissy curtains on it ..... so in medium light, I'd say. It was a little leggier than it should have been, but I wasn't partial to that particular plant because of the compound leaves (not a bonsai candidate), so I gave it away. They are pretty easy and forgiving, so there is some part of the puzzle missing - most probably a soil or nutritive issue.

Al

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:18PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

DH says this is his favorite plant of my collection, and I love it too. When outside, it goes in full sun. Like most trees, eager to grow new leaves if the old ones get mites, too dry, sun burned, or frost bitten (yes, voice of experience.) If this winter ever ends, maybe you could put it outside.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 10:01AM
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