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

Posted by elkay 6a (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 27, 13 at 11:17

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

I have never got to see this plant in real life

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

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.

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

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 27, 13 at 22:18

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.


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

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.

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