China doll is a houseplant with abundant glossy-green leaves. Adapted from its origin as a large tree, this fast-growing plant now happily tolerates indoor-growing conditions. It can grow up to 1 metre tall and 30cm wide.
POSITION For best growth, give your china doll plant a lot of bright (but indirect) sun. It needs at least 4-5 hours of sun per day, even indoors.
WATER When watering, be careful. Too little or too much can wreak havoc on your china doll plant. The soil should be kept moist, but the roots shouldn’t be allowed to sit in water. Water only when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch.
If your plant develops brittle leaves that turn yellow, it not getting enough water. Too much water is indicated by black colored tips.
When new foliage is developing, watering can be slightly increased and decreased again once the plant has become dormant.
SOIL These compact trees like a rich soil that drains well. General purpose potting soil can be used, add sand or perlite if extra drainage is needed.
The china doll plant should be fed at least twice a month while it’s growth period is active.
A slow release fertiliser can be used twice yearly. The plant shouldn’t be fertilised for four months after being re-potted.
Pictured here in a 17cm pot, it will be posted potted.