A China Doll is a very fast growing plant with lacy looking glossy green foliage. China Dolls appear very compact and sturdy when you first buy them. Those in 4” and 6” pots look perfect on tables while the larger ones in 8” and 10” pots make beautiful floor plants. This look comes from the fact that the growers have given them growth regulators that make normal sized leaves grow on short stems. As this regulator in the soil is used up, a China Doll will start expanding in any & all directions just like the outdoor plant it really is. Instead of a dense plant with lots of leaves, it will soon look open and feathery. It may even become leggy and thin over night if you’re not careful. A China Doll, with its soft delicate leaves, makes a beautiful houseplant, but you must put it in very bright light and frequently pinch it back
WATERING & FERTILIZING:
China Dolls need to dry out at least several inches down before you water. The foliage will turn a pale green when the plant needs water and will be very light when you lift it. Be sure to water around the entire soil surface so that water reaches all of the roots. Feed a China Doll monthly in the spring and summer and every other month in the fall and winter with a good balanced houseplant food (10/10/10).
LIGHT CONDITIONS/GROWING AREAS:
A China Doll must have very bright light, placing it in front of a window with an East, West, or South exposure is best. During the winter, you can even place a China Doll in direct sunlight.
OPTIMUM SOIL CONDITIONS:
Grow in loose, fibrous potting mix.
China Dolls like basic household temperatures between 65-75 degrees. Keep them away from drafts and cold windowsills or the leaves will fall off.
Sap may be irritating to the skin.