China Doll - China Doll
- Botanical Name: Radermachera Sinica
- Origins: China
- Light: Medium Light
- Watering: Daily
- Growth Speed: Medium
- Grower: Average
- Style: Table Top
- Home Decor: Casual
- Variety Code: 32
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Product Description - China Doll
The shiny bright green leaves of the China Doll are doubly compound, giving the plant a delicate and fern like appearance. It reaches 4 feet in height. In the nursery it is usually treated with a growth retardant; as the effect wears off, the plant will return to its more open natural growth habit. This climbing plant is a native of countries from Mexico to Colombia and Brazil.
The genus Cissus consists of approximately 350 species of tropical and subtropical vines and shrubs. The plant now called Cissus used to be classified in the genus Vitis, for grapes, because of the grape like tendrils by which the plants cling to any support structure. Cissus rhombifolia is known as Grape Ivy since the foliage resembles grape leaves. Grape Ivy is not true ivy, but is related to edible grapes. The Grape Ivy has shiny three-lobed leaves, 4 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide, that unfold bronzy, then turn deep green. New buds and the undersides of mature leaves are covered with soft brown fuzz. The leaf shape is somewhat like that of Poison Ivy. In the warmest parts of the U.S., several varieties can grow outside in regular soil with partial shade. The Grape Ivies are usually grown in hanging containers so that their weak stems will cascade over the edges.
Plant CareProvide average indoor humidity levels and feed lightly with each watering throughout the growing season. Temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees and 60 to 65 degrees during nights are ideal. Keep evenly moist and provide at least 2 to 3 hours of curtain-filtered sunlight in a south, east, or west window. To propagate, use stem cuttings. To keep the plant looking its best, pick off yellowed leaves and keep its desired height and shape by pinching.
Sunday, 25 August 2013 03:51 |
posted by Elizabeth
I bought a China Doll at a store where it was left without proper water and it was half dead when I bought it-it's living foliage looked so nice so I'd decided to try and save it. After clipping off the dead leaves and stems it seemed to do fine. I struggled for a bit with finding a spot in my bedroom that offered just the fight amount of light and temperature. However, it's been wilting again. When I water it abundantly it withers and when I water it sparingly it withers and I have to keep trimming off the dead "branches". I would really love to keep this plant! Is there something else that I can try to get it back to looking healthy? Please help me!
Sunday, 16 September 2012 22:40 |
posted by Rita
Wow...when I read the discription, it seemed like they were talking about a different plant. Mine is huge and beautiful,with shiny leaves and layers of plant leaves coming from the bark just like a tree.There's at least a distance of a foot between each row of the new leaves, and each row of leaves is wider than the one before as it gets higher! This would be a much better website if we could send pictures of our plants....In fact, I was surprised that we couldn't. Oh well, I'll be fine... :-)
Has anyone had any problem bringing the plant inside when the weather begins getting colder? I'm in Wisconsin, and that time is getting nearer by the day. Thanks to anyone that can help!
Friday, 03 August 2012 07:51 |
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Monday, 09 July 2012 02:16 |
posted by Wanda Rich
Does the China Doll planat bloom at all?
Monday, 07 May 2012 21:50 |
posted by jamie
I find almost no plant should be watered daily indoors. (outside is another subject). Mine does very well with weekly drenching. It's about 14 feet from two windows and hasn't become spindly yet.
Monday, 20 February 2012 20:03 |
posted by Laura
This plant will become a tree. 6 feet tall even. Watch out for scales. They are flat insects that attach themselves to the stem. It seems to affect them the worst in the winter, so some supplemental lighting would probably be beneficial. My parents own two of these. They battle scales every year. They put the trees outside every summer, but must cut them back every year as it grows tall and spindly. Overrall I would say their china dolls are receiving adequate but not ideal care. Perhaps you can do better.
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