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China Doll (Radermachera)

This is a popular plant that, by the looks of it, is related to the aralias. It was brought to Europe from Taiwan in the early 1980's. It's large, compound leaves consist of many pointed, glossy, veined leaflets. Our experience with this plant leads us to believe that it is sensitive to poor air quality, especially smoky air. Thus, it is not a plant that will do well in a smoker's home. It is however, a good plant to have around as it will drop its leaves in the presence of carbon monoxide or improperly vented gas or LP furnaces.

TEMPERATURE: China dolls prefer average household temperatures with a minimum temperature of 55° in the winter.

LIGHT: They like bright, indirect light. A south window with a sheer curtain or east window are ideal.

WATER: This plant likes to be kept moist at all times, but it hates being waterlogged so water and allow the excess water to drain away.

This plant is readily available in 6" and 8" pots. Occasionally it is also available in 3" and 4" pots.