Posted by Kelly on June 05, 2003 at 02:13:40:
In Reply to: Re: new to growing a china doll posted by Paula on May 25, 2003 at 14:15:53:
I have always felt the same as you about the china doll. I tried some a few times living back in the midwest, had a lot of trouble knowing what I was doing wrong, and always killed them. Well, now that I live in southern CA I thought I would try it again, and a few years ago I bought one about 18 in tall to have behind my couch in the living room. Well, it survived that winter behind the couch and when I brought it outside to the patio a couple of years ago, well, let's just say it is thriving, since it is about to outgrow the rafters on the patio (9 ft)... I am thinking I need to corral it now so it does not outgrow me!! I do know it likes it's water, I was not watering it quite as religiously last year, and it did not grow as fast. Now, I have a hose hooked up out there and I flood it a couple of times a week and it is growing out of control...
: I was given a china doll as a gift two years ago - and after three months of following the instructions I had this darn plant near death! I was able to revive it fine, but here's what I learned in the process:
: * The instructions say "can tolerate moderate light to low light" but China dolls really need at minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight a day, and it's better to have more light than less. I currently have mine on a windowsil that gets morning sun, filtered through some blinds. It grows like crazy there.