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Q.China Doll Leaves Curl Under

Zone 83845 | Marilyn Schultz added on May 19, 2024 | Answered

My China doll is happily thriving with new growth and no brown leaves. The only thing is the leaves curl under despite anything I’ve tried. Is there any hope of changing the situation? Any help is welcome.

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Answered on May 20, 2024

I would check the pH levels, and nitrogen to potassium and phosphate ratios. For vegetative growth, nitrogen is needed. pH needs to be Slightly acidic at around 6.5 is best. This will increase the availability of nitrogen, as well.

Pruning is another thing to consider. You can safely trim the plant back by 1/3. It will keep it compact and force new growth to make it more full looking.

This article will help you with the care of this finicky plant:


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