Houseplants forum: The oldest potted China Doll tree you have or know of.

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Dec 5, 2016 11:48 AM CST
While cleaning this weekend, of course I was thinking about plants. It occurred to me, I've never seen someone post a pic of an older China doll tree. (Older than a few yrs.)

Who's had one for longer? Seen an older one somewhere? Whoever does, please show us a pic!
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tarev
Dec 5, 2016 12:26 PM CST
I have a China doll tree since 2007:
2007 in our old apartment, planted in a container with other plants, see center part of photo
Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/8590a1

We moved in Oct 2008
30Oct2008 repotted
Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/6386e7

Currently has grown taller now, I should have pruned it these past couple of years but has been remiss about it, and it is taller than me, a bit hard to show well in the photo.

Photo taken today, 05Dec2016 - it is way taller than me, can't really see the leaves well, our city trees still holding on the background. It was almost too dried out last summer, we have been away, but it is very resilient, with gentle watering, and now saved by cooler temps, it is still actively growing leaves, even if temps outdoors are going mid30's overnight. I plan to prune this in next Spring, way too tall already:
Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/a7e074 Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/67690b
Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/1b410a Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/955125
Thumb of 2016-12-05/tarev/39c43c

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 1, 2017 4:37 PM CST
A grand and lucky specimen! TY for sharing it.

I wasn't expecting to hear about an older indoor tree, and we haven't yet...
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tarev
Feb 1, 2017 4:50 PM CST
Someone posted on the Plant ID forum and it looks like a very old but healthy China Doll:
The thread "id 1/22/17 #2" in Plant ID forum

Really interesting specimen he got there! But seems to be grown inground and not in a container.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 1, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Definitely. Not really a house plant, as far as not in a pot and not inside during a portion of the year.
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pod
Feb 2, 2017 7:39 AM CST
I kept one for a few years. I loved the foliage but had to fight mealies constantly. I got disgusted and threw it on the compost pile where it lasted at least a couple of winters. Haven't thought about it lately and might even find it surviving still. From the sounds of this thread, I should have just planted it outdoors instead. Live & learn...
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gasrocks
Feb 2, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Boy, I had to Google that one. New to me. I'd guess that most any tropical tree can be grown as a house plant for a while. I've tried a cork tree, mahogany, cinnamon, and others I cannot remember right now. I have 4 papaya trees at the moment. Congratulations Tarev on doing well with yours so far. Gene
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