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From: Marcy Kivi
Carson city, NV
I have had my china doll for almost 20 years. It was given to me at the birth of my son so it has much sentiment. It has grown very tall and most of the leaves are on the top at the ceiling. Can I trim this down to a stump and let it start all over? What do you recommend to get lower growth?

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
China Doll can be pruned back. Do this during active growth. Buds should form for several inches below the cut and new growth will appear. If multiple stemmed make cuts a different heights to encourage growth throughout the canopy. You might try cutting one branch at a time to see how that goes and if it what you expected.

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