Daphnes are renowned for their highly scented flowers during autumn and early winter.
When to plant
Daphnes cam be planted any time from early autumn to late spring. Autumn is ideal as it gives plant time to establish before drier summer months.
Where to plant
- Plant Daphne in semi shaded spots in the garden, or in areas with dappled afternoon sun. Avoid areas which get the full blast of summer sun.
- They prefer an acid, or lime free soil, that is friable and well drained.
- Plant in a frost free area or give frost protection over colder months.
- Protect from coastal winds.
- Daphne grows well in pots and containers.
- Plant near doorways and windows to enjoy the fragrant blooms as you pass.
- If planting in the ground ,tone up the soil by adding some good compost. Add Blood and Bone to the soil at planting time and top dress with Azalea, Camellia & Rhododendron fertiliser. Water in well.
- In pots and containers use a top quality potting mix which will already have plant food in it. Supplement this with a slow release fertiliser such as Osmocote at 6-8 week intervals and liquid feed fortnightly.
Daphne like moist or damp conditions, especially over summer. They do not like wet feet, however, so avoid planting in heavy clay soils. Do not leave to dry out over summer months.
Pruning and shaping
Daphne need very little pruning or shaping. Remove spent flowers and prune to shape if necessary by cutting down to the next set of leaves.
Pests and diseases
Modern Daphne suffer very little from pests or diseases. The most common problem people have with daphne is yellowing leaves. This is caused by either poor drainage, which may mean the plant needs relocating, or a nutrient deficiency, usually iron. This can be remedied by applying chelated iron, aluminium sulphate or flowers of sulphur