Q&As/Flowering Shrubs and Trees/Daphne Plants

Question

I have a Daphne bush that is having a major sulk. Can you please advise if there is a product out there than can re-energise it? The leaves are not yellow and none are falling off, but they look a tad limp and not glossy. It has been in its current position now for 6 months.

Answer

Known for its wonderfully fragrant flowers, Daphne is a favourite for many people. They are not the easiest of shrubs to cultivate and although varieties like Daphne odroa rubra are a hardy species, even these can present with problems.

Getting the right garden position for your Daphne is important. Make sure the location is open and not in direct sun, but instead with full light and well-drained, fertile soil that is slightly acidic. It is often a case of experimenting until you find a site at which Daphnes thrive. They do not like to be too wet, nor too dry, so keep the plant well mulched with compost or crushed bark.

If the leaves have lost their glossy appearance but are not drooping, it may be a nutritional issue and they may require fertilising with Daltons Premium Acid Fertiliser. Apply the fertiliser in autumn and again in spring and remember to water it in well.

If the leaves appear to be drooping, sadly this is a sign that the Daphne plant may well be dying. If you decide to replace your plant, when planting your new specimen, add in generous amounts of organic matter such as peat or compost. Add Daltons Bio-fungicide Granules when planting, as Daphne can struggle with root diseases.

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