Q&As/Flowering Shrubs and Trees/Growing Daphne Plants


Last Winter I purchased two Daphne Bushes and planted them each side of my entrance. One has grown beautifully and is almost in flower while the other is looking pale and hardly grown at all. What is the reason for this and how can I correct it?


Known for its wonderfully fragrant flowers, Daphne is a favourite with many people. There are lots of different varieties of this shrub available, some more woody and shorter lived than others. 

In almost all gardens, no two sites are exactly the same – even if they are close together. The difference can apply to soil types, sun and wind exposure. The Daphne that is not as successful may be growing in an area of poor or possibly wetter soil, is open to full sun during the summer months or exposed to strong winds. Any of these factors could be responsible for the lack of growth.

If you do not wish to shift the Daphne to a new site, apply regular side dressings of a good quality acid fertiliser such as Daltons Premium Acid Fertiliser in the early summer months, in combination with applications of compost. This should help improve the health of your Daphne plant. Remember to water the fertiliser in well and add a good layer of mulch on top, especially during summer to stop the soil and plant from drying out. 

For those wanting to plant Daphne in their garden, make sure the location has good morning sun and filtered light in the afternoons. Avoid spots with heavy shade or exposure to hot afternoon sun. Daphne can be a bit fussy as it prefers a fertile well-drained soil that is slightly acid. When planting, add in generous amounts of organic matter such as peat or compost; try Daltons Compost

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