Daphne Plants
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daphne rescue

Zone Sunset Beach, NC. 28468 | jameshunt added on February 20, 2017 | Answered

My Daphne bush looks really bad. In the last year, there have been very few full leaves. I only got blooms around the bottom of the plant. The plant gets morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Is there anything I can do to help its recovery? I have had it for 8 years. Thanks.

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Alisma
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Answered on February 20, 2017

First, make sure the plant is in a suitable location that gives it what it needs- see the care guidelines here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/pruning-winter-daphne.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/daphne-not-blooming.htm

Daphne especially needs sufficient moisture but also well-drained soil. Excessive pruning can also weaken Daphne plants and allow fungal diseases to attack. This article provides more information on Daphne diseases:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=727

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