Daphne Plants

Pruning Daphne

KCampbell added on June 8, 2017 | Answered

I have recently moved into a new home with an old Daphne plant by the front door. I love Daphne, but this plant is very scraggly and woody. Still blooms, but needs serious pruning. New growth and next year's blooms are at the very ends of the raggedy branches. I worry that if I prune back to a reasonable shape, I might kill the plant. What can you suggest? Thanks, Karen C

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Answered on June 10, 2017

Since Daphne do well without pruning, I would access the growing conditions for this plant.
This article will help you.

Pruning should be done after flowering, but only prune out 1/3 of the plant each season.

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