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Questions About Daphne Plants

Asked by
rosey on
April 11, 2011

Q. Yellow Scale on Daphne Leaves

I have sprayed with white oil to no affect. Could you please make a suggestion? The scale is yellow and quite flat. It appears on the back of the leaf but shows through to the front by way of a small yellow blotch.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 11, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Give the insecticide some time to work. You may also want to look into using neem oil, which is very effective on this pest as well. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

Also, scale tends to attack plants that have something else weakening them. Apply some fertilizer to the plant and make sure it is getting enough water.

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Asked by
col on
August 21, 2014

Q. Daphne has died back

We have a Daphne bush next to a fence. The side near the fence has died back, although some buds have opened. What is the cause?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 22, 2014
A.

I can suggest a few things for you to look for -- damage on a main stem on the side near the fence could cause die back; someone spraying herbicide on the other property which could have blown over to your side; the plant may simply have run its course. This article may shed some light on the problem: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm

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Asked by
elysianflat on
September 15, 2014

Q. What fertilizer do you feed daphne plants

Not sure what to feed my daphne plant with. It’s in a pot but looks like it needs a feed. Does it require an acid fertilizer and, if so, what is recommended?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 16, 2014
A.

Ordinary balanced fertilizer (e.g. 6-6-6 or 10-10-10) will be fine. But did you know that fertilizer is not always what potted plants need? Before you decide to fertilize, evaluate the soil (too wet, too dry, too old,) the light (not enough, too much,) the plant's history (new or old, recently moved, fertilized frequently or infrequently,) possibility of bugs or diseases. After you've eliminated the possibility that you need to change the watering, the light, repot, or treat bugs or disease, then you can think about fertilizer. One thing you should include in your evaluation is that daphne does not do well as a houseplant unless you have a solarium for it to live in. This article has more information on these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm

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Asked by
Lucylouie12 on
July 8, 2015

Q. dog broke of a piece of my Daphne plant

My dog broke of a piece of my Daphne plant right at the root. Is there anything I can do with it? It grows really well and has red flowers on it.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 8, 2015
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2015

Q. cuttings of Daphne and Choisya

I have taken cuttings of Daphne and Choisya Ternata. I have four of the first one in a 5″ inch pot and two Choisya in a 3″ pot. They appear to have taken, but are not growing much. Should I repot the cuttings and put them in individual small pots, or plant them out straight into the garden bed? They look a bit frail for that option!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 18, 2015
Certified Expert
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I would pot them individually and wait until they are at least 12" high to plant outdoors.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 30, 2015

Q. Rock Daphne

A friend has a Rock Daphne which bloomed profusely this spring. When I stopped by to see her today, all the leaves were withered and falling off. The shrub is in an area with ample shade, receives proper watering several times a week. I did notice the limbs of the shrub had a lot of small black nodes throughout the entire shrub. Is it possible this is some kind of scale? Any of possible culprits? Possible solutions? Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 30, 2015
Certified Expert
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It sounds like a pest of some kind or even a fungus is attacking the shrub. I would try treating it with Neem oil spray, which will help with both insect pests and fungus. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 14, 2016

Q. Why is my daphne not flowering?

I have a daphne in a pot, and watered and fed it all last summer. It did grow and produced leaves all up the stems. However, most of these have fallen off during the winter, leaving little nodules on the stems (which I hope will grow into new leaves. There are small clusters of leaves right at the top of the steams – but no sign of any flowers. Have you any idea what the trouble could be? The stems resemble miniature palm trees – all stem with a bit of foliage on top!!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 15, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

You are not alone with issues with Daphne odora growing problems.
Known for their fussiness, the can be difficult to keep alive let along bloom again.
They have a stringy root system and can die from root rot easily.
They need very well draining, lime based soil.
Partial shaded location and a mound or hilled planting spot can help.
There is a variety 'Eternal Fragrance' that is know to be hardier.
If the plant does find a planting spot that it is happy with, it can live for years.
Do not over fertilize. To much nitrogen can cause lack of flowering.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm

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