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.
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:
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.
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?
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
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?
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
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.
Yes, you can propagate from stem cuttings and make new plants from the broken one!
Here are some links to help you.
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!
I would pot them individually and wait until they are at least 12" high to plant outdoors.
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.
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
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!!
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.