I have a winter daphne that is about 4 years old. It has never bloomed. It is variegated; the plant identification and information tag said it was a winter daphne. I am wondering if what I have is really a winter daphne. Any clues as to why it has not bloomed? It has grown nicely. It is about 5 feet tall now. I bought this plant because the blooms smell SO good.
There are a couple of things that might cause the plant not to bloom. The usual reasons are either that it is not getting enough sun or it is lacking phosphorus. For the sun, even though this is a shade plant, there is such thing as too much shade. If you have it in deep shade, see if you can thin out what is blocking the sun and get it a bit more light. Also, give it some bone meal. This will give it some phosphorus, which it needs to be able to bloom.
I would like culture and photos of plant.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm
What fertilizer to use for winter daphne in Willamette Valley, Oregon? How does one make winter daphne bloom?
This article contains several suggestions, especially to make sure your plant has plenty of light. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/care-for-winter-daphne.htm
My Daphne has lost all its leaves but has still flowered this spring. It was fed last year with a solution containing iron, but still no leaves. Is it time to dig it out and start again?
If your Daphne recently flowered, it is probably doing fine, and the leaf drop is just a temporary problem. Sudden temperature changes or an inconsistent water supply could cause leaf drop. Also, check your plant for any visible pests.
Here are some general reasons a plant may drop its leaves:
We have 3 winter daphne bushes that need to be reduced in size. The outer portion of the bushes have leaves and flowers. The inner parts have only bare wood. If we cut these bushes back to an acceptable size, will they continue to grow and flower? After they are cut back, they would have only woody stems showing. Will the leaves and flowers regenerate?
Daphne blooms on old growth, so cutting it back shouldn't be a problem. The bigger concern is timing. If you have to prune your Daphne, it's best to do it after it's finished blooming, which ought to be coming up for you. You can read all about cutting back a Daphne plant in this article:
Can you plant Daphne Odora and have it survive the Phoenix AZ heat?
Daphne odora is rated for hardiness zones 7-9 and AHS heat zone 9-7. If you are unfamiliar with heat zones, see this article which will and show your zone: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/gardening-maps/heat-zone-map
This shrub can be temperamental and siting it in the correct place is essential as it doesn't like to be transplanted. Some morning sun, a pH of 6.5 -7, fast-draining soil and consistent moisture are mandatory. Mulch the soil to (try to) keep it cool and to lessen moisture loss. In Phoenix, getting the moisture level correct will be a challenge in summer months. If your area is windy, a spot with protection from hot summer winds will help.
green leaves turn yellow and fall off. One plant completely and another just starting.
Are these starting to yellow from the bottom of the plant up, or the top of the plant down? There could be a few reasons why this is happening. Has it been excessively hot or dry recently? Is there any other spotting other than the yellowing, or is this the only symptom? Overwatering can cause the same symptoms, along with many more as well.