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!!
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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.