Welcome to my website about growing ornamental plants organically. Few gardens work well without flowering plants, and in an organic garden where insect activity is encouraged, they are vital. My flowering plants bring pleasure by filling the air with wonderful fragrances and stimulate the senses with their beauty............................................John Ashworth 26th December 2015.
Daphne are said to be difficult to grow and last only 8-10 years before succumbing to old age.
I have tended
to ignore my Daphne in all but regular light watering and a bit of
compost every year. Despite this they prosper, covering themselves with
extraordinary scented flowers every winter. The older of my two plants has been around for about 20 years.
are both shaded by a south facing fence except in summer when the sun
is high enough to reach them. However, they live under the canopy of my
apricot tree so the summer sun is filtered at its hottest around
like partial shade. Dappled sunlight under a tree's canopy is ideal.
Some say they do best sheltered by an east facing fence with morning sun
and shaded under the canopy of a tree in summer.
A light frost is not a problem for Daphne, but they should be protected against heavy frosts.
I have not been troubled by pests or diseases on my Daphne.
They like active organic soil, but apart from an annual dressing of compost and mulch, don't like strong fertilisers much.
They don't like root disturbance, and relocating them as a mature plant is not recommended.
They don't like too much water around their roots, but shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely.
well drained, well watered, raised garden bed with plenty of organic
matter in the soil and located under the canopy of a small tree are
ideal conditions for planting a new Daphne shrub.
Feed the Soil.
In September, remove old mulch, fallen leaves and other decaying organic material. Dispose of them in the compost heap.
Add a 60mm layer of home made compost on top of the soil and cover with fresh straw mulch.
Propagate Daphne from stem cuttings in early summer.
a 100mm length of stem carrying new growth just below a node, and strip
the stem leaving only 2 leaves at the growing tip. Plant the
cutting 50mm deep in a Mini Ecobed where the soil is moist and biologically active.
In Autumn prepare a bed for the cutting.
any spent mulch or other organic materials from the surface of the soil, and add a 60mm layer of home made compost covered with fresh straw mulch.
the Daphne cutting is established and has grown to about 150mm above
soil level, remove the mulch from the prepared bed and dig up the
cutting taking as large a soil/root ball as possible . Plant it in the
prepared bed with the top of the root ball level with the surface of the