Daphne

Daphne are a range of deciduous or evergreen shrub with small flowers which are usually followed by berries.

The plants are suited only to sites with full sun. Also required is soil of the sand or loam type which is moist but has good drainage. Mulching is also highly recommended to ensure the roots do not dry out during hot spells.

Once settled into the site, Daphne do not suit being replanted. However, propagation can be achieved either by seed, softwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe and evergreen cuttings in mid or late summer. Grafting can also be undertaken in winter as can layering in spring.

Pruning should be kept to a minimum, however this can be completed immediately after flowering if required.