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Daphne Odora


Daphne Odora (Daphne odora)

I have had this shrub for a number of years now, and have heard that it can be difficult to grow. It is Winter flowering, and although the flowers are actually very small, the perfume from this plant is truly amazing~it is a must have in any garden!



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I agree, I have it too

2 Jul, 2010

 

Cinders, not only do we reside in the same County, we both have the same great taste too! lol! :~))

2 Jul, 2010

 

Thats right !

2 Jul, 2010

 

:~)))))x

2 Jul, 2010

 

I love this Floribunda but they are so expensive, seen them for about £26, which is a lot of money when its said to be a rather tender difficult plant.

3 Jul, 2010

 

Hi Stroller~that is a high mark up isn't it? On here at Burncoose it is only £11.50!
I wouldn't have said this was at all tender, just know it can be a little fussy on soil. Ours is alkaline/neutral based, and it does really well on this as is quite a large shrub now. This is 'Aureomarginata'. :~))

3 Jul, 2010

 

Now it's interesting you should have put this up Bev. I have this, It is indeed very tricky. Mine was lovely first year in a sheltered spot by the house with some shade. The following summer it grew a lot and then went very yellow and straggly. After looking it up online I realised it needed moving; so I moved it to a warmer spot with more sun but still shady. Then after more research I realised that Daphne's cannot tolerate having dry roots. However, the plant was doing brilliantly. Yellowing had stopped and new growth looked lush and strong. Then this dry summer came and in spite of my trying to water it fairly often it has been too dry and it has jut curled up it's leaves and died!!! So sad...hope yours continues to thrive!

3 Jul, 2010

 

I'm so sorry to hear about your Daphne, Karen! :~((
When I bought this one, I knew very little about it's likes and dislikes, they do say ignorance is bliss, don't they?lol! I have never had a problem with it. It is sat in a protected corner, at the back of my pergola, but I have had it for years now, and it really does well here, in fact, am sorely tempted to plant one in my Winter Garden area now, closer to the house, as we shut the Summer Garden down when the first frosts arrive. The perfume is unbelievable for such tiny flowers! Will see if I can find out some more info about them.

5 Jul, 2010

 

I'm familiar with this one! My parents grow loads of them. I love the scent, very sweet and lovely. I'll definitely get this one day~~!!!!

7 Jul, 2010

 

It is a great shrub, though it's tough that Karen lost hers.....

7 Jul, 2010

 

Indeed. The scent tells you that "spring is not far away." Wonderful shrub. Worth having one in your garden!!! Poor Karen lost hers; very sorry. According to an instruction (which I found online in Japanese), this plant hates being moved and often dies when you do so, therefore, you should be very careful when you choose the place. Best to plant around mid/March - mid/May (in England, maybe better a bit later, from April - May) in a sunny sheltered spot (it hates winds), but with no late afternoon sunlight. Soil: well drained, humous & rich soil. Ill-drained soil may cause root rot. Likes the warm weather (hates frosts), so if your place gets very cold in winter, better to keep it in a pot and move it indoors (in a sunny spot) over winter. xx

8 Jul, 2010

 

That is so interesting Tommy! This is a Winter/Spring flowering shrub, so am confused as to why it would it would be slightly frost tender?? Karen said she had moved her Daphne to a better spot, so maybe that is why it failed, it does have a lot of requirements! Mine just got plonked into a hole and left~and I had no insight to it's requirements, so guess I was just lucky!
Ignorance is bliss eh? LOL! Bless you for looking up the info and passing it on, you are an absolute star Tommy! :~))x

8 Jul, 2010

 

I looked up some more:
It's resistant to cold, but happier being in the place where it is free from frosts. Relatively easy to grow if you choose the right spot. You can plant it in the ground except in the cold regions such as Scotland. Don't move it (once it gets big / it is mature) - this is the iron rule! Buds appear in December and blooms end/March (in Japan). Plant longevity: about 30 years
So you were lucky enough to chose the right spot and soil by instinct!
Goddess of flower~~~ :)

8 Jul, 2010

 

Much more like pure luck than instinct Tommy LOL! Thank you for all the info, I would think that will help anyone thinking about the best location for this particular shrub! You have gone from a star to a diamond, Tommy! :~))

9 Jul, 2010

 

You are so kind :)

9 Jul, 2010

 

:~)))))x

9 Jul, 2010



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