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Question: I purchased a winter dadne (Daphne O. Marginata). I planted it in a pot thiinking I would place it near a door for its fragrance. But it looks pretty sad, it hasn't

Answer: Your winter daphne will flower in February so be patient. These plants resent being transplanted so I think that might be why it is just sitting there and sulking. It will adjust and you'll see healthy new growth once it has recovered from the move. Daphne's grow best in fertile, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. It needs excellent drainage, but doesn't tolerate dry soil. Just keep giving yours good care and it should perk up. It will produce new growth next spring. At that time you can give it an all-over trim which should force new growth toward the center of the plant (so it won't look leggy) and also help it fill out all over.

Enjoy your daphne!

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