Rock Daphne - Knowledgebase Question

Washtucna, WA
Question by sage6
June 7, 2001
I bought two Rock Daphne plants. I planted one on a bank and one in a little more protected area. Neither one grew. I need to know just what kind of situation they need. Do they need shade, or sun, lots of water, little water, rich soil or sandy loam. We live in a desert type climate, and so I use a soaker hose system to water the flower beds. I am at a loss as to how to choose the placement for them. I love the plant and hope that it is possible to grow them in this area.
Thank you
Carey


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Answer from NGA
June 7, 2001

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Daphne can be pretty particular about soil pH and tend to sulk in alkaline soils. Provide a fast-draining soil amended with compost, leaf mold or peat moss. Daphne will flourish in full sun but tolerate partial shade. In your region, try providing some afternoon shade during the hottest part of the summer. The plants prefer a thorough, deep soaking followed by a short dry spell. Overwatering during the summer months will affect the blooms the folling spring. Too much water and poorly draining soils can cause root rot. For best bloom, apply enough water to thoroughly saturate the soil, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Following the above advice should help keep your daphne happy.

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