The winter daphne produces fragrant blossoms in late winter for those gardeners who’ve learned how to get winter daphnes to bloom. The right care for winter daphne encourages the fragrant blooms, as does growing winter daphne in the right spot.

Botanically called Daphne odora, pink buds emerge in February to March, becoming clusters of fragrant, tubular blooms. The shrub reaches no more than 4 feet in height and usually grows to just 3 feet high and the same in width.

Sparsely branched, winter daphne is open and airy. The foliage is shiny green, simple and attractive. The cultivar ‘Marginata’ has yellow bands around the glossy leaves.

Growing Winter Daphne

Caring for winter daphne involves planting in well-draining soils. Their roots can rot when planted in soggy and poorly draining soil.

In addition, plant daphne in slightly elevated garden beds amended with compost and humus-type materials such as coarse bark. Locate in an area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade or in an area of dappled shade.

If you can get the winter daphne plant care right, you will receive a great winter bloom. Be careful not to prune back too deeply, in that it is a detriment to the healthy growth of daphne plants. Prune daphne lightly and only as needed. Pruning involves removing long branches at a node, without cutting into the main stem of the plant.

Infrequent watering is a part of daphne plant care, especially during hot, dry summer days. Beware of overwatering. Finally, fertilize the daphne plant with a balanced fertilizer designed for shrubs only when blooms are finished.

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