Grow Winter Daphne Shrubs for Early, Fragrant Blooms 

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) shrubs shine in winter with their early, fragrant blossoms. Evergreen bushes with delicate pink or white blossoms and a sweet smell.   

Give your Winter Daphne bush medium to full shade. In hotter places, these plants enjoy daytime shade. Winter Daphnes are water-sensitive, so drain the soil.  

1. Finding a Good Location

Spring or fall plantings of Winter Daphne plants establish roots before winter. Make a hole somewhat larger than the shrub's root ball and backfill with well- enriched earth. Make sure the root ball is soil-level.  

2. Planting Time/Method

Winter Daphnes like 6.0–7.0 pH. Add compost or peat moss for fertility and drainage.  

3. Soil specifications

Water new plants Winter Daphne shrubs to avoid waterlogging. Once developed, they are moderately drought-tolerant but need extra water in dry months. Mulch shrub bases to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.  

4. Watering and Moisture

After flowering, shape and remove dead or damaged Winter Daphne branches with mild pruning. These plants bloom on old wood, so avoid harsh cutting. A balanced spring fertilizer promotes growth and blooming. Use as directed by the manufacturer.  

5. Upkeep and Pruning

Protect cold-weather Winter Daphne bushes. Wrap the shrub base in burlap or frost cloth in extreme cold.  

6. Winter Cold Protection

Aphids and scale insects should be treated quickly. Winter Daphne shrubs resist most pests and diseases if maintained.  

7. Pests and Diseases

Winter Daphne shrubs bloom fragrantly in late winter to early April, when other plants are dormant. Cut some blossoms to bring indoors for fragrance.  

8. Enjoying Fragrant Blooms

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