Daphne loves soil that is rich in organic materials but low in lime (they do not like alkaline soil with a high pH; their preference is neutral soil). Locate a shaded location with wet, well-drained soil. This is crucial since they loathe having damp feet. They require regular watering during the dry season but can handle drought as long as there's still some water available when needed.
Daphnes love trees and will usually grow in clusters near roads or paths. They are able to spread out over time as they become more established, but initially they want to be close together so they don't lose each other in case of danger. However, don't worry about them being away from home for too long, since they will always send up new shoots if any part of the plant is damaged.
Daphnes are very resistant to pests and diseases, which makes them perfect for growing in community gardens. They have an aromatic scent that many people find pleasant, but it can also be slightly stinky if they get infected by pathogens.
In the right environment, Daphnes will bloom continuously for months at a time. Each flower has five petals that fall off after pollination, revealing a green stigma with two spots inside it. The petals look similar to those of delphiniums but are actually larger. The flowers are generally pink or red but come in various colors such as white, blue, and purple.
A Field Manual They also don't like dry or acidic soil (don't put coffee grounds beneath them). A happy daphne, on the other hand, will repay you with a hauntingly exquisite aroma every time you walk by. There are several varieties of daphne, but all have large, showy flowers in shades of pink, red, and white. Some types can grow as tall as 10 feet while others stay relatively small. All require at least some sun to do well and most prefer it hot. Daphnes were originally used as ornamental plants for their colorful blooms, but they're now known for their medicinal properties too.
As far as using coffee grounds as fertilizer, this depends on how fresh the coffee is. If the beans have been sitting around for awhile then they may begin to emit chemicals that will harm the daphne. However, if the coffee has just been brewed then there should be no problem provided you don't overdo it. Be sure to dilute any excesses with some dirt from one of its natural habitats. You could even try putting a few drops of coffee oil into the water if you have some on hand. This will give your flower bed some added protection against insects while still allowing the beneficial organisms needed for its health to flourish.
They thrive in light shade to full sun. Moisture in the roots is essential for healthy development. The soil must be free-draining while also receiving a sufficient quantity of water. Daphne will not tolerate wet soil. If the plants become leggy (tall and thin) cut them back to encourage new growth.
Daphnes are popular as ground cover, border plants, or filler plants. They provide color early in the season before other flowers appear and they continue to bloom into late fall. The spiky green foliage helps reduce erosion by holding on to soil and preventing it from blowing away. Use scissors to remove any dead or diseased parts from the plant.
Daphnes make excellent container plants. There are several varieties with different colors, shapes, and sizes available. These include: 'Apricot King', 'Belle de Fontenay', 'Bishop's Cope', 'Chocolate Chip', 'Countess Collinson', 'Emperor Francis Joseph', 'Euganean Hills', 'First Class', 'Glory of Darjeeling', 'Honey de Darjeeling', 'Imperial Star', 'Jumbo Dwarf'.
These hardy plants require little maintenance other than watering during dry periods. If your containers develop root systems, you may have to feed them every other year.
Reduce watering in the summer to encourage more flowers. Daphne prefers moist soil over wet dirt and tolerates brief periods of drought far better than wet feet. Spray the plant with 20g of Epsom salts mixed with one litre of water to correct. Keep the soil around the roots clear of any debris as this will help drainage.
Daphne is easy to grow from seed which can be sown directly into a sunny spot in the garden after all danger of frost has gone. When you bring it into your house, place it in a cool, dark area or under a window until it germinates. Then transfer it into a flower pot filled with rich compost and keep on an average temperature of 60F/15C. You can also start plants from cuttings taken during spring or early summer. Just remove some healthy shoots from the parent plant and insert them into a bowl of sand or perlite. Add some fertilizer and keep warm in a greenhouse or grow light in winter. When the new plants reach about 12 inches high, transfer them into a flowerpot filled with soil. Set the pots in a location where they will get full sun but not direct heat from the sun. Water regularly and feed every other month with a high-nitrogen fertilizer such as cottonseed meal or chicken manure.
Daphne produces yellow flowers in late spring before any leaves appear on the stem.