Don’s Expert Answers: Have a healthy daphne but flower buds will not open

Question From:
Phyllis Cheney in Bellara, Bribie island Queensland

Nature of problem:
Have a healthy daphne but flower buds will not open

Type of Plant (if known):

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Buds not opening

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Sandy well drain soil

How often do you water the plant:
Twice a week more if needed

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
8 hrs morning sun then part shade

How long since you planted it:
Two years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In the ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
The daphne looks healthy has new growth buds appear but don’t open it is growing partly under a tree fern which protects it from the afternoon sun

Hi Phyllis, Daphnes are cold climate plants, so Bribie Island would be their idea of hell. They are unreliable in coastal Qld. Your best hope is to grow your daphne in a pot with Osmocote premium potting mix. Even then, success is a 50/50 matter. Have fun trying, but do realise that it is a challenge. Don