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Daphne cuttings?

debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,203
Just got back from GC with daughter who was seduced by the scent into buying a gorgeous Daphne everlasting scent. It cost £25 so really hoping to take some cuttings any advice gratefully received. Also bought an Abelia, never tried it before but couldn't resist so any advice on care of either of theses lovely shrubs! 

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,444
    I suppose you mean you bought an "eternal fragrance" cultivar. There is are white and  pink varieties. Which one did you get?
    You might be interested in this older thread on the topic at https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/663026/daphne/
    I am personally delighted with my own specimen, which right now is in full bloom (again!). See http://www.rezeau.org/wp-garden/en/daphne-x-transatlantica-eternal-fragrance-2/
    I have not tried cuttings yet.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,203
    Probably but it was labelled everlasting scent maybe they thought eternal fragrance was too difficult to understand? It's a very pale pink and in a 2 litre pot I think it was very reasonably priced but it's a big investment for her as a new gardener with her first home so wanted to take a few cuttings just in case. Have tried 3 in water but apparently it hates to be pruned so I may pop one into soil just in case. 
    Its gorgeous and the scent is amazing I may be tempted to a white one come payday! 
  • We have an Abelia which is currently in flower, the scent that it gives off is fantastic, it is a great favourite of all the insects, especially in the evening when the scent is stronger.  Ours is at least 16 years old - it was here when we moved in and is about 6ft tall.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,203
    Not seen them before but both my daughter and I bought an abelia mine will be in a pot of course but she wants hers in her new bed we are planning this autumn. Any tips to keep it healthy? She is new to gardening so want it to be a success! 
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    Debs try this method. 

    Just ignore his occasional fruity language.😉
    He does move on to the daphne propagation after a minute of general musing.
    This worked for me for a Choysia White Dazzler.
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    This video shows his success with layering into a pot.

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,444
    lilysilly said:
    Debs try this method. [...]
    He does move on to the daphne propagation after a minute of general musing.
    This worked for me for a Choysia White Dazzler.
    Very interesting method, I might give it a try.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Papi Jo said:
    lilysilly said:
    Debs try this method. [...]
    He does move on to the daphne propagation after a minute of general musing.
    This worked for me for a Choysia White Dazzler.
    Very interesting method, I might give it a try.
    Me too.  I always hesitate when doing anything to daphnes as they can be 'touchy' about disturbance, especially of their roots (I lost 'Eternal fragrance' by planting bulbs too close) but I've had also dieback after pruning on more common types.  I noticed how careful he was when exposing the roots of the cuttings and put them down very, very gently on the bench.  Not a shrub to 'tease out' the roots of when planting a potted specimen, I suspect!
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,203
    Will definitely give this a try. Be ideal for other plants too. Very impressed with the hormone rooting powder it made a big difference I thought
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