How to Propagate a Daphne Plant


Often mistaken for a type of flowering plant, the Daphne is a genus of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, and part of the plant family Thymelaeaceae, which is native to Asia, Europe and portions of northern Africa. While the Daphne can be quite lovely and produces flowers, these flowers do not produce petals but often are noted for their lovely scents. Caution should be taken with the Daphne, however, as their berries are poisonous to humans and animals.

Step 1

Cut away from an existing Daphne tree several stems that don't have bulbs, and remove the leaves.The best time to do this is mid-July through early fall. It is best to cut in the morning when the stems are at their most saturated point. Each of these stems should be no more that 6 inches in long. Do not cut the stems until just before you are ready to plant them again.

Step 2

Prepare a planting pot roughly 3/4 full with a nutrient-rich potting soil. A 10-10-10 blend of potting soil generally will work best. Moisten the soil thoroughly.

Step 3

Place the cut stems around the pot, leaving roughly 2 inches between each stem. Fill in the pot to just below the rim with more potting soil. Pack the soil lightly around the Daphne stems and moisten the soil again, packing it gently once more.

Step 4

Lock in the humidity by placing a large, clear plastic bag or a milk jug with its bottom cut out over the pot that holds the Daphne stems. The bag or jug will mimic the effects of greenhouse planting on a much smaller scale.

Step 5

Fertilize with a multi-purpose plant food once every other month. Water as needed to keep the soil moist. Allow the stems to root and grow to at least double their initial size before attempting to transplant them into an open garden area.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Garden shovel
  • Planting pot
  • Potting soil
  • Milk jug
  • Clear plastic bag


  • Plant propogation
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