Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: January and February
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Clusters of small, sweetly scented, deep pink buds open in January and February and are followed by rounded, purple-black berries. This choice deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub thrives in a sunny, sheltered position. This plant is very hard to propagate and slow growing, but well worth the patience and investment. Try it in a mixed or winter border or next to a path where its fragrance can be appreciated. Strongly upright in habit, it looks wonderful under-planted with a carpet of magenta or white Cyclamen coum.
- Garden care: Keep pruning to a minimum since the plant is very susceptible to die-back. Where necessary after flowering, lightly trim back to remove misplaced branches and maintain a compact habit.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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A good specimen, although a bit on the small side - but I think that that is fairly standard for this daphne - which is difficult to propogate, and not fast growing. We repotted and brought it on in a bigger pot - it has more than doubled in size during the growing season. Very healthy plant. This plant is not cheap, but well worth it for the exquisite fragrance - we specifically wanted this daphne having seen/smelled it at the RHS garden in Wisley. Really excellent, particularly when planted by a walkway/entrance.
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Q:Is Jaqueline Postil suitable for container growing?Asked on 10/2/2017 by Bikerboy from Kent
It is possible to grow this in a large pot for a couple of years, provided it is kept well fed and watered, however it would much prefer being planted out in the ground.Answered on 13/2/2017 by Helen from crocus
Q:what depth of soil is the minimum Jacqueline Postill can survive in? have a perfectly aspected border but quite shallow soil - cannot dig out as drains run underneathAsked on 11/5/2016 by Vicky from London
I would not recommend this for shallow soils as they can get quite large and they do like to have a generous root run.Answered on 12/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
Is it possible to propagate Dapne bholua "Jacqueline Postill" from cuttings?
ThanksAsked on 24/6/2014 by Plant-How
This Daphne is usually propagated by grafting or micropropagation as cuttings do not usually take.Answered on 26/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill
Hi I bought a Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' from you last Autumn. It is planted in a large pot which is positioned in a sunny spot. The leaves sometimes turn yellow and fall off leaving gaps on the stem. Can you help me- I have to grow all my plants in pots. GillianAsked on 8/9/2009 by Gillian Armstrong
A:Hi Helen Could you advise what would be the best conditions? Should I try to take it out of the pot? if so when? Thank you for your help.Answered on 21/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Gill, If there are a lot of leaves turning yellow, then this is usually a sign that the plants is stressed in some way. This can be caused by too much or too little water, too much fertiliser or other chemicals in the soil. I'm afraid I would not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of your leaf yellowing, but if you can alter the growing conditions, then you should gradually see an improvement. If however it is just the odd leaf, then this is completely normal as it will shed older leaves when new grow replaces it (it is just like us with our hair) I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Gill, These plants will thrive in full sun or partial shade i moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil. I am not sure what size pot you have it in, but perhaps it needs a larger one filled with John Innes No 2 compost. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/10/2009 by Gillian Armstrong
Q:How big is your Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'?
I'm wondering how big your Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' are...Asked on 28/2/2007 by email@example.com
A:These are sold in a 2lt pot and will be around 30cm tall.Answered on 28/2/2007 by Crocus
Q:What soil does my Daphne need?
Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?Asked on 3/11/2004 by Diane George
A:All Daphnes prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline to slightly acid. They also like their roots to be kept cool so its a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with leaf mould.Answered on 4/11/2004 by Crocus
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