Daphne that is dying

Barbara T
by Barbara T
i have had this plant for about 5 yrs. and all of a sudden leaves are wilting and turning brown help please there is another plant in the photos that is dying on the ends but it is old not sure what it is thx.
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  • Sheryl Johnson Sheryl Johnson on Apr 23, 2014
    I planted 4 Daphne ~ they were glorious for 5 years. One spring they just withered and died together. It's the nature of the plant to be short-lived. As much as I love them I'll not replant. Too expensive here in zone 5/6.
  • Elisabeth Moss Elisabeth Moss on Apr 30, 2014
    I'm not so sure I agree with the idea that Daphnie just "up and die" after about 5 years. We had one in a fairly protected area, receiving morning sun for at least 18 years, and then sold the house. One thing for sure, Daphnie don't do well without great drainage. In the Pacific Northwest that means amending the soil a lot! I started with a 1 gallon Daphnie and 4 buds. When I transplanted it I had over 120 buds and it was about 3' x 2'. It was transplanted in rather clay soil during the fall, and it died shortly thereafter. The second Daphnie I got was another 1 gallon size, but had 2 plants in it! I have had it for about 6 years now, and is currently in a large pot. It always has some leaf drop after blooming; leaves turn yellow and fall off. One advantage of keeping it in a pot is that I've been able to give it sun in the winter, and shade in the summer. They don't like to be moved much, and they'll let you know that. They also like to stay rather on the dry side during the summer. I absolutely LOVE this plant, and hope to have them to my dying day. They really are the harbinger of Spring, and the sweet scented flowers are a life saver....letting me know the rainy gray days won't last forever! Try them again, and I'm sure you'll be happy you did!