We are planting a daphne marginata from its container this week, would like...

Asked February 3, 2020, 5:13 PM EST

We are planting a daphne marginata from its container this week, would like to know the recommended ratio of:
N-P-K mixture and should lime be added also?
jack

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

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For planting woody landscape plants like Daphne, make sure to incorporate compost into the planting area as a whole. For a one gallon plant, for example, you might spread compost over an area four feet by four feet and incorporate it into the soil. Then dig your planing hole in the amended area.

These steps encourage rapid establishment of the root system this spring.

If you follow the steps above, fertilizer is not necessary for woody shrubs like Daphne. If you still want to add a small amount of fertilizer, choose a balanced fertilizer like 5-5-5 or 15-15-15. Follow the instructions on the package to determine how much to apply. Lime is not needed in this situation.

Good luck!