Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

Is Jaqueline Postil suitable for container growing?



Hello, 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.



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 underneath



Hello, I would not recommend this for shallow soils as they can get quite large and they do like to have a generous root run.



Hello Is it possible to propagate Dapne bholua “Jacqueline Postill” from cuttings? Thanks



Hello, This Daphne is usually propagated by grafting or micropropagation as cuttings do not usually take.



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 Terry

Terry Allum

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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. Gillian

Gillian Armstrong


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 Doctor


Gillian Armstrong

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 Doctor


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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.


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How big is your Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’? I’m wondering how big your Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ are… 2007-02-28

These are sold in a 2lt pot and will be around 30cm tall.



What soil does my Daphne need? Please could you tell me if the Daphne needs an acid soil?

Diane George


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.



This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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 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

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

A lovely spring flowering species Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ has lovely fragrant pink flowers in spring. The flowers of this daphne are quite large with a strong pink colour. Theis a species from Nepal and ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is a seedling from the variety D. bholua ‘Gurkha’.

Semi evergreen, in cooler climates it will lose a fair amount of foliage in winter to be sparked back to life in early spring. One of the fastet growing daphnes this variety makes an excellent plant for small gardens where a little height is required.

We would not regard the fragrance as being as strong as D.odora, however the flowers do appear in profusion on tall stems, and these stems can be cut for indoors.

Although this plant is from Nepal, it is from the foothills, usually from heights of 5000 ft, and these areas do not recieve the freezing winters of the northern USDA zones. The concept of ‘semi deciduous’ simply means that Daphne. ‘Jacqueline Postill’ will lose folaige in accordance to the coldness of the winter. In very cold zones it will need protection during winter.


Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ will grow to 4 – ft and has a fairly upright habit. Dappled shade in a humus rich moist but free draining soil is best.

  • Excellent for dappled shade.
  • Try a humus rich moist but free draining soil.
  • Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilizer
  • Pruning is generally not required if tip pruned on a regular basis.
  • You can cut stems for indoor flowers, however only prune when the plantis in active growth. If pruned at other times dieback may be a problem.

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