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Daphne in pot not growing

I have a small daphne ‘rubra’ on a sunny patio in a pot. Over the past two years it hasn’t grown at all. and has hardly any leaves, although it does flower. Any tips on making it healthier? Thank you!

Daphne is a plant that likes the soil to be well-drained but it also likes to root deeply and does not like like dry soil. It likes the soil to have plenty of humus and be crumbly and open, and cool.

Conditions in a pot tend to be dry, low in humus and hot. Plant it out in the open or, if this is not possible, place the pot in a spot where there is some nice cool shade, and don not neglect watering.