We’ve all bought a beautiful bunch of daffodils to brighten a room and bring a hint of spring into the house, but how many of us have been disappointed when they last only a day or two or when other flowers we put them with die?
One important fact to know about daffodils and other types of narcissi is that they exude a poisonous sap, which is responsible for blocking the flowers stems so they can’t take up water.
But if you follow these simple tips you can enjoy a long lasting display of daffodils and put them with other spring flowers without causing any harm.
Recut the stems of the daffodils to the final length you want for your arrangement.
Put them in cold water (spring bulb flowers prefer cold to tepid water) with some cut flower food and leave for between 6 and 12 hours.
The sap will now have stopped flowing and the daffodils can be placed in their final arrangement or in a vase on their own. Make sure you don’t recut the stems though. Daffodils don’t like being in deep water, just 8 to 10cm will be sufficient.
Remember to change the water in your vase regularly to keep bacteria at bay and ensure the longevity of your display.