Daffodils Care Guide


If you want your daffodils to thrive, keep them in shallow water. Start by cutting the stems about an inch on a diagonal. The fresh cut opens the stem and ensures fresh water can move quickly to the blossom. Feel free to either keep the protective husks in place, or remove them - it's up to you. Fill a vase less than halfway with room-temperature water and dissolve the food packet that came with your arrangement. Daffodils have thick stems, so you'll want to cut them and change the water every two or three days. Keep them in a cool area of your home, away from heating vents and direct sunlight.

Daffodils' stems emit a toxic sap that can kill other flowers. To prevent this, place the freshly trimmed stems in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours before mixing them with other flowers. This way, the harmful substance will release into the water prior to combining the arrangement.

Sunny daffodils are the official flower of Wales. In fact, Welsh tradition claims that the first person to find a daffodil in the new year will receive more gold throughout the year. One of the first flowers to bloom each spring, daffodils evoke feelings of renewal and rebirth and, appropriately enough, it's March's birth flower.

Native to the Mediterranean coastline, daffodils came to United States along with the early settlers. It didn't take long for these cheerful blooms to become one of the most popular flowers in America. Daffodils have an array of different meanings, including hope; lasting friendship; inspiration and creativity; forgiveness; vitality; and self-awareness.

Because of its deep symbolism of hope, daffodils are also the official flower of the American Cancer Society. Daffodils are also the 10th anniversary flower.