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How-To: Extend the Life of Your Cut Daffodils

Spring is here! Daffodils are in bloom and ready for the picking. I just purchased two bunches of the sunny yellow flowers for only $3, and I'm intent on keeping them around as long as possible. Usually, the bouquets will wilt after about three days, but there are a few things you can do to make them last up to five.


  • When you're picking your daffodils, either from a grocery store or from the wild, avoid choosing any petals that look discolored or crumply, or have signs of translucency.
  • Before you put your flowers in a vase, hold the stems in bowl of water and trim off the bottom half inch of the stems. Then arrange as you see fit!

Read on for a few more helpful tips!

  • At night, cover your bouquet with a sheet of plastic wrap or a plastic bag and leave them in the refrigerator overnight. Just remember to remove them in the morning!
  • Keep your daffodils in a cool spot away from direct heat, be it the sun, stovetop, or your heaters.
  • Use cold water in your vase.
  • Put your daffodils in a vase of their own. Their stems have a compound that's toxic to other flowers.

Make a donation to American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days and a bouquet of 10 daffodil stems in a vase will be delivered to people with cancer in hospitals and treatment centers!

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