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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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Athena123987 Athena123987 5 years
A hint I learned from my plant physiology professor: When you buy flowers, make sure the stems haven't been sitting out of water, and put some water from the containers in the bottom of those conical plastic flower-purchasing bags. Flower stems need to stay wet; the stems are like a bunch of little straws that suck the water up to the flowers and leaves, and if air bubbles get into any of the "straws" that part of the stem can't wick water up anymore. I've been getting my daffodils to last a whole week since I started doing this.
MandyWH MandyWH 5 years
Ahhh, just in time! I just had a beautiful bunch of these wilt waaay too soon and vowed not to let that happen again. Trader Joe's has them right now too, 10 stems for $1.29!
Home Home 5 years
Yep - definitely a Safeway purchase!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 5 years
me 3, Safeway's deal was awesome. I couldn't pass 20 stems for 3 :)
partysugar partysugar 5 years
I got some too!
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 5 years
I just bought some for $3 yesterday too! Thanks for the tip :)
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