April Flower Of The Month:
Vibrant yellow daffodils are a Spring staple. You can’t help but smile when you come across these fully bloomed flowering perennials. Daffodils symbolize friendship and new beginnings. Find out more about these lovely Spring blooms below!
Native To: Northern Europe grown in temperate climates around the world.
In The Wild: Daffodils can be found on lawn edges, fields, or meadows.
Daffodils can last up to 10 days as a cut flower! They last longer when they are separated from other cut stems due to the sap they exude. You should always give your daffodils a fresh cut if you take them out of their water source. Always rinse out your container and replenish with fresh water before placing them back in.
Daffodils in a vase:
Refresh your container with fresh cold water every 2 days. Every time you take your stems out of water be sure to cut each stem at a 45-degree angle. When cutting your stems, only cut about a 1/2 an inch off to maintain their length. Cutting your stems will allow your daffodils to continue to drink.
Daffodils in Foam:
When you have daffodils designed in floral foam, never take your stems out! You can refresh the water by filling your container up with cold water anytime the foam is dry to the touch. The foam will absorb the water it needs.
With both vase and foam arrangements, always make sure you are placing them in a dark, cool location in your home. Placing them in direct sunlight or near a warm environment will decrease their lifespan.
Growing in your garden:
These Spring flowers are among the earliest to be planted, they are meant to be planted in the Fall so that they will bloom at the end of the Winter season, through early Springtime. South Florida is a difficult spot to grow daffodils, or anywhere the climate is too hot or wet, sometimes you can get a small blooming season in other parts of Florida. They are susceptible to root rot, which is why you should avoid planting them anywhere that will get excessive amounts of rain. You will see them planted between bushes and in a location where they will receive ample sunlight. Each daffodil should have at least 3-6 inches between each other to avoid over-crowding. Allow your flowers to grow and die off before cutting them and they will be good to go for next years blooming season!
Symbolism and Fun Facts
Daffodils represent the March birth flower.
Their scientific name is Narcissus.
Jonquils are a specific type of Narcissus that have small clustered blooms.
There are 25 daffodil species with over 13,000 hybrids.
These flowers regenerate year after year.
Daffodils are poisonous due to the crystals in the bulbs and leaves so avoid having them in reach of children and pets.
This flower is not a state flower for any of the 50 US states.