Growing daffodils to use as a wonderful cut flower? Then you will want to know how long they can last in a vase once cut. Let’s have a look and find out!
I have found that daffodils from my cut flower bed tend to last around one to two weeks once cut and placed in a vase.
There are many things you can do to try and prolong this period so let’s have a look at some of the best methods below.
How To Make Your Cut Daffodils Last Longer
Here are some of the best ways I have found to keep my cut daffodils looking their best, these methods have been tried and tested and these are the ones I like best.
Cut When Budding
This is the single best way of prolonging your daffodil display, don’t cut the flowers when they are already fully open.
Instead, they should be cut when they are still in the budding stage. The reason for this is simple, if you cut a flower when it is already open then you have already lost time.
If instead, you cut it before it has opened you will be maximizing the amount of time it spends in flower in your vase.
Don’t Overfill With Water
Daffodils tend to turn the water they are in very murky very quickly, this is because of the sap released from the cut stem.
This water goes pretty nasty in a short space of time and can actually damage the stem of the plant if it is submerged in it.
That is why it is best to work with the little and often principle when dealing with water and cut daffodils. Just add a little water to their vase and replace it often.
Add Cut Flower Food
Adding a specialist cut flower feed to your vase will really help your flowers to last longer. There are lots of homemade recipes out there for cut plant food but from my testing, nothing works as well as the commercial stuff.
Speaking of homemade recipes let’s have a look at some of the things you can do to make your daffodils last longer without buying in feed.
I have tried lots of different options and these are the ones I have found work best.
- Baking Soda
- Copper Coin
Don’t ask me how the baking soda works, I’m sure there is some science behind it but I don’t know it. I was advised to try it and did so and it really seems to work. Just mix a teaspoon full into a large vase.
Bleach works by killing any bacteria that would otherwise grow in the water. This helps keep the water clear and your flowers in better shape. You only want to dilute a tiny amount into the vase so you don’t inadvertently harm your cut flowers.
A copper coin is another much-touted method that from my testing actually seems to work. Simply add one or two copper coins to the bottom of a vase and it seems to prevent the flowers from wilting early.