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Flowers of Spring-The Sunny Daffodil

Nothing says spring better than the lovely sunny yellow Daffodil. One of the first flowers of spring to burst forth. Daffodils seem to be everywhere….I see them in landscapes, along the freeway and in almost every grocery store. And, they are really inexpensive! I bought some at Trader Joe’s for $1.29 per bunch of 10 stems. They make a very cheerful bouquet.

Daffodils and any flowers in the daffodil family (narcissi, paper whites, jonquils) will exude a gelatin substance when the stems are first cut. And, because they do that, you do NOT want to design with them for several hours, especially if you want to mix them with tulips. You should not mix daffodils with any other flowers for at least 3 hours. Once the sap has leached you can design and mix them with any other types of flowers, even if you recut them, without causing harm to the other flowers.

As with all flowers, strip any foliage that will fall below the water line. There is special flower food for bulb flowers, but you probably won’t be able to buy it. So, go ahead and use the standard floral food unless you can find the specific bulb flower good. These spring flowers experience hormone imbalances that a bulb flower food can correct, but second best is the normal flower food which can’t help with the hormone imbalance but does help with the bactericides, with limit the growth of harmful stem plugging microbes.

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