Problem: All bulb flowers in the narcissus family (e.g. Daffodils, jonquils) exude a sap that can clog stems of other flowers if they are not conditioned properly.
Solution: If you do the following steps, you can arrange Daffodils with other flowers:
- As will all bulb flowers, the temperature of the conditioning water should be cool and not warm (unless you want the flowers to open quickly)
- Use professional floral food for best results and cut the stems at least ½ inch before placing them in a clean container with the cool water and proper amount of floral food (follow manufacturer’s instructions)
- Condition the Daffodils for at least SIX hours before arranging them
- Do NOT re-cut the stems after conditioning before you put them in the final arrangement or the sap will leak out again and hurt the other flowers
- Bulb flowers prefer shallow water; if they are placed in deep water, the stems can get water logged and shrivel up and the petals will get papery
- For best results – only mix narcissus flowers with other types of flowers in floral foam arrangements and not in vase arrangements to lesson the chance of the sap getting into the vase water