“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
– William Wordsworth
Daffodils are a sure sign of spring and are a great pop of colour after the darker months we’ve had. Once you’ve done a bit of planning ahead and planted your daffodils between September and November, you’re sure to spot these cheerful guys in bloom soon. Whether indoors or out in the garden, here are some tips for caring for your daffodils:
- If planting your daffodils indoors, you will need to use a cold treatment to help them grow. After the cold treatment, they can be moved to a warmer location, by a sunny window. Just make sure to rotate the pot daily so that they all get an even coverage.
- Once your indoor daffodils have bloomed, move them out of direct sunlight to prolong their life.
- For your outdoor flowers, water late-flowering daffodils in dry spring weather as they will die in very dry conditions.
- After they bloom in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off. This will give them time after blooming to build up energy in the bulbs for the next year.
- When cut, daffodils should be kept alone in a vase, as their stems secrete a fluid that promotes the wilting of other flowers.
- If you do combine them, soak them by themselves for as long as possible, then rinse them and add them to the arrangement last.