Daffodil

"unrequited love", "chivalry", "new beginnings", "good fortune"

Known as Earlycheer, Erlicheer, Jonquil, Paperwhite, Trumpet flower and Lent Lily

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Species

Narcissus hybrids, Narcissus jonquilla, Narcissus tazzetta (paperwhite)

Colors

white, yellow, cream, orange, pink

Origin

Southern Europe (Mediterranean)

Grower Recommendations

Daffodils are ethylene sensitive. They benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc Technology. To protect flowers from ethylene damage, treat them as immediately after harvest. After cutting, place carnation stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 for 1 hr. (or up to overnight at 34 - 38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment products. Please contact Floralife for specifics.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

Ask: Variety name. Different varieties have different flower qualities. Learn the varieties that work best at your location.

Avoid: Flowers that are fully open; those with petals that are shriveled or look transparent; stems with dry ends.

Look for: Buds no longer completely upright, in between the “pencil stage” (straight up) and the “gooseneck stage” (flower bent); membranes around buds should be open and color clearly visible.

Processing:

Unpack immediately.  Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems.

Pretreatment:

If the daffodils have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them as soon as possible with EthylBloc. Or if daffodils have been treated with an anti-ethylene product, use HydraFlor® 100 to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening and decrease flower wilting. It also keeps flower stems free flowing.

There are two Floralife 100 products to consider:

1.) HydraFlor® 100: A concentrate, generally recommended for maximum results, especially with hard-to-hydrate flowers like roses. The treatment is usually for one half hour at room temperature.

2.) Quick Dip 100: A ready-to-use version that requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable for use in retail flower shops.

Holding Solution:

Use fresh flower food at the recommended rate: Use Flower Food 300, 200, Clear 200, or Clear ULTRA 200 storage and transport treatments, or depending on water test results, Special Blend 300 for Hard Water or for Pure Water.

To have water tested, send a plastic quart bottle of your water to:

Floralife  |  751 Thunderbolt Drive  |  Walterboro, SC 29488  |  Attn: Laboratory.

NOTE: Do not initially hold daffodils in the same bucket as other flowers, especially tulips, due to a sappy secretion from fresh cut stems. Allow flowers to stand in solution by themselves at least 6 hours after recutting. Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 if flowers are limp) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.

Storage:

Place Daffodils in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity.

Cleaning:

Use D.C.D.® Cleaner Solution to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.C.D.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.

Customer Satisfaction:

Always give a packet of a Floralife Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.

Troubleshooting:


Problem Reason/Solution

Buds fail to open

May be due to insufficient solution uptake. Recut stems under water, use Quick Dip 100 or HydraFlor® 100 followed by a holding solution of a properly mixed Floralife Flower Food.

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