Narcissus: today is yellow
Put a sizeable bunch of Narcissus in a pot and you’ll think that spring has arrived. Or try going out of the box with three or four different varieties of Narcissus, one of which has a strong scent. It is possible to combine daffodils with other flowers, despite the slime. Go wild with daffodils.
The Latin name of the daffodil (Narcissus) refers to a story in Greek mythology in which Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection in the water. Slowly he wastes away and dies. A daffodil bloomed at the place where he was last seen. If you want to see daffodils in the wild, have a look in Spain and Portugal.
Long live the daffodil
Daffodils are available from early January to April. A characteristic of the daffodil is the release of slime, which can decrease the vase life of other flowers. You can still successfully combine the daffodil with other flowers. Choose one of the following solutions.
- Use the special Narcissus cut-flower nutrient. This cut-flower nutrient neutralises the damaging effect of Narcissus slime in mixed bouquets. Moreover, it improves water absorption and extends vase life. You have to order this special cut-flower nutrient, but there is a good reason to do so. It works well.
- Do not cut (dry) Narcissuses. Then you can simply combine them with other flowers.
- If you want to use Narcissuses in a bouquet, you almost always have to cut the flowers. If time permits, you can cut-off the Narcissuses and leave them in a vase with clean water to leak out (the concentration of damaging slime will then be reduced). You can then arrange them in a bouquet. Of course, you should not cut them again…
- Combine the Narcissus with flowers, leaves or branches that are not affected by the Narcissus slime. Gagel, Hypericum or blossom branches, for example. As a florist, you can create a combination that is mutually supportable. If you have any doubts, you should then add the special Narcissus cut-flower nutrient to be sure (see tip 1).