Bring the Sunshine: What to do with daffodils after flowering

March 24, 2023

As Spring symbols go, you can’t get much more symbolic than a beaming bunch of yellow daffodils. Daffodils are a bright and beautiful addition to any space, helping you add a little sunshine to your home when you need it most. Daffodils are also super easy to look after, but there a still a few tips and tricks you’ll need to help them be at their best. In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the top tips and tricks you’ll need to keep your daffodils vibrant this Spring.

Avoid daffodil blindness

What is daffodil blindness? It’s a common question, with a simple answer! Daffodil blindness is when the plant grows without flowering, despite the leaves and stems maintaining their health. Suffice it to stay, nobody wants that. This blindness can occur after a few years of flowering, attributed to soil conditions, pests or diseases. There are numerous ways to avoid daffodil blindness, including choosing better quality bulbs and planting them deeper. On top of that, the following tips will also help you cultivate a better crop of blooming daffodils in the coming years.

Water generously when blooms appear

While your daffodils are blooming, the flowers will only need watering one inch of water a week, but when dormant (and just after planting), always make sure to keep the soil watered well to eradicate any air pockets. Daffodils require a good drainage system in order to thrive, so this should always be kept in mind throughout the year. If you have a bouquet or container of daffodils, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, by watering more consistently throughout the growing season.

Remove blooms when they fade

This one is a must if you have your eye on next year. To enhance flowering for next year, we recommend snipping daffodil blooms as soon as they start to fade. If this isn’t done, the daffodil bulbs will be forced to put unnecessary energy into creating seeds, impacting their capacity to bloom next year. 

Let the leaves lay

While snipping fading flowers is crucial, you should only remove the bloom and stem. Leaves are crucial for both short and long-term survival, soaking up the sun and transforming them into those gorgeous yellow hues. If foliage is removed too early, you’ll stunt the bulbs and lower the chances of flowering next year. In fact, leaves should be left to lay for around six weeks, until they’ve started turning yellow.

Explore the Flower Studio Spring Flower collection today

At The Flower Studio, we have a wide range of dazzling spring flowers to add to your home, including the highest quality daffodils. Our stunning Spring Dancing Bloom Bottles will brighten up any dreary window sill or table, while our Narcissi Bulbs in whetstone pots offer up surprise colours during blooming. Have a browse through our collection today to find an arrangement that suits your tastes.

Reliable, easy and undeniably gorgeous – daffodils genuinely are one of the highlights of Spring. Are you interested in adding some daffodils to a bespoke bouquet? Don’t hesitate to chat with one of our professional florists through our contact page, who would love to help out.