Daffodil Don’ts

by David Perry on April 11, 2010

in Facts and Lore,Growers,Trivia

. . . as explained by Jan Roozen, Choice Bulb Farms

Here is an informative little video, excerpted from a much longer discussion with our friend and flower farmer, Jan Roozen of Choice Bulb Farms on April 11, 2010.  Jan, who farms in the Skagit Valley of northwest Washington state, generously shares all manner of important flower knowledge with customers in his flower stall at the Ballard Farmer’s Market on Sundays. I suspect that some of you will already know this information, but for others it will be like a light bulb of recognition being switched on.  And for others yet, it may come as a complete surprise. Which is it for you?

Daffodil Don’ts

You simply cannot tap into this sort of time-tested knowledge just anywhere. Support your local flower growers and learn to see them for the magicians and repositories of knowledge that they truly are. And then take some of their stunning, seasonal flowers home with you to beautify your world.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Norman April 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Great interview and I love the music. Fantastic.

Barb Wallgren April 15, 2010 at 5:52 am

Good story….and true information.
I have used daffodils in mixed flower bouquets, but I cut the daffodils and leave them in a separate container to sit awhile. When I use them in an arrangement, I NEVER recut the stems of the daffodils and it works well. The other flowers do not die.

Robert Wallace March 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Very good information for a newbie in the cut flower business. I especially liked the soundtrack in the background for this video. The music gives it a sense of timelessness. Nice Job!

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Lovely post; not new info for me but so delightfully presented! I heard you should always snap daff stems and not cut them, so I follow that rule. (Some people can have a skin reaction from that toxic daffodil sap, so maybe that’s why they cut them). Though Jan did not say it, I think the fact that daffs are best presented by themselves is one of the reasons why we daff fanciers grow so many kinds. I also only grow white ones, and last fall added four double varieties which should open any day. Can’t wait to see what I have.

David Perry April 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

Linda, thank you for making time to offer such kind words and for adding to the knowledge base.

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