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Flower of the Month

Narcissus care tips

For many western societies the Narcissus (also known as Daffodil), our Flower of the Month for March, is a symbol for vanity. This also explains the term narcissism. The Narcissus is part of the Amaryllidaceae family and there are approximately thirty different species. The flower is most commonly available in two colours: white and yellow, but more and more colours are becoming available through the breeding of new species.

The Narcissus is known for its negative influence on other cut flowers. It secretes slime that poisons the rest of the bouquet. The slime contains compounds that are toxic to many other flowers. In many cases, the effects are less dramatic, but by no means may they be underestimated. The negative effects can be prevented by using a special cut flower food that breaks down the slime (Chrysal Clear Narcissus flower food). Usage of this flower food allows the flowers to be mixed directly without having to be put in separate containers overnight.

Narcissus care tips

To keep your Narcissus (and the flowers you combine them with) beautiful the longest, we have put together the following list of care tips.

  • Give special Narcissus food to your customers when you combine daffodils or hyacinths with other flowers. 
  • Always use a correctly dosed conditioning product in the buckets/vases.
  • An alternative method for mixing the Narcissus with other flowers involves keeping the freshly cut Narcissus seperate from the other flowers for a couple of hours, before combining them in a single bouquet. The flower will then no longer secrete its destructive poisonous slime.
  • Work very hygienically.