DAFFODIL CARE AND PRESERVATION
BY GEORGE EDGAR
13, 2005, is Daffodil Sunday for the American Cancer Society. Be sure to
purchase your spring flowers and support the research to find a cure for
these beautiful spring flowers when you get home, cut off at least 2
inches of the stem, under water. (You
donít have to be under water, just the stems.)
Leave the stems in this water for 15 to 30 minutes to re-hydrate
the flowers then place in a vase with fresh water. Add a preservative if
you have it. Replace the water every 2 to 3 days. Do not place the
flowers in direct sunlight and they will last longer.
Most people do
not realize that daffodils are unique in that they give off a toxic
chemical in the water when they are cut that will harm other plants if
they are cut or even placed in the same water. Therefore, be sure and
dispose of this water after plants are re-hydrated. However, once the
daffodils are re-hydrated they may be put in an arrangement with other
flowers with no problem.
Gladys and I
are cancer survivors. During a routine PSA test, and after a biopsy, it
was determined that I had prostate cancer. It was caught in a very early
stage. I had 36 radiation
treatments and did not miss a day of work. I would leave my office in Omaha and drive the 60 miles to
BryanLGH West Hospital, have my treatment, and go home for supper.
The next morning I would drive to Omaha. I have had no problems
and my regular PSA test has stayed about 1.0 now for over almost 12
My daughter was
not as fortunate. She died at age 37 from a brain tumor. I hope the American Cancer Society is able to find a cure so
that granddaughters do not have to grow up without a mother.
Buy a bouquet of daffodils this weekend and support the American Cancer Society. Then take good care of your flowers, and of yourself, so both live a long, healthy and beautiful life!!!
Mar. 12, 2005