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Showing daffodils

If showing as part of the Daffodil Challenge, bring your exhibit along as grown in the original pot. If showing your daffodils in other classes, you may find the following notes helpful.

Daffodil blooms should be fresh, clean and free from nicks and tears. The flower should be at or near to a right angle to the stem. When showing more than one flower in an exhibit, the flowers should be of a similar size and arranged symmetrically e.g. if three flowers are shown, the centre flower should sit higher than the other two. Leaves of a daffodil plant enhance the appearance of the exbibit – use one leaf per flower with the leaf placed behind and slightly above the flower.

Daffodils can be cut up to a week ahead of the show date and kept in cold water in a cool dark environment. They can be brought into the warm and light a day or two before the show, so they are at their best on the show date. It is also helpful if you can have the petals of the perianth totally symmetrical. This can be achieved by very gently rotating/twisting (“clocking”) the stem at the rear of the flower so that the petals are in identical positions for each flower.

Ensure that your blooms are upright by using kitchen roll, newspaper or moss to pack out the vase. Remember that good staging always impresses the judge and an exhibit that “sits up and stares the judge in the face” is going to be noticed.