Well the results are in for daffodils in snow and this applies to about 5 inches of very heavy wet snow and night temperatures in the 20’s. As you can see by my picture the daffodils in snow didn’t do too well. I am talking about the flowers. The greenery survived fine. The leaves will be able to do their job with the sun and photosynthesis to make food for the bulbs. We will be OK next year as long as we don’t have this freaky weather again.
Daffodils in Snow?? What to Do?
If you have a heads up about snow coming, you can make an informed decision about what to do with your flowers. I kept picking my flowers and enjoying them in the house. We had a least 7 canning jars filled with daffodils around my house. They were very beautiful and uplifting to look at! But there were still many more in the garden. I am glad I left them in the garden. Even though the flowers were damaged they are still popping up and waving in the wind. They are still adding a burst of color to my garden even though they are not perfect.
I’m really glad that I brought so many into the house though! It is a personal decision. The status of your daffodils after enduring cold snowy winter weather might be different than mine. They could be a different variety that would hold up better or worse than mine. So it is best to experiment. Bring some in to enjoy and then note temperatures at night and see how they survive. You can also do the ultimate experiment and leave some out in a snow storm to see how they hold up. Then you will know what your daffodils can endure and still be a delight to you. They definitely don’t last as long in the house.
See my other posts on Daffodils:
Daffodils and Freezing Cold Weather
Brown Tips on Daffodil Leaves
After several nights in the low 20’s I am learning about frozen daffodils! Please see my last post, Daffodils and Freezing Cold Weather, on the beginnings of this learning experience. No one wants frozen daffodils! They are one of the first flowers to emerge after winter. I watch expectantly, as many people do, as I see them push up through the earth in the late winter. Daffodils are one of the first breaths of spring. This year we thought we were done with cold weather. I even contemplated planting my Sugar Snap Peas early because the extended forecast didn’t include any freezing weather. So much for that extended forecast. We have had several nights in the low 20’s with a big snowstorm. And then after that we have 2-3 nights expected to be in the teens.
What I Am Learning About Frozen Daffodils
So far none of my daffodils have frozen in temperatures in the low 20’s at night. They are extremely hardy. But they do take a beating from the freezing temperatures. Some daffodils are actually on the ground after a freezing night. During the next day they mostly rejuvenate and spring back to life off the ground. I’ve been watching carefully:
- If they don’t spring back to life during the day
- if they stay very close to the ground during the day
- or if their stem actually gets a bend in it
I have been cutting them before the next cold night. The flowers have been fine. I have several canning jars containing beautiful daffodils around my house. Basically this is a science experiment to see how much cold it takes before they become frozen daffodils. You can do your own experiments to see how your type of daffodils do in the freezing weather. I’m sure the different kinds of daffodils respond differently to cold temperatures.
Advice on Daffodils and Snow
Last night, March 13th, we had a very late snowstorm. We were supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow. The predictions actually varied greatly. What we did get is about 4 inches of very heavy wet snow. I left a lot of daffodils outside to see how they would fare. They didn’t do so well. I think the wet heavy snow did them in.
The heavy wet snow damaged a lot of the flowers. I would recommend that if you are going to have:
- a late snow
- that is substantial meaning several inches
- and it is heavy and wet
- and your daffodils are already in bloom
cut as many as you want and bring them into the house to enjoy.
Enjoy Your Daffodils in the House If it is Too Cold Outside
If you are going to have very cold nights, that is the low 20’s, cut some daffodils to enjoy in the house. Leave some outside to see how they do. If they are on the ground in the morning they might recover during the day. If you want just cut them and bring them indoors so you can still enjoy their beauty and brilliance! It is amazing how many daffodils can grow in a small patch. We have so many in our house and there are still a lot outside! I wish I would have counted them. Good luck with your daffodils and enjoy the spring soon to be here!
What is going to happen with my daffodils and freezing cold weather? Our weather is so sporadic. February days of soft balmy 75 degrees speeds up the flowering of the daffodils. And then freezing cold nights in the lower 20’s. Last year I wrote about brown tips on daffodils caused by similar sporadic weather; warm days in January getting the daffodils growing maybe a little earlier than usual. And then very cold weather at night which damages the tips on the daffodil leaves. See my post on brown tips on daffodil leaves to see that there wasn’t any damage to the daffodil flowers!
Each year is an experiment to see what plants can survive freezing temperatures. Sugar snap peas can survive light frosts that will totally kill green beans. My crocuses just survived 2 nights in the low 20’s but they are usually emerging in the snow. I am very curious how the crocus flower can survive such cold temperatures. The flower looks so soft and delicate but it is tough!
Can Daffodils and Freezing Cold Weather Still Produce Flowers
The daffodils are starting to bloom after some very warm days that we had this spring. Then BAM! we have 2 nights in the low 20’s. The next morning I see that several partially emerged flowers are drooping at the top of the stalk. See the picture on the left. Some flower buds are actually resting on the ground. I am wondering if the freeze damaged that part of the stalk because it is so thin there so it can’t hold the weight of the flower. Update! These flowers did recover during the warmth of the next day even though it was in the 30’s!!
Not all the flowers are affected. I decide to cut off a few of these bent over flowers at the bend to put in water in the house. I don’t want to totally lose them. (See picture at top left.) Then I will watch and see if the other flowers recover. There are always learning experiences in the garden! See my next post on Frozen Daffodils to see what I’ve learned about daffodils and freezing cold weather and the snow!