Daffodil Narcissus 'Baby Boomer' (7)
The Narcissus 'Baby Boomer' is a charming plant commonly known as a daffodil. It features an attractive cluster of flowers, each with a classic trumpet-shaped corona surrounded by a star-shaped arrangement of petals. The blooms exhibit a cheerful yellow hue that often symbolizes the onset of spring. The foliage of this daffodil is slender and strap-like, maintaining a rich green color that complements the brightness of the flowers. As a bulbous perennial, it springs from an underground bulb that holds the energy required for the plant to bloom annually. The daffodil's appearance is synonymous with renewal and vibrancy, often found adding splashes of color to gardens and landscapes.
About this plant
Baby Boomer Daffodil, Baby Boomer Narcissus.
Narcissus 'Baby Boomer'
The Narcissus, commonly known as the daffodil, is toxic to humans. All parts of the daffodil contain toxic alkaloids, with the bulb being the most poisonous part. If ingested, symptoms of poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious effects such as cardiac arrhythmias, low blood pressure, tremors, convulsions, and potentially fatal outcomes.
The daffodil is toxic to pets. Similar to humans, all parts of the plant, especially the bulb, contain harmful alkaloids. If a pet ingests any portion of the daffodil, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, abdominal pain, cardiac arrhythmias, difficulty breathing, and can lead to potential convulsions and significant drops in blood pressure. Severe cases of poisoning can be fatal, so immediate veterinary attention is required if ingestion is suspected.
Color of leaves
1 foot 4 inches (40 centimeters)
1 foot (30 centimeters)
- General Benefits
- Easy to Care For: Narcissus 'Baby Boomer' is relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal care once established.
- Attracts Pollinators: The flowers can attract bees and other pollinators to the garden, supporting local ecosystems.
- Aesthetic Appeal: With their bright, cheerful blooms, they can enhance the beauty of any garden or landscape.
- Perennial Growth: As a perennial, the plant returns year after year, offering long-term floral displays.
- Symbolic Significance: Narcissi are often associated with new beginnings and are popular in gardens for their symbolic value.
- Bulb Propagation: Bulbs can multiply over time, allowing gardeners to spread or share the plants easily.
- Seasonal Interest: Blooms in spring, providing early color after the winter months when few other flowers are in bloom.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Cut Flower Arrangements: Narcissus 'Baby Boomer' can be used in cut flower arrangements due to their bright cheerful blooms that can add a pop of color to any bouquet.
- Photography Subjects: Photographers may use Narcissus blooms as subjects due to their distinct shape and the contrast they provide within a natural setting.
- Natural Dyes: The petals of Narcissus can be boiled to produce a natural dye for textiles or craft projects.
- Garden Design: Narcissus can be used in garden design to create a 'river' of color when planted in long, winding lines through a garden or park.
- Education: Narcissus plants can be used as educational tools to teach children about the life cycle of perennials and plant biology.
- Ephemeral Art: Petals and blooms can be used in creating temporary works of art, often seen in floral mandalas or eco-friendly art installations.
- Scented Sachets: Dried Narcissus flowers can be used to fill sachets that bring a light fragrance to drawers and wardrobes.
- Wedding Decor: Because of their springtime association and delicate appearance, Narcissus flowers are chosen for wedding decorations and bridal bouquets.
- Potpourri Ingredients: The fragrant flowers of Narcissus 'Baby Boomer' can be dried and mixed with other botanicals to create potpourri.
- Companion Planting: Narcissus is said to deter certain pests and can be planted among vegetables and other garden plants as a natural pest management strategy.
- Feng Shui
The Daffodil is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Daffodil is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Rebirth and New Beginnings: Narcissus, commonly known as daffodil, often blooms early in spring, symbolizing the end of winter and the onset of new growth and beginnings.
- Unrequited Love: In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection, leading to his death. Thus, daffodils can sometimes represent unreciprocated love.
- Self-Esteem: The term 'narcissism' comes from the same mythological root, hinting at a level of self-obsession or self-admiration associated with the daffodil.
- Vanity: Similarly, the daffodil represents vanity due to the Narcissus myth, where excessive self-love led to his downfall.
- Prosperity: Since daffodils bloom around the time of Chinese New Year, they're often associated with good fortune and prosperity in the upcoming year in Chinese culture.
- Eternal Life: The daffodil's ability to return each spring is sometimes seen as a symbol of resurrection and immortality.
- Hope: Their bright yellow color is commonly related to sunshine, which can signify hope and encouragement in trying times.
Daffodils, including the 'Baby Boomer' variety, should be watered deeply and thoroughly to encourage proper root growth. Water these plants once a week with about 1 inch of water, which equates to approximately 0.6 gallons per square foot. During the active growing season, in the spring, they may require more frequent watering, especially if the weather is particularly dry or windy. After blooming, you can reduce watering as the foliage begins to die back. Avoid overwatering, as daffodils do not like to be in soggy soil, which can lead to bulb rot.
Daffodils, such as the 'Baby Boomer', thrive best in full sun to partial shade. They prefer a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, they can also perform well in areas with light afternoon shade, especially in regions with very hot summers. It's important not to place them in deep shade, as this will reduce flowering.
Daffodils, including the 'Baby Boomer', are hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures. They can survive winter temperatures down to about 5°F. These plants enjoy cooler spring temperatures but can also adapt to the warmth once they are established. The ideal temperature for daffodil growth is between 50°F and 70°F.
Pruning daffodils, such as the 'Baby Boomer', is not done for shaping but rather for plant health. After flowering, deadhead the spent blooms to prevent seed formation, which can drain energy from the bulb. However, leave the foliage intact until it turns yellow and dies back naturally, usually 6 to 8 weeks after blooming, to allow photosynthesis to replenish the bulb for next year's bloom. It's best to prune daffodils annually after blooming.
Daffodil 'Baby Boomer' thrives in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. The best soil mix can be made by combining two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part peat or compost for organic matter enrichment. Ensure that the soil is loose and fertile to promote healthy bulb development and blooming.
Daffodils like 'Baby Boomer' don't need frequent repotting and can often remain undisturbed for several years. It is best to repot or divide these bulbs every 3 to 5 years, ideally after the foliage has died back and the bulbs have entered dormancy.
- Humidity & Misting
Daffodil 'Baby Boomer' is adaptable and does not have specific humidity requirements. However, it typically thrives in average room humidity conditions. Excessive humidity is not necessary, so normal outdoor conditions are generally sufficient.
- Suitable locations
Place in bright, indirect light and cool temps.
Pick a sunny spot with good drainage.
- Life cycle
The Narcissus 'Baby Boomer', commonly known as Daffodil, begins its life cycle as a bulb, which can lay dormant underground for several months. In late winter or early spring, the bulb starts to sprout, sending up shoots that develop into the plant's characteristic green, strap-like leaves. Following the foliage, the Daffodil rapidly grows a single flower stalk per bulb, which soon blossoms into the plant's distinctive trumpet-shaped yellow or white flower. After blooming, which typically occurs in late spring, the flower fades and the plant enters a period of photosynthesis, where the leaves continue to gather sunlight to replenish the bulb's energy reserves. By early summer, the foliage yellows and dies back as the plant goes into dormancy, retreating back to the bulb state underground. The bulb will remain dormant until the next appropriate season when the cycle starts anew with the emergence of new shoots.
The Narcissus 'Baby Boomer', commonly known as a type of daffodil, is typically propagated by dividing bulbs, a process best undertaken in the late summer or early fall after the foliage has died back. To propagate by dividing bulbs, one would gently dig up the clump of daffodil bulbs, being careful not to damage them. The clump should then be cleaned of soil and the bulbs separated by gently pulling them apart at the natural divisions. It's important to leave as much of the basal plate—the flat, bottom part of the bulb from which roots grow—as possible on each divided bulb. After separating, the bulbs should be planted immediately at a depth of about 6 inches (approximately 15 centimeters) with the pointed end up, ensuring they are spaced about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate room for growth.