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How to Grow Gypsophilia - Baby's Breath

Gypsophilia elegans

Baby's Breath are a tender and delicate annual flower. Growing Baby's Breath is very easy, and they are quick to bloom. A popular flower to accent bouquets, corsages and flower vases, Baby's Breath is a popular flower in the home garden too.

Plants bear a profusion of white or pink flowers. The stems separate into many branches, giving it a light appearance, perfect for accenting. They are most often included in those dozen roses you give or receive, and are a "must have" for bridal bouquets.

Other Names: It is also called Chalk Plant

Plant Height: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet.

Plant Propagation:

Baby's Breath are grown from tiny seeds. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden  in the spring, or started indoors for a jump start on the year. Sow Baby's Breath seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring. Baby's Breath do not like frost. Do not transplant indoor starts, until after the last frost date for your area.

Space plants eight inches apart.

Days to Germination: 10 - 15

Flowers Blooms: Summer

How to Grow Gypsophilia Plants:

Baby's Breath like full to partial sun. They prefer rich, light soils, and are not fond of clay. They also do not like dry conditions. Their rapid growth demands that they are watered during dry periods. Add a general purpose fertilizer before planting if the soil is poor.

Once your Baby's Breath germinates in 10 to 15 days, they will grow rapidly. For a continuous bloom, plant them in succession every two to three weeks.

Baby's Breath make great dried flowers. Hang upside down in a airy place, out of sunlight.

Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are not too common. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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