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How to Grow Gypsophila

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General

Annual and dainty Baby's Breath is actually quite a tough plant.

 

Latin

Gypsophila elegans
Family: Caryophyllaceae

 

Difficulty

Easy

 

Season & Zone

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: 2-10

 

Timing

Plants bloom quickly from seed, so start outdoors, direct sowing in early spring in cool soil, when a light frost is still possible… Around March 15th on the coast. In mild winter areas, it can also be direct sown in late autumn. Germination takes 10-20 days. Sow every 3-4 weeks until July for continuous blooms.

 

Starting

Just cover the small seeds, and thin or space to 15-20cm (6-8"). Crowded plants bloom better.

 

Growing

Ordinary soil will do. Be sure it is not too rich, and avoid feeding plants. Cut back after flowering to encourage a second bloom. This species is well suited to xeriscaping.

 

Gypsophila
Babys Breath

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