Name: baby’s breath, gypsophila, gyp, Gypsophila elegans.
Plant type: annual.
Climate: all climates.
Soil: prefers an alkaline soil with a pH of 6.0–7.0.
Position: full sun.
Flowering: flowers in 10 weeks from sowing with a mass of small white or pink flowers.
Feeding: apply a liquid fertiliser to support flowering in spring and summer.
Watering: water regularly, especially in hot dry weather.
Baby’s breath has a mass of small white or pink flowers which resemble small pom-poms on an intricate array of fine branches. The botanical name, gypsophila, refers to its love of alkaline soils, while its common name describes its delicate flowers.
A popular cut and dried flower, baby’s breath is also a great addition to the garden, offering plenty of flowers for at least 6 months of the year if sown successively throughout the growing season.
Sow directly into the garden on a lightly raked soil during summer and autumn in most areas. Sow new seed every 3–4 weeks to extend the flowering season.
Baby’s breath is relatively low maintenance, growing quickly and flowering in just 10 weeks.
Water regularly, especially during hot or dry weather. Apply a liquid fertiliser at the start of each season to prolong flowering.
Baby’s breath is relatively pest or disease free, but it’s best to protect from snails and slugs during germination. Spread pet-friendly snail pellets or use traps to give plants time to establish.
Water the soil and roots rather than the top growth to avoid fungal problems.
Baby’s breath is easy to propagated from seed.
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