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Baby's Breath / Gypsophila

Baby's Breath Description

Baby's Breath is a long time favourite with florists and is a staple in many floral arrangements. It is also very popular with gardeners as an ornamental plant to enhance border displays and containers.

The delicate leaves and stems are green / grey flowers are mostly white although pink blooms are not uncommon. Gypsophila flowers continuously and profusely from late spring right through the early autumn.

Baby's breath can be propagated by seed, cutting and root division.

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Cultivation of Baby's Breath Plants

Baby's Breath  Flowers

Baby's Breath seeds should be sown in their flowering position from mid spring. Sowing Gypsophila seeds at two week intervals will ensure continuity of blooms.

The plants should be thinned out to about 30cm apart from each other. Gypsophila will do well in a sunny location and in soil that drains well.

Tall varieties of Baby's Breath may require staking with narrow bamboo canes or twigs.

Popular Varieties of Baby's Breath

The following lists some popular varieties of Baby's Breath.

Giant White Large white blooms
Red Cloud

Profusion of pale pink flowers

Gypsophila Repens

White, lilac, pale purple flowers

Covent Garden Large white blossoms, good cutting flower
Improved Mix White, pink, pale-rose flowers

Baby's Breath Pests and Diseases

Gypsophila is largely unaffected by disease or pests.

Height 60cm

Baby's Breath - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 30cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from late spring to early autumn Order Caryophyllales
Garden soil Family Carophyllaceae
Sunny site Genus Gypsophila
Hardy annual    
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