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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.
Cultivation of Baby's Breath Plants
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 || || |