Garden flowers

Gypsophila: a cloud of flowers


Baby's breath are very pretty perennials or summer flowering annuals.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Gypsophila
Family : Caryophyllaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 20 to 100 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, limestone, well drained

Flowering : May to September

Maintenance, from planting to pruning baby's breath is easy and the decorative effect guaranteed.

Planting the baby's breath

Purchased in a cup, preferably plant your baby's breath in autumn, but also until summer outside of frost periods.

Planted in spring or summer, baby's breath will need to be watered more regularly in the 1st year than if it is planted in the fall.

  • The baby's breath loves sunny situations to flower well
  • It is a plant that needs well-drained soil and dreads heavy and compact soils
  • Water regularly after planting, especially in summer

Seedlings of baby's breath:

Sowing takes place in spring and summer, ideally in a terrine with transplanting a little after emergence in small cups capable of accommodating the plant until it is established.

  • For the annual, you can sow in place from April.

Caring for the baby's breath

You can always remove the faded flowers as you go to stimulate flowering, but there are so many that this work can quickly become laborious.

We can then be content to balance the general shape in the fall in order to keep a relatively compact form.

To know about the baby's breath

This herbaceous perennial takes on the appearance of a ground cover or bushy plant and will enchant you with its very pretty little white or pink flowers.

While there are many species, such as crawling baby's breath, it is the gypsophila paniculata that offers this particular cloud of white and pink flowers.

It takes its name from the Greek, gypsos and philos, which means the friend of lime. It is therefore unnecessary to specify that this is a plant that likes calcareous soils.

  • But it also thrives in any ordinary soil provided the drainage is good.

Gypsophila is particularly appreciated by florists who use it in the composition of many bouquets.

Smart tip about baby's breath

Be careful when planting to have enough space, as the plant can quickly spread and take up space.

Video: How to grow gypsophila from seed part 1 (October 2020).