Growing Tips: Gypsophila, Annual Baby's Breath

Quick Reference:

Annual, a plant that completes it’s life cycle in one season. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of soil spaced 3 to 4 inches. Germinates in 14 to 21 days at an optimum soil temperature of 60 degrees. Ideal plant spacing in the garden is 24 to 30 inches. Shallow planting provides warmer soil but the soil surface MUST be kept moist at all times until seedlings emerge. Plant height: 30 to 36 inches.

When and where to plant:

In Alaska this variety blooms by mid-summer when the seed is planted directly in the garden and can be planted as soon as the soil can be prepared and has warmed in the spring. Select a sunny garden location with moderate to good, well-drained soil, prepare soil and add moderate amounts of plant food to enhance growth. Sprinkle seed on the soil surface, lightly cover with fine soil, water well for a good seed-soil contact and keep moist until seedlings emerge. For earlier bloom start seed indoors 4-6 weeks ahead in a container of sterilized potting soil, grow in a sunny location and transplant to the garden after the last frost.

Care:

Do not use excessive amounts of plant food or over water. To prolong bloom, shear flowers before they set seed.

Drying:

Cut stems when flowers are fully open and hang upside down in a cool, dry, shaded place until fully dry.