How to grow gypsophila

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How to grow gypsophila
Grow gypsophila in a pot or outside in your garden. (Straitel/iStock/Getty Images)

Also known as baby's breath, gypsophila is a popular choice for flower arrangements and bridal bouquets. The light, airy masses of small white or pink flowers make a good contrast to larger flowers in the garden.

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Things you need

  • Pruners
  • Compost
  • Fertiliser
  • Hand cultivators
  • Mulch
  • Plants
  • Seeds

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    Buy gypsophila

  1. 1

    Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer, or seed packets all year round.

  2. 2

    Buy gypsophila in 10 cm (4 inch) containers or buy seeds.

  3. 3

    Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds.

    Plant gypsophila

  1. 1

    Plant gypsophila in full sun in well-drained soil.

  2. 2

    Add a light application of organic fertiliser to the planting hole.

  3. 3

    Place the plants no deeper than the depth of the containers they were growing in.

  4. 4

    Place the plants 45 cm (18 inches) apart.

  5. 5

    Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 7.5 cm (3 inches) of organic compost.

  6. 6

    Water well until the soil is completely moist.

  7. 7

    Plant seeds in the garden in late spring. Keep the area moist until the seeds have germinated.

    Gypsophila care

  1. 1

    Cut off any remaining stems from the previous year in early spring using bypass pruners.

  2. 2

    Apply a light application of organic fertiliser on top of the soil, following packet directions.

  3. 3

    Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 7.5 cm (3 inches) of organic compost.

  4. 4

    Water well weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.

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