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Baby's breath

Gypsophila paniculata

Common gypsophila, Maiden's breath, Panicled baby's breath (Eng.)

Commonly used in flower arrangements and bridal bouquets. The delicate, small flowers can be white or pink. It prefers growing in alkaline soils and is very drought and salt tolerant. In some parts of the world, it is considered to be invasive as thousands of seeds can be dispersed from seed pods and lead to extensive overgrowth.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest flowers 4-6 months after sowing.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds during spring in seed trays with well-drained, coarse, sandy soil. Germination should take place within 10-18 days. Plant out in permanent position during summer.
Cuttings
Root grafting can be done in winter. Scions of the stem should be grafted onto root cuttings.

Special features

Drought resistant
Taproot can reach deep groundwater during dry periods.
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies

Geography

Origin
Eastern Europe and Western Asia
Natural climate
Hot and dry Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Cutflower
Long lasting vase-life make the soft white clouds of flowers popular in the cut flower industry.

Personality

Family
Caryophyllaceae
Flower colour
White or pink
Scent
None

Problems

Plants may be affected by diseases such as botrytis blight, aster yellows virus, crown gall, damping-off and bacterial fasciation. Leafhoppers may also become a problem.

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