Gypsophilia, Perennial Baby's Breath


Bloom Season:   Summer, late summer

Plant Habit: Spreading

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium, light

Fertilize: Every month

Height: 29" - 35"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Gypsophila, commonly known as baby's breath, is a delicate and beautiful flower that is often used as a filler in floral arrangements. Its small white or pink blooms add a touch of elegance and charm to any bouquet.

Gypsophila thrives in well-drained soil with a slightly alkaline pH level. It prefers sandy or loamy soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting gypsophila, it's recommended to amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage. This will provide the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and prevent waterlogged conditions that can lead to root rot.

Gypsophila is a sun-loving plant that requires full sunlight to thrive. It needs at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. In terms of temperature, gypsophila is adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of climates. However, it generally prefers moderate temperatures between 60°F and 75°F (15°C and 24°C) during the growing season. Extreme heat or cold can negatively impact its growth and flowering.

Proper watering is crucial for gypsophila's growth and development. It's important to keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the plant to wilt and die. Regularly check the moisture level of the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

When it comes to fertilization, gypsophila benefits from a balanced fertilizer with a ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) of 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. Apply the fertilizer according to the package instructions, usually once every four to six weeks during the growing season. Avoid over-fertilization, as it can result in excessive foliage growth and reduced flower production.

Pruning is essential to maintain the shape and vigor of gypsophila plants. Regularly remove any dead or damaged stems and flowers to encourage new growth and prolong the blooming period. Pruning also helps prevent the plant from becoming too leggy and promotes a more compact and bushy habit.

Gypsophila is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally be affected by aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and take appropriate measures if any infestation or disease is detected.



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