Sowing Baby’s Breath Seeds: Learn How To Plant Gypsophila Seeds
Baby’s breath is an airy delight when added to specialty bouquets or just as a nosegay in its own right. Growing baby’s breath from seed will result in clouds of the delicate blooms within a year. This perennial plant is easy to grow and low maintenance. Read on for more tips on how to plant Gypsophila, or baby’s breath.
Baby’s Breath Seed Propagation
Easily recognizable from bridal displays to any occasion flower arrangements, baby’s breath is a hardy perennial. It is suitable for United States Department of Agriculture zones 3 to 9. Plants can be easily started from seed. Baby’s breath seed propagation can be done early indoors in flats or planted outside after all danger of frost has passed.
Transplants and seeds should go outdoors after the threat of any frost has passed. Direct sowing baby’s breath seeds in 70-degree (21 C.) soil will result in faster germination.
How to Plant Gypsophila Indoors
Plant seed in flats or small pots 6 to 8 weeks before planting outdoors. Use a good seed starter mix and sow seed with just a dusting of soil over.
Keep the soil moist and warm when sowing baby’s breath seeds. The use of a heat mat can speed germination, which can occur in just 10 days.
Keep seedlings in bright light, moderately moist and feed them at one month with a half strength plant food.
Grow seedlings until they have two pairs of true leaves. Then begin to harden them off, gradually getting plants used to outdoor conditions for a week. Transplants are subject to shock. Use a transplant or starter food after the plants go in the ground.
Growing Baby’s Breath from Seed Outdoors
Prepare a garden bed by tilling deeply and removing rocks and other debris. Incorporate leaf litter or compost if the soil is heavy or contains a lot of clay.
Sow seeds thinly, 9 inches (23 cm.) apart once any chance of frost is over. Spread 1/4 inch (.64 cm.) of fine soil over the seeds and firm it. Water the bed and keep it lightly moist.
Thin seedlings if they are crowded. Use organic mulch between the plants, keep weeds pulled and water weekly. Fertilize with a diluted fertilizer or compost tea when plants are 4 weeks old.
Additional Care for Baby’s Breath
Growing baby’s breath from seed is easy and plants may produce flowers the first year. Once all blooms are open, cut the plant back to force a second flush.
Water in the morning or at the root zone to prevent common fungal diseases. Few pests bother baby’s breath but they may get attacked by aphids, leafhoppers and slugs.
For fresh flowers, cut stems when partially open. To dry sprays, harvest stems when in full bloom and hang in bundles upside down in a warm, dry location.
Growing baby's breath from seed will result in clouds of the delicate blooms within a year. This perennial plant is easy to grow and low maintenance. Click this article for more tips on how to plant Gypsophila, or baby's breath, from seed.
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Gypsophila Seeds – White
Approximate seeds per pound: 378,000
USDA Zones: 3 – 10
Height: 12 – 24 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well drained, pH 6.6 – 7.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 10 – 20 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/16 inch
Sowing Rate: 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 7 pounds per acre
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 10 inches
Care & Maintenance: Gypsophila
Gyposophila (Gyposophila Elegans) – No plant is easier or quicker to grow for masses of delightful blooms than this annual Baby’s Breath plant. In just 6 – 8 weeks from sowing Baby’s Breath seeds, you’ll begin enjoying the tiny, pure-white blooms, which are set at the tips of rather stiff, very well-branched stems. Invaluable for bouquets and arrangements both fresh and dried, they are also a fine source of airy, misty color in the garden–particularly effective with large, brightly-colored blooms or with vertical ornamental grasses. If you want a steady supply of Baby’s Breath flowers from spring to fall, just sow the Gypsophila seeds directly in the garden every 2 – 3 weeks as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. Gyposophila elegans will grow in any region of the U.S.
Baby’s Breath is one of the most popular wildflowers and it is easy to grow from flower seed. Baby’s Breath has tiny, virtually insignificant flowers compared to other wildflowers, but without Baby’s Breath other more showy flowers don’t appear to their best advantage. Everything looks better with Baby’s Breath around it! Gypsophila plants grow upright 12 – 24 inches tall and as wide. It is quite drought tolerant. The Gypsophila flowers are single form, one half inch across, abundant and typically white but there are cultivars available in pink and rose. Its leaves are 3 inches long, lance shaped and fleshy. Unfortunately, it is a very short-lived annual dying after only 5 – 6 weeks. Successively planting the flower seed every 2 – 3 weeks should ensure never being without it during the growing season.
Gypsophila seeds needs to be planted in soil with near neutral pH levels. It prefers well-draining soil with ample organic matter. If water should pool around it for any given time it is apt to develop a black slime around the lower stems called stem rot. This makes the plant wilt. But stem rot is easily avoided by placing the Gypsophila plant in raised beds, in pots or simply plant Baby’s Breath flower seeds on a small mound of soil if your soil tends to be wet. Baby’s Breath prefers to grow in full sun although it does quite well in as little as 4 hours of full sun.
To sow Gypsophila seeds directly outdoors, wait until temperatures have warmed and prepare the soil, sow the flower seeds and lightly rake the soil over the flower seeds barely covering them. Keep Baby’s Breath seeds constantly moist, and germination should occur in 10 – 20 days. Repeat sowing the flower seeds every 2 – 3 weeks for successive blooming all growing season.
White Baby’s Breath is an annual that no cutting garden should be without! It is grown from Gypsophila seeds, and is lovely in floral arrangements. This flower seed can be started outdoors.