Growing Baby's Breath

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Growing Baby's Breath
Botanical Name: Gypsophila elegans
Life Cycle: annual (there are also perennial varieties)
Planting Time: spring or summer
Height: dwarf varieties 12" to 18", full-sized 2' to 4'
Exposure: full sun to very light shade
Soil: rich, moist, very well drained soil; neutral to alkaline pH
Hardiness: n/a
Bloom Time: mid spring to fall frost
Flower: white and pink
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds
Suggested Use: beds, borders, rock gardens, cut flowers and dried flowers
Growing Hints: Scatter seeds every two weeks until midsummer for a steady supply of beautiful blooms. Cut Baby's Breath when about half of flowers are open. The more you cut, the more blooms plants will make.

Tall varieties may need to be staked and should be protected from wind. For best results, plant in groups and avoid acidic soil. Time from seed to bloom is approximately 8 to 12 weeks.
Interesting Facts: Baby's Breath also comes in low growing, creeping varieties.
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