Planting Gypsophila


Gypsophila is more commonly known as baby's breath. It is used by florists everywhere for filling in empty spaces and adding a lacy feeling to flower arrangements. Its tiny delicate flowers look just as nice dressing up flowers in your garden as they do in the cut arrangements. Gypsophila works well for borders and in rock gardens and makes wonderful dried flowers. This plant is not hard to grow and is hardy in gardening zones 3 through 8.

Step 1

Choose a sunny location and dig a hole at least three times the size of the root ball. If planting more than one, the holes should be about 2 feet apart.

Step 2

Sprinkle a quarter cup of bone meal on the bottom of the planting hole. Amend the dug out soil with 2 cups of compost and 2 cups of peat moss.

Step 3

Place the root ball in the hole at a level that will cover the crown of the root ball and all new growth by a half to 1 inch. Fill in around the root ball with the amended soil to the level of the surrounding ground. Do not tamp down. Gypsophila likes the soil light and airy.

Step 4

Water generously immediately after planting and then do not water again until you see some foliage growth. Once you see growth water once or twice a week if there has been no rain. This plant likes it on the dry side.

Step 5

Mulch around the plant lightly to keep the soil loose. A thin coating of pine needles or shredded pine bark will be fine.

Things You'll Need

  • Gypsophila plant
  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Bone meal
  • Mulch


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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.