How to Grow Annual Baby's Breath (Gypsophila Elegans)

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To grow annual baby's breath, or gypsophila elegans, start the plant by seed indoors, provide full, hot sun, use a good drainage area, and water the plant well. Use baby's breath as filler plants with roses and other flowers using advice from a... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Baby's Breath, or Gypsophila. It's a great filler plant, especially with roses or any other flower, and it's really easy to grow. So Gypsophila is usually grown by seed. So, I start the seeds in the spring indoors, and as soon as they're growing a bit, I set them outdoors and they grow into a nice plant over the summer, and you can kind of trim out as needed and they'll keep growing and keep growing until the fall and then they'll fade back in the winter. And then you just chop them right back out and then start them again in the spring. So they're a really easy annual plant, they need full hot sun and good drainage, because they don't do well in the shade, they'll reach for the sun. As long as you give them a sunny spot, they'll do really well. Water them well, but let them dry out in between, and they're a great dried flower too, so I always use them in my arrangements, or hang them out to dry. And you can use them in dried arrangements too. But Gypsophila is a beautiful plant that's an annual, and it's easy to grow as long as you put it in a sunny spot with good drainage. Start it by seed in the spring, let it bloom all summer, and then when it fades off and turns brown in the fall because of the freeze or the cold weather, just chop it out. And if you live in a warmer climate, you can grow it as a perennial. It will just come back from year to year, and you can enjoy it as well inside or outside.