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How to Care for Baby's Breath

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

Baby’s breath, also known as gypsophilia, is a bushy, bluish-green plant that develops masses of tiny white flowers. The delicate little flowers are often seen in bridal bouquets and in corsages. As a dried flower, it’s also used in wreaths and seasonal decorations. Although it’s a favorite in the florist’s shop, it’s also lovely in the flower garden where it grows rapidly and requires little care. It also does well in hanging pots mixed with brightly colored petunias.

Water baby’s breath regularly. It is a fast-growing plant that needs water in order to grow and bloom properly, and doesn’t do well in drought conditions.

Plant small batches of baby’s breath every two weeks for continuous blooms. Baby’s breath are short lived and this will ensure a steady supply throughout the growing season.

Feed baby’s breath a good all-purpose fertilizer once a month during the growing season. This is especially important if the baby’s breath are growing in poor soil.

Check the baby’s breath for signs of fungus or insect damage. Baby’s breath are hardy and not susceptible to insects and disease, but if a problem develops, treat the plant with a fungicide or an insecticide.

Prune the plant after it blooms. This can encourage the baby’s breath to continue blooming through summer, and sometimes into fall.


About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.