Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Aromatic Smooth-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season Flowers are good for cutting Flowers are good for drying and preserving Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
On Jun 25, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Gypsophila Snowfountain, thrives on being cut. Their cut and come again growth works very well. Or you can sow it in succession every two weeks in your garden from the beginning of the season for lots of wonderful white filler in your bouquets. They work very well in large containers.
Easily grown from seed it blooms 6 weeks from the day it was sown. If you're short of space, broadcast seed in the bulb bed and it will do a great job of hiding their faded foliage in summer. Their height is 12- 18".
They are tender flowers and cannot be sown direct in the garden until all danger of frost is past. For an earlier start, seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks ahead.
I put some soil (a 1/2') in a shallow tray, moistened it with a spray bottle, then scattered the seed on top, then patted it down gently. Sprayed the top of seeds once again. Put plastic wrap on top; or clear plastic lid. *Do Not* let them dry out. Remember to spray with plain water every day! Plain 'Top Soil' works best.
**Do Not Cover** the seeds with any soil; they need the light for germination!
I then put the tray under a florescent light. As they popped up, I removed them gently with a pair of tweasers and a tug and replanted them into the plugging pots, (very shallow roots.) This 'thinning out' is needed anyway. Requires a lot of patience.
**Seeds are a little smaller than 'Black Poppy', the kind used in baking cakes & rolls** That's why they need to grow in a shallow tray first.
They can be planted in separate pots later on; or one foot apart in beds or rows. Pinch out the growing tip at transplant (going to the flower bed outside) to encourage bushiness. Soil should not be too rich or you will get large plants with few flowers. Plain 'Top Soil' works best. **Do Not** fertilize! You'll kill them.
Good for Xeriscaping: planting a drought tolerant garden.
For bouquets: Do this the evening *Before* you want them!
Cut stems in the late evening, or just before sundown or 2 hours before sundown, after blossoms have opened.
Leave 6 to 12 inches of stem on the plant (at your knee height or middle of your calf, when you've planted them in at the ground level, of course) and cut just above a leaf joint so the plant will produce more blooms. You should be able to get 3 more come backs during the entire season. The last ones to come up (3rd come back) in late August should be left to re-seed for next year; or collecting your own seeds.
For longer lasting blooms, carry a bucket of cool (not cold) water into the garden and immerse the stems immediately. Allow them to stand overnight in a cool, dark place to the harden stems before arranging the next day. My friend a fellow gardener and 'Florist ' told me this one.
On Nov 27, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
Gypsophila elegans is an annual baby's breath. It grows between 1-2' tall and should be spaced 10-13" apart. The soft-looking, airy flowers grow in a mound. The flowers bloom from late spring into the fall. Plant in full sun. In warmer climates, plant in part shade. Taller varieties should be supported so that they keep the mound shape. If cut back after flowers die, they will bloom again. Baby's breath prefers well-drained, slightly alkiline soil, however avoid soil that is too alkiline or moist. Flowers are used in both fresh and dried arrangements. If you want continuous blooms, you can use successive sowing ever 2-3 weeks.
'Covent garden' is white and grows to 1 1/2' tall.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Oak View, California Federal Heights, Colorado Cordele, Georgia Valdosta, Georgia Aurora, Illinois Columbus, Indiana Ann Arbor, Michigan Atlanta, Michigan Deposit, New York Kenmore, New York Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania Locust Dale, Virginia Artondale, Washington Kalama, Washington