Planting Instructions for Gypsophila (baby's breath):
|Bloom Time: Summer
||Light: Full sun to part sun
|Soil: Average to rich, well-drained
||Moisture: Average, drought tolerant
|Planting Depth: 1/2 to 1" deep, mulch lightly
||Spacing: 24 to 36"
Upon arrival: Unpack box and check condition of all plants. Bare root Gypsophila should be dry in the bags, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two.
Soil/Location: Plant your Gypsophila in a sunny spot in average to rich, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting.
Moisture: Gypsophila do not require much moisture, even after they are actively growing. Early season plantings (April and May) and plants that have no foliage should be started on the dry side. During that time we like to water once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge, then we water once or twice a week as needed if the soil is dry. They are quite drought tolerant once established.
Spacing: 24 to 36" apart, although planting them closer to some plants will help to create a nice floral display in the perennial garden.
Depth: Plant with the top of the crown where the new growth points originate about 1/2 to 1" below soil level. None of the roots or crown should be showing after planting, so some sprouts can be deeper than others which is fine. Mulch lightly after planting.
General Instructions: Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Gypsophila are very adaptable to any good, loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once or twice a week, if needed.
Landscape Uses: Use baby's breath in your garden flower arranging, much as you would a floral arrangement. Combine it in the garden with plants such as Liatris, Veronica, Platycodon, Echinacea, daisies, lilies, and daylilies. The short variety, Gypsophila 'Compact Plena' makes an excellent border plant.