- Approximate seeds per pound: 378,000
- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 3 - 10
- Height: 12 - 24 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Bloom Color: White
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 70F
- Average Germ Time: 10 - 20 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/16 inch
- Sowing Rate: 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 7 pounds per acre
- Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 10 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Gypsophila
Gyposophila (Gyposophila Elegans) - No plant is easier or quicker to grow for masses of delightful blooms than this annual Baby's Breath plant. In just 6 - 8 weeks from sowing Baby's Breath seeds, you'll begin enjoying the tiny, pure-white blooms, which are set at the tips of rather stiff, very well-branched stems. Invaluable for bouquets and arrangements both fresh and dried, they are also a fine source of airy, misty color in the garden--particularly effective with large, brightly-colored blooms or with vertical ornamental grasses. If you want a steady supply of Baby's Breath flowers from spring to fall, just sow the Gypsophila seeds directly in the garden every 2 - 3 weeks as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. Gyposophila elegans will grow in any region of the U.S.
Baby's Breath is one of the most popular wildflowers and it is easy to grow from flower seed. Baby's Breath has tiny, virtually insignificant flowers compared to other wildflowers, but without Baby's Breath other more showy flowers don't appear to their best advantage. Everything looks better with Baby's Breath around it! Gypsophila plants grow upright 12 - 24 inches tall and as wide. It is quite drought tolerant. The Gypsophila flowers are single form, one half inch across, abundant and typically white but there are cultivars available in pink and rose. Its leaves are 3 inches long, lance shaped and fleshy. Unfortunately, it is a very short-lived annual dying after only 5 - 6 weeks. Successively planting the flower seed every 2 - 3 weeks should ensure never being without it during the growing season.
Gypsophila seeds needs to be planted in soil with near neutral pH levels. It prefers well-draining soil with ample organic matter. If water should pool around it for any given time it is apt to develop a black slime around the lower stems called stem rot. This makes the plant wilt. But stem rot is easily avoided by placing the Gypsophila plant in raised beds, in pots or simply plant Baby's Breath flower seeds on a small mound of soil if your soil tends to be wet. Baby's Breath prefers to grow in full sun although it does quite well in as little as 4 hours of full sun.
To sow Gypsophila seeds directly outdoors, wait until temperatures have warmed and prepare the soil, sow the flower seeds and lightly rake the soil over the flower seeds barely covering them. Keep Baby's Breath seeds constantly moist, and germination should occur in 10 - 20 days. Repeat sowing the flower seeds every 2 - 3 weeks for successive blooming all growing season.
Shaker Bottle With Seed Starting Matrix
Shake 'n Seed - We are now offering shaker bottles filled with our seed starting matrix: rich soil, gardening sand, water absorbing crystals, and starter fertilizer. This not only helps dispense your seed, but it gets it off to a great start! Simply remove lid from shaker bottle, add seed from packet, put back on lid, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds, and then shake your way to beautiful new plants! Use Shake 'n Seed over good quality soil, and then gently water to keep seed moist until it sprouts. Great for ground covers or mass planting flower seeds.