Baby’s Breath is originally a wildflower from Europe, Africa and Asia that became especially popular in floral arrangements during Victorian times. Covent Garden gypsophila was introduced in 1936 by the Grand Junction Seed Company of Colorado.
A fast-growing annual, Covent Garden is often added to fresh and dried flower arrangements and used in the garden as a filler. The plants will blossom from late June until frost with minimal care. The multi-stemmed plants produce clouds of cute little white flowers half an inch wide on plants that reach 1 to 2 feet in height.
Baby’s Breath is heat and drought resistant, but it prefers calcium-rich soil, as it is often found growing wild on gypsum deposits. Sow every two to three weeks for a continuous harvest to make gifts all summer. Covent Garden is beloved by butterflies and pairs beautifully with Bachelor’s Buttons in the garden.
- Latin Name: Gypsophila elegans
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Days to Maturity: 75-90
- Planting Depth: Lightly press 4-5 seeds into soil or broadcast directly
- Plant Spacing: 45 cm
- Growth Habit: 30-45 cm tall
Commonly known as baby’s breath, Gypsophila is prevalent in floral arrangements and the clusters of tiny white flowers look just as good gracing a garden bed. During the peak of summer, their bunches of blossoms bloom for several weeks while attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects.
Seeds can be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost date. Plant seeds in flats or individual pots and cover very lightly with soil. Keep the soil moist and warm. Use a heating mat if one is available. Under these conditions, seeds can pop up in as little as 10 days. Continue giving seedlings warmth, moisture and bright light. When they have developed two sets of true leaves, they can be thinned. Once the danger of frost has passed, move them outside to begin the hardening off process. Handle transplants carefully, as they are prone to shock.
Gypsophila can also be sown directly outdoors. Till your garden bed deeply, remove any debris and break down leftover clumps. Add in some compost to improve the fertility and water retention of the soil. After the last frost has passed, sow seeds thinly about 20 cm apart. Cover lightly with fine soil and firm seeds into place. Water the bed and keep it moist.
Be vigilant about weeds while seedlings are getting established. Thin crowded seedlings and add a thin layer of mulch when they’re tall enough. Give a weak feeding when seedlings are about four weeks old.
Gypsophila like full sun, but benefit from afternoon shade in the hot months. Baby’s breath is not picky about its soil type, as long as it’s well-drained. The soil of young plants should be kept moist, but established plants will only need water in long periods of drought. Baby’s breath doesn’t feed heavily, an initial fertilizing and supplemental compost will take care of its nutrient needs.
This plant has few issues with pests and disease and is overall a very low maintenance flower. Mature plants may require staking to give support to the thin stems. Give plants a light pruning after flowering to achieve a bushier shape and hope for a second bloom.
Gypsophila looks breathtaking in the garden and is the quintessential filler flower, adding a tender touch to arrangements and bouquets.
- The name Baby’s Breath refers to the flower often being given as a baby shower gift. More recently, gypsophila became popular in fresh-cut bouquets and wedding floral arrangements.
- Gypsophila seeds will remain viable for 2 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.
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You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.
Picked and bagged for 2023 the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.
We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.
We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!
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