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propagating perennials: Gypsophilla or Baby’s Breathe
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Gypsophilla or Baby’s Breathe

Propagating Baby’s Breathe must be done in the spring. Most anyone that has received an arrangement knows Baby’s Breath, because it is used by florists as a filler amongst roses or other cut flower arrangements or used as dried flowers. Some use the plant to drape over walls which adds texture to the landscape and they can endure harsh summer conditions because they will prosper in full sun and poorer soil conditions, and brighten up any rock garden or border areas because their leaves are basically insignificant when in bloom. They can attain a height of 24" and shearing them back after flowering can be detrimental to the plants health. Propagation can be done by dividing the root system. In some areas Gypsophilla Panicullata the most common plant sold, can be considered invasive because its seeds are mainly microscopic, so check that out first before planting. The color ranges of Gypsophilla are white to red to pink, with white considered the hardiest of cultivars.

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