Growing Baby’s Breath Flowering Plants
Baby’s breath flowering plants is a term used to refer to annual flowers in the genus Gypsophila, all of which are characterized by highly branched stems and small white to pink flowers. Growing baby’s breath flowering plants is simple and you’ll likely find it a useful garden specimen. Learning how to grow baby’s breath can be a lucrative hobby, especially if you sell it to florists and others who make professional arrangements. Growing baby’s breath flowering plants in a full sun area is relatively simple if the soil pH is right. The baby’s breath plant likes an alkaline or sweet soil. Soil should also be well-draining. If your baby’s breath plant does not perform well, take a soil test to determine the soil’s alkalinity. Start baby’s breath flowering plants in the garden from seeds, cuttings or tissue cultured plants. Reaching 12 to 18 inches at maturity, you can harvest and learn how to dry your own baby’s breath flowers.
When cutting to dry flowers of the baby’s breath flowering plants, choose stems with just half of the flowers in bloom while others are only buds. Don’t use stems with browning flowers. Re-cut stems of the baby’s breath under warm running water. Bundle five to seven stems together with twine or a rubber band. Hang these upside down in a dark, warm and well ventilated room. Check the drying flowers after five days. When flowers are papery to the touch, they are ready for use in a dried arrangement. If they do not have the papery feel after five days, allow more time, checking every couple of days.