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Care of the plant Gypsophila muralis or Annual baby's-breath.

Care of the plant Gypsophila muralis or Annual baby's-breath

The genus Gypsophila, family Caryophyllaceae, comprises 100 species of annual and perennial plants native to the Mediterranean region, Europe and the Middle East. Some species are: Gypsophila repens, Gypsophila muralis, Gypsophila paniculata, Gypsophila elegans, Gypsophila cerastioides.

Common names: Annual baby's-breath, Annual gypsophila, Cushion baby's-breath. This species is native to Europe.

They are annual plants of creeping or erect bearing that reach 40 cm (15.74") in height. They have lanceolate leaves arranged in opposite pairs. The small and abundant flowers appear in inflorescences, have 5 petals and are pink or white. They bloom from spring to late summer.

They are used in borders, colored beds, rockeries, slopes and for cut flowers. They do not grow well in pots.

Gypsophila muralis needs full sun or semi-shade exposure and average annual temperatures of 15-25 ºC (59-77 ºF).

The soil must contain organic matter, be very well drained and not contain much lime.

Water moderately all year round; it is very important to wait until the substrate has dried.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer during the flowering period.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases; they can be attacked by aphids.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by root stem cuttings.

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