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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Baby's breath

BabyBaby's breath flows like a spraying waterfall of many small blossoms of summer bloomers such as roses or larkspur. The plant brings a romantic lightness to flower bed that hardly any other perennial can top.

More information about baby's breath


Once at home in many cottage gardens, this plant has disappeared more and more from the gardens in recent years. For some time now, a trend reversal has become apparent. This plant, which was long considered old-fashioned, is now modern again and is moving into the gardens. If you too would like to buy baby's breath for your garden, take a look around the Lubera shop. We have many different types available. They belong to the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae) and fit in the classic ornamental bed as well as in the natural garden.



Buy tall varieties


From the end of June to mid-September, the flowers of baby's breath (Gypsophila), which is native to Central Europe and the Caucasus, make their big appearance over many weeks. Hundreds of the small flowers enchant beds with their fine restraint. Gypsophila is divided into tall growing and ground-covering species. Gypsophila paniculata, also called tall gypsophila, grows upright and can reach a height of up to one metre. One of the most common varieties is the snow white 'Bristol Fairy' with double flowers. The various types are excellent companions to other perennials such as iris, larkspur, globe thistle, sage or bellflower. 

An often seen classic is also the combination with roses. However, since roses prefer fresh soil in contrast to Gypsophila, it is essential that the soil is well-drained so that no waterlogging can occur. Baby's breath prefers dry, sandy soils in full sun. If it is too moist, it will not thrive optimally.


Buy ground covering varieties


In contrast to the Paniculata varieties, the ground covering Gypsophila grow only 20 to 30 cm high. These plants are native to the Alps and the Pyrenees and grow carpet-like. Therefore, they are very well suited as ground cover in bedding foregrounds, but they also fit into gravelly gaps between floor tiles, in rockeries, on top of walls or in troughs. The low varieties are also ideal for easy to care for grave plantings. The soil should be fresh but permeable.


Second flowering thanks to pruning


It is absolutely necessary to give baby's breath enough space. Where it likes it, it develops into a powerful plant. The distance between the plants should therefore be large enough. They like nutrient-poor soil and do not need any fertiliser. Composting can also be avoided. As soon as the flowers start to fade, the shoots can be cut back to stimulate renewed flowering. Classically, the flowers are white, but they are also available in pink. One of the most striking varieties is Gypsophila repens 'Rosa Schönheit' with bright pink flowers.


For gardens or pots


The upright growing, as well as the carpet-like Gypsophila varieties, can be grown not only in a garden bed but also in pots without any problems. With this plant in a pot, romance moves in on the balcony. The many small flowers bring brightness and they create optical width. The flower branches can also be cut excellently and integrated into summer bouquets. You can also dry them and bring them into the living room as a dry bouquet during the months with few flowers. Especially beautiful is a combination with dried hydrangeas or rose petals.


Is it hardy?


Is baby's breath hardy? Yes, when you buy it, you get a robust plant that will grow in your garden for many years and it can easily cope with our winters. However, for those specimens that grow on the balcony in an exposed location, it is recommended to protect the pots over the winter with an insulating bubble wrap or wood wool fleece. If you want to propagate your baby's breath yourself, you can divide existing plants in the spring. This usually works better with the ground-covering varieties than with the upright Paniculata varieties but is worth a try. It is best to divide with a sharp knife. Make sure that there are some fine roots and shoots on each cutting.

If you offer the baby's breath a permeable, not too moist soil, it is an extremely prolific flowering plant. It requires very little maintenance. Despite its fine flowers, the plant is very effective and also supports its partner perennials in their appearance. The whitish pink flowers will provide pleasure for several weeks.

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