Plant Care Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath

About Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Annual baby's breath likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Annual baby's breath belongs to the Gypsophila genus, and is native to Southern Ukraine to Western and Northern Iran.


Gypsophila elegans

Also known as

Annual baby's-breath and Showy baby's-breath

How to care for Annual baby's breath


How often to water your Annual baby's breath

Water needs for Annual baby's breath
0.5 cups
every 9

Annual baby's breath needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Annual baby's breath

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Annual baby's breath in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Annual baby's breath: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Annual baby's breath love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Annual baby's breath does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Annual baby's breath

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Annual baby's breath: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Annual baby's breath after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Annual baby's breath is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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