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.

Taxonomy

Gypsophila elegans
Gypsophila
Caryophyllaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

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

How to care for Annual baby's breath

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Annual baby's breath in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Annual baby's breath →

Common Annual baby's breath Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Annual baby's breath prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Annual baby's breath Water Frequency →

Annual baby's breath Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Annual baby's breath requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Annual baby's breath Light Requirements →

Annual baby's breath Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Annual baby's breath is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


🪴 Soil

Annual baby's breath does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Annual baby's breath →

When and How to Successfully Repot Annual baby's breath →


💩 Fertilizer

Annual baby's breath is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Annual baby's breath grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Annual baby's breath →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Annual baby's breath can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Annual baby's breath Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Annual baby's breath can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath

Annual baby's breath


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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