Gypsophila, also known as gypsophila, roll-on and kachim is a herbaceous semi-shrubby crop from the family of cloves.
These are soil-covered plants with graceful flower-beads of various colors, which seem to float in the air on almost leaf-free straight stems. It is for this lightness that the British nicknamed it “baby breath”.
Blossoming gypsophila begins in the middle of summer and lasts until September.
On blossoming shoots in yellow boxes ripen seeds, which are dried after harvesting.
The gypsophila takes root mostly in dry sunny areas. At a young age, she asks for regular watering, which will allow her to bloom long and abundantly. However, it is necessary to exclude the stagnation of water, which can cause outgrowth, and with it – death.
In order for excess moisture to leave the top layer of the earth without hindrance, good drainage should be arranged. Lime soil will be optimal, but it can also grow on any other non-acid soil.
It is useful to apply humus before planting, but fresh manure is not recommended.
It is important not to forget that gypsophila perennial grows very quickly and can even kill weak plants growing in the vicinity. It is therefore important to limit its spreading in the flower bed in good time. Young gypsophils can tolerate transplants quite easily, but gradually, as long stem roots develop, it becomes more and more dangerous for the plant.
Hypsophila is perennial and can be grown from seeds harvested in September. In spring, they can be sown in the garden, pre-prepared for the seedlings separate ridges. It is also possible to practice sowing in winter. In autumn or next spring, the grown-up seedlings are replanted on a permanent plot of two or three sprouts per square metre.
Cultivation is also possible by seedling: in March the seeds are sown in a container under glass. Grown seedlings sprout and leave at a distance of 15 cm, so that in May, after the appearance of one real leaf, send to a permanent place.
Terry forms are grown mainly by the method of dredging, because in case of seed multiplication only half of quality plants are obtained. The gypsophila is cut in late spring, choosing young shoots. During the rooting period, new plants are especially in need of protection and care. They are treated with a heteroauxin-containing solution and covered with a film. They can best take root in the light shadows of high humidity.