The Q&A Archives: pruning baby's breath

Question: I have 2 babys breath plants that are about 5 years old. As the summer progresses they are looking brown and worn out. Should I prune them and if so when? Can I split them?

Answer: Perennial Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) can be kept neat and compact if you prune them every 4-6 weeks during the summer months. Pruning encourages new growth and keeps the plants from getting leggy. It's a little too late in the year to cut yours back. Wait until growth begins in the spring and then trim them down by about a third. If you prune again in the summer, you'll encourage lots of flowers all season long.

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