Babys Breath From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Brodhead, WI
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Question by pata
March 20, 1998
How do I start Baby's Breath from seed? They get about 1-2" high and seem to damp off when I water them. I have tried watering from top, bottom and spray fine mist. Nothing seems to work. I only get 1 or 2 plants that live from 100 or so at germination. Would it be better to plant them directly outside?

Answer from NGA
March 20, 1998
Gypsophila, Baby's Breath, takes 10-15 days to germiante at 70F degrees. Try this: use fresh seed starting mix in your sterilized seed starting trays, moisten the soil, and sow the seeds of your Baby's Breath. Cover the trays with plastic wrap and put them in a warm place, such as on top of your refrigerator. After most of the seeds have sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and place the trays under a source of artificial light. Water when the top of the soil looks barely dry. Don't let it dry out completely, or pull away from the sides of the container. Thin the plants by snipping off the stems. Thin so there's about an inch between plants, to provide good air circulation and prevent overcompetition for moisture, nutrients and light. After the plants have developed two sets of leaves, transplant to individual pots and feed with a half-strength liquid fertilizer. Keep the light source about 6 inches away from the tops of the plants and fertilize every two weeks. Following these guidelines should result in healthy, sturdy seedlings. Better luck this time!

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