Baby’s Breath Flower (Echinacea purpurea)
The name “baby” comes from the fact that these plants are very small, but they produce flowers with a large amount of petals. They have white or yellowish colored flowers. These plants come in many colors including red, pink, purple and blue.
There are different varieties of baby’s breath flower. Some types of baby’s breath flower are:
White or Yellowish Flowers
Pink or Purple Flowers
Red Orangy-red Flowers (or Red & Black)
Blue or Violet Flowers
Black or Dark Blue Flowers
Green Leaves & Stems
Purple Leaves & Stems
Brown Leaves & Stems
Yellow Leaves And Stems
There are several ways to grow baby’s breath plants. You can buy them at garden centers, nursery stores, online or even from other nurseries. If you want to grow your own baby’s breath plant then it is best if you purchase the seedlings which are easy to care for and will not require much attention.
When you purchase the seedling, make sure that they are healthy because they may need extra water and fertilizer before planting into soil.
Here are some tips on growing baby’s breath flowers in your own home:
Lighting – Sunlight is important for any plant to grow. These plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight during the day, but they can also grow in partially shaded areas. If you do not have a garden, then you can grow these flowers in containers.
During the summer, the best place to plant these flowers is in the ground.
Soil – These plants need loose and well-draining soil. You can add compost to the soil to ensure that it is loose enough for the roots to grow.
Planting – Before planting your baby’s breath seeds, make sure that you water the soil first. This will allow the seeds to be moist during planting. Do not bury the seeds too deep into the ground, just 1/4 of an inch or less will do.
Sources & references used in this article:
Life History of Gypsophila paniculata by AL Darwent, RT Coupland – Weeds, 1966 – cambridge.org
Xeriscaping: garden flowers by JR Feucht – Gardening series. Flowers; no. 7.231, 1999 – mountainscholar.org
Garden Therapy by J Cronk – Tahoma West Literary Arts Magazine, 2006 – digitalcommons.tacoma.uw.edu
Flower Gardening in the Dark by L Chapman – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 1934 – journals.sagepub.com