Gypsophila paniculata – Festival Star® – Hardy Baby’s Breath

Garden Height
12 - 18
16 - 24
16 - 24
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
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Clouds of small white flowers float on densely branched plants from May through October; great cut or dried flower


Clouds of small white flowers float on densely branched plants from May through October; great cut or dried flower

Attracts: Butterflies

Resists: Deer

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Dead-Heading Not Necessary

Drought Tolerant

Long Blooming

Fall Interest

Salt Tolerant

Maintenance Notes

It should continue to bloom without deadheading but removing old blooms may encourage additional blooming. With any Baby's Breath the more you use as a cut flower the more the plant branches and reblooms.

Uses Notes

Plant alone or in combinations in all container types, hanging baskets, window boxes and landscapes

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Landscape

Soil Fertility Average Soil, Fertile Soil

Soil PH Category Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil

pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2, C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9

Fertilization 75 - 100

Light Requirements High

Water Requirements Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information

Late Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP. Plants need long days or supplemental light to flower early.

Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 6-8
6" and Gallon Pot : 8-10
7-9" Pot : 8-10
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :

Pinching and Growth Regulators

No pinching is necessary. No growth regulators are needed.

Pest and Disease Management

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Scout for aphids and treat as necessary. Disease is unlikely with good cultural practices.

Grower Tips

Grower Tips for Festival Star
-A slow grower, so plan accordingly.
-Cold vernalization adds to bud count, but warmer temperatures are needed to elongate flower stems.
-Warm and slightly dry conditions after transplanting speeds root in and growth.
-High light in production is essential.
-Plants can be finished outdoors in late spring (if hardened off), however, both finishing and flowering times will be increased.

When planted in combinations it is best to build combinations from established plants.

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