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Anyone who tends and cares for their garden usually wants to grow the necessary plants themselves. The annual summer flowers in particular can be sown with good results, but so can the perennial gypsophila (Latin: Gypsophila paniculata).

Gypsophila is sown outdoors in autumn

Where do you get the seeds from?

In nurseries and specialist shops you can get seeds for annual types of Gypsophila as well as for perennials. Pay close attention to the labeling on the seed bag so that you get the variety you really want. You will certainly get the largest selection on the Internet, but you will get better advice from a garden center.

How to sow your gypsophila outdoors

The seeds of the gypsophila should be spread as widely as possible so that the seedlings do not grow too densely. Then the little plants can later be pricked out better and planted individually, if it is still necessary at all.

Cover the seeds with very little soil and then moisten them a little. It is best to just spray the seeds instead of watering them. Sowing should ideally take place from March to June. Occasionally sowing in autumn is also recommended, then the plants should flower earlier next year than if sowed in spring.

The soil on which you sow the gypsophila should be nice and loose. If it is too firm, work some sand into the area you plan to sow. In addition, there must be no waterlogging, otherwise the seedlings will begin to rot. The so-called stem rot is the greatest danger for the young plants.

Sowing in the pot

Of course, you can also sow your gypsophila in a pot and grow it indoors. Do not scatter too many seeds in a pot, put some soil on top and spray them with a little water. Then cover the pot with a glass plate or foil. Air the seeds regularly to prevent rot from forming.

The essentials in brief:

  • loose, permeable soil
  • sow widely
  • cover with little soil
  • Moisten seeds only slightly

tips and tricks

Be sure to protect the seeds from too much moisture so that they do not die of stem rot.

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