Gypsophila Muralis

This compact Gypsophila is a relatively unusual introduction to the house-plant/patio market from Danish breeders and is a notable addition to the range. At 21cm (8in) tall, Gypsophila muralis is a far more useful plant for baskets and window-boxes than the other Gypsophila (both perennial and annual), which are rather large and sprawling. The very narrow, but long (to 2cm/1in), leaves clothe the spreading, wire stems and enhance the myriad of pinkish-white blooms, which appear between late Summer and Autumn (July to September). This annual native of Europe, the Caucasus and Siberia has to be purchased as an established plant, as seed is not readily available in the UK

Use this annual outside once all danger of frost has passed: as any plants offered early in the season will have been grown under glass, harden them off well before setting them outdoors.

Gypsophila muralis will bloom best and for longer if the plants are positioned in full sun.

Water this patio plant thoroughly, then water again once the surface of the compost has begun to dry out: Gypsophila is a plant of limestone and does not mind alkaline water.

This tough annual has no need of any additional humidity.

If Gypsophila muralis is planted in fresh compost, feeding is not necessary until 6-8 weeks after planting: thereafter, feed every ten days with a proprietary feed.

As an annual, this plant will not require repotting: grow it in a free-draining, loam-based compost, which should contain lime – ready-blended mixtures are available.

If you can find the plants, use Gypsophila muralis with other Summer bedding or Summer-flowering annuals: with pastel shades of pink, soft mauve (Pelargonium) and with the blues of Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella), or as a foamy plant to contrast with the many Aiyyranthemum, which are now so popular. Gypsophila muralis makes a useful cut flower.

PLANT SURGERY

Draughts Few pests trouble this plant, but the delicate stems may be damaged by winds, so site any tubs or baskets away from draughts.

19. June 2013 by admin
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