Organic Gypsophila Elegans Covent Garden
Gypsophila Elegans: Gypsophila elegans
- Simple white flower surrounded by lacy, ferny foliage.
- Great for balcony planting, patio pots and cut flowers.
- Sow: February (indoors), After the last frost (outdoors)
- Harvest: June-August
Native to Eastern Europe, Asia and North Africa, most gypsophila species are found in calcium-rich soils - Gypsophila was first grown in the UK in 1759. This garden favourite has hundreds of tiny, single white flowers on wire-thin branches on each stem, giving an airy impression. The flowers themselves are tiny; the plants are covered with myriads of white blossoms all during the summer. It can grow to anywhere between 40 and 80 cm in height and is suited to garden beds, balcony and patio pots. It is also popular as a cut flower, as well as for drying.
Sow: February (indoors), after the last frost (outdoors). Sow 3mm deep in good organic seed compost, 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frosts, when the seedlings are a big enough to handle, transplant into 8cm pots. Sow direct outdoors in spring after the last frost on a sunny open site with good drainage. Soil should not be too rich or you will get large plants but few flowers. Plain 'Top Soil' works best - do not fertilise. Thin seedlings to 30cm apart and pinch out to encourage bushiness.
Grow: Prefers a sunny spot. Do not overwater or over feed with fertiliser as this will suppress flowers.
Harvest: June to October. Regularly cut flowers and deadhead faded ones to encourage more blooms all summer.