Gypsophila from Kenya
Gypsophila is a genus of flowering plants in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae. They are native to Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Turkey has a particularly high diversity of Gypsophila taxa, with about 35 endemic species.Some Gypsophila are introduced species in other regions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsophila
Gypsophila also know as Baby’s breath and is used for so many different kinds of floral arrangements – such as jar center pieces, church pew arrangements, flower crowns, bouquets, vases, etc. Once the pieces from the one stem of baby’s breath is bunched together, you can see that a little goes a long way. That one stem could be enough for a standard jar center piece. If you want a more full arrangement, you will need 2 stems. For a full bouquet, 5-7 stems. A boutonniere will only take a fraction of a stem. Depending upon the head size, a flower crown will require between 4 and 6 stems.
ENHANCING BLOOM OPENING
To accelerate the opening of the tiny blooms, rapidly – shake – the freshly cut stems of the bunches up and down in a container of warm flower-food solution. Buds will pop open like miniature popcorn. Some researchers say that adding one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of flower-food solution also can promote bloom opening.
The stems of some Gypsophila varieties can become entwined easily and can be damaged if not separated carefully. To untangle stems, hold them upside down, and gently shake them up and down to loosen and separate.
DRYING AND PRESERVING TIPS
Gypsophila can be air dried by placing it upright in an empty vase or hanging it upside down in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated environment. These flowers also can be preserved in a glycerin/water mixture (one part glycerine to two parts water).
Chemical compounds (saponins) in baby’s breath stems can cause asthmatic or dermatological reactions in some people, so be careful when handling these flowers. Use latex gloves, if needed.
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