Gypsophila, otherwise known as Baby's Breath or simply 'Gyp' in the floristry trade, is a genus of the Caryophyllaceae family. Gypsophila naturally grows on calcium rich soils including gypsum - hence the name gypsophila! It's botanical name literally means 'lover of chalk'.
Gypsophila is important in the flower industry and is commonly used as a filler, creating a softening effect aswell. The flowers are tiny, depending on the variety between 3 - 10mm in diameter, and there are 1000's on each branched stem.
Gypsophila is commonly used in the USA to decorate childrens hair at occasions such as weddings. It is also a very popular wedding flower in the UK.
In the wholesale flower markets gypsophila is sold in wraps of 25 stems and is available in a number of varieties, grades and stem lengths. As a rule of thumb, the taller the stem length, the better the quality.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut gypsophilia please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the gypsophlia in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the gypsophilia in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.