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Bridal veil, a very refined plant

Gypsophila paniculata, better known by the name of Bride’s Veil, is a perennial plant widespread in much of the world. Although it is perennial, it does not fall into the evergreen category, since the aerial part dries up in winter. This does not mean that the plant will die, but it is only a part of the life cycle as when the warm season returns it will germinate and bloom again. Numerous flower stems start from its narrow and long leaves, producing a considerable amount of white flowers that give the plant the appearance of a real veil, hence the name Bride’s veil. In some, but sporadic cases, we can see a pink bloom. It finds excellent use in flower beds and borders due to its bushy habit and the tendency not to grow very tall.

Exposure, watering and care


The bride’s veil prefers a sunny exposure, but in regions with warmer climates during the summer months it is recommended to guarantee it a little shade. Being a rustic plant it is able to withstand even low temperatures, however the ideal is to plant it near walls or in any case in sheltered areas, because strong winds and heavy rains can cause considerable damage. It is advisable in winter to cover the roots with a layer of dry leaves to protect it from excessive cold. Once you have found the right location, the more is done, since this plant does not require special care. We will only have to pay attention to watering. In fact, the bride’s veil does not tolerate water stagnation, so it will be necessary to ensure that the waterings are not too close together. It is always worth checking that the soil is dry between irrigations. In order to have an optimal vegetative restart, with the arrival of spring, the dry branches can be eliminated to facilitate the budding of new shoots.

Flowering


The flowering period of the Bride’s Veil begins in April and continues, in favorable weather conditions, throughout the summer. In this period we will see our plant sprinkled with an infinity of flowers that will adorn our garden creating unique atmospheres. The same flowers can be used in multiple ways. By producing a considerable amount of them, we will have the opportunity to collect such a number as to embellish the interiors as well. These flowers lend themselves well to this function as they resist well and for a long time even in pots. Once you have chosen the vase or vases of the appropriate sizes, fill them with warm water and arrange the flowering stems that we have collected. To preserve them even longer, we can add a specific fertilizer for cut flowers to the water. Not only,

Bride’s veil: Multiplication by seed and cutting


We can obtain new Bride’s Veil plants through the cuttings system or by seed propagation. If we want to opt for the first solution, the most suitable period is autumn, but it is an uncommon practice to reproduce this plant. In fact, as a rule, multiplication by seed is performed. The optimal period for this operation is the end of summer or winter. It begins by arranging the seeds of the bride’s veil in containers made of equal parts of sand and peat. It then continues with regular watering to ensure the right level of humidity. During this first phase the seeds are kept away from the sun and this until the sprouts appear. At this point it is possible to move the seedbed to the sun, but care must be taken that the soil is always moist. With the’

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