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Fog flower, Bride's veil - Gypsophila paniculata


GeneralitŠ°


Gypsophila paniculata is a genus that groups together some perennial and annual herbaceous plants originating in Europe, America and Asia. G. panicolata, perennial, appears as a low rosette of narrow and long gray-green leaves, from which branch off long woody stems, of silvery-gray color, covered with small flowers, simple or double, rounded, of white color , more rarely pink. The common name of this kind of plant is a wedding veil, or even a mist flower.
In winter, the stems of the bridal veil dry completely, both in the annual and perennial varieties. The flowering of the fog flower usually begins in spring and lasts for a long time, sometimes it can be repeated in late summer.

Exposure



The Gypsophila paniculata plant likes full sun, even if, on the hottest days of July and August, it is advisable to shade it slightly to avoid that too strong sunlight could ruin it. To prevent the strong winds or rain from ruining the flowers of the bridal veil, it is advisable to plant it there gypsophila in a sheltered place, such as, for example, in a place close to a wall. The flower of the fog does not fear the cold.

Watering



To obtain a better flowering of the bridal veil it is advisable to supply water regularly, avoiding excesses, since it is easier for this plant to bear a short period of drought rather than an excess of water in the soil; then let the substratum dry well between one watering and another.
In winter, avoid supplying water to the mist flower specimens, to avoid favoring root rot, to which this plant can be easily subjected if the soil does not have the right degree of drainage and allows the formation of water stagnation.

Ground



the gypsophile prefer well-drained and fertile soils, possibly calcareous and rich in coarse material, such as perlite or expanded clay. The Gypsophila paniculata does not like stagnant or too low pH soils that can cause serious problems to the health of the plant and a lack of flowering.

Multiplication


To obtain new specimens of this type, in the autumn season, you can take cuttings, but the propagation by seed is more common; It is advisable to sow in late summer or at the end of winter, in containers filled with a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts.
The seedlings so prepared must be kept in a shady, damp place and protected from the cold. When the seedlings have germinated bring the seedbed to the sun, possibly keeping it covered with material such as glass or plastic, so as to always keep the soil slightly damp.
In late spring place the seedlings in the dwelling, remembering never to let the soil dry until it is fully rooted, but always avoiding an excessive supply of water.

Flower of the fog, Bride's veil - Gypsophila paniculata: Pests and diseases



The Gypsophila paniculata plant is very rustic and is rarely attacked by parasites, sometimes it can still be ruined by aphids. The specific treatments available on the market prove to be very effective to counteract this problem, or it is possible to prepare a water-based compound in which to boil garlic, to be vaporized on the affected plants.
Gypsophiles suffer particularly from root rot, especially if kept, as they say, with the wet foot, that is in soil that is too wet and poorly drained.