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Aphids: Greenish, red, black or peach colored sucking insects can spread disease as they feed on the undersides of leaves. They leave a sticky residue on foliage that attracts ants. Burpee Recommends: Introduce or attract natural predators into your garden such as lady beetles and wasps who feed on aphids.

You can also wash them off with a strong spray, or use an insecticidal soap. Leafhoppers: Leafhoppers cause injury to leaves and stunt growth. They also spread disease.

Burpee Recommends: Remove plant debris. Use insecticidal soaps. Consult your Cooperative Extension Service for other insecticide recommendations.

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Rabbits: Chew on plant leaves. Damage is similar to deer damage but not usually as extensive.

Burpee Recommends: Use a hot pepper wax spray or rabbit repellent. Spider Mites: These tiny spider-like pests are about the size of a grain of pepper. They may be red, black, brown or yellow.

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They suck on the plant juices removing chlorophyll and injecting toxins which cause white dots on the foliage. There is often webbing visible on the plant. They cause the foliage to turn yellow and become dry and stippled. They multiply quickly and thrive in dry conditions. Burpee Recommends: Spider mites may be controlled with a forceful spray every other day. Try hot pepper wax or insecticidal soap. Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for miticide recommendations. Whitefly: These are small white flying insects that often rise up in a cloud when plants are disturbed or brushed against.

Burpee Recommends: They are difficult to control without chemicals.

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Check with your Cooperative Extension Service for pesticide recommendations. This grows to be a large and wide plant and is generally not recommended for containers unless they are very large.

Yes, it attracts bees and other beneficial insects. It prefers at least six to eight hours per day. Some species are annual and will die at the end of the season, although they may self-sow, and others are hardy and can survive frost. Areas of Interest.

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How to Sow Direct sow seeds in well drained soil in full sun after danger of frost. Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top inches of soil ; then level and smooth.

Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level. It can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost.

After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season. Firm soil lightly with your hand, water and keep evenly moist. Seedlings will emerge in days. You can purchase both annual or perennial varieties. Perennial baby's breath will bloom for a long period during the mid-summer season. The annual plant will bloom for the summer, then die-off, whereas perennial varieties continue to bloom year after year. Choosing a site to grow baby's breaths Baby's breath is best grown in full sun, although it will get by with as little as 4 hours of direct sun.

In full sun, baby's breath is easy to grow and is drought tolerant as well. It prefers rich, well drained or sandy soil conditions. Planting Instructions Plant baby's breath in early spring. Plant at the same depth that the plant was growing in its container. Because baby's breath is susceptible to stem rot, be sure to grade the soil away from the plant to help prevent water collecting and damaging the plants.