A Guide to Using Baby’s Breath in Bouquets, Wedding Flowers and Arrangements

“How much baby’s breath do I need?” is a question we hear a lot. This is also a question that is very difficult to answer. Baby’s breath, also called gypsophila, can be used for so many different kinds of floral arrangements – mason jar centerpieces, pew arrangements, flower crowns, bouquets, bud vases, boutonnieres, etc. It’s a filler that goes a long way.

What is in a Bunch of Baby’s Breath?

A single bunch contains about 8-13 stems. They are bundled together in grower’s bunches, which means that they are put together by weight rather than by a strict stem count.

 

babys breath stem2This is ONE stem of baby’s breath. That’s right… one stem. Each stem will vary in shape and size, but all stems will have multiple smaller pieces branching out.

baby's breath scissorWe pruned the stem by cutting off each of the pieces that come off of the main stem.

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And these are some of the pieces that were cut off from the main stem.

baby's breath piecesHere are all of the pieces that came from just that one stem.

baby's breath bunch

And this is what it looks like when all of the smaller pieces from one stem are bunched together. Once the pieces are put together, you can see that a little goes a long way.

How Many Stems Do I Need?

This will help you decide how much baby’s breath you will need.

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How many stems of baby's breath do I need for a centerpiece?1/2 bunch1/2-1 bunch1-1 1/2 bunch
How many stems of baby's breath do I need to fill a mason jar?1/4 bunch1/3 bunch1/2 bunch
How many stems of baby's breath do I need to make a bouquet? 1/4 bunch1/2 bunch3/4-1 bunch
How many stems of baby's breath do I need for a floral crown?2-3 stems3-4 stems4-5 stems

How Much Does Baby’s Breath Cost?

Baby’s breath is a budget-friendly filler because a few stems can go a long way. Most varieties, like gypsophila overtime and gypsophila million star, range from $1.50-$1.90 per stem. Like all flowers, pricing can change with availability at certain times of year, like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. For the best bulk prices, shop our selection here.

 

As you can see, determining quantities for can be a tricky task, but we hope this helped you nail down how much baby’s breath you’ll need! If you have any other questions, leave a comment below or shoot out customer service team an email!

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