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Growing Dusty Miller

Growing Dusty Miller

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Planted for its attractive, silver leaves that set off the colors of other plants. Often used as a border or edging and in mixed containers. Sow outdoors after the last spring frost. Do not cover seed, as light is required for germination. Can start seed indoors 10 to16 weeks before the last frost.

Maintenance

For full sun to partly-shaded locations. Tolerates full shade, especially in warm climates. For well-drained soil, plants dislike soggy soil. Responds well to pruning if plants grow too tall and to remove flowers, which detract from the foliage display. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Neptune's Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other annuals with attractive leaves include Chocolate Covered Cherry Coleus (seed 05469; plants 09152), Salmon Variegated Spreading Sunpatiens (39433), and ornamental grasses.

Complimentary Products

A low to moderate feeder, plants benefit from occasional fertilization. Flowering annuals that combine well with Dusty Miller include Summer Jewel Red Salvia (07770) and Pinto Rose Bicolor Hybrid Geranium (05896).

Product Recommendations

Actinovate Organic Fungicide (50201) can naturally protect plants from diseases.

Dusty Miller Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually free from pests and problems. Can suffer from root or stem rots if grown in poorly drained soils. Usually grown as an annual, plants are actually tender perennials in mild winter climates (hardiness zone 7 or above). 

 

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