Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller silverdust


Blooming Season: Grown for foliage

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Low maintenance

Water: Light

Fertilize: Once a month

Height: 10"

Width: 10"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

 Dusty Miller, is a stunning silver-leaved plant that adds a touch of elegance to any garden or container. It is a mid-sized foliage plant with an upright habit that is great for containers or garden beds.

1. Choose the right location:

Dusty Miller thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is important to select a location in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Ensure that the area has well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, as Dusty Miller prefers slightly dry conditions.

2. Prepare the soil:

Before planting Dusty Miller, it is essential to prepare the soil properly. Mix organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil to improve its fertility and drainage. Dusty Miller prefers slightly alkaline soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. In containers, use a good quality soilless mix.

3. Watering:

While Dusty Miller is drought-tolerant, it is important to provide regular watering during dry, hot spells. Pay attention to wilting but if it does wilt it will recover quite quickly with watering. Water deeply, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

4. Fertilizing:

Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer to your Dusty Miller plants in early spring. This will provide them with the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. 

5. Pruning:

To maintain a compact and bushy appearance,  the tips of your Dusty Miller plants can be pinched back  when they reach a height of 6-8 inches to maintain a tidy appearance. Pinching is certainly not necessary though.

6. Pests and diseases:

Dusty Miller is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for aphids and spider mites. If necessary, treat them with an organic insecticide or use a strong blast of water to dislodge them.



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