So, you want to grow dusty miller in your house or the garden or wanna know about this white shine plant.
Then you have clicked on the correct page. Here, I have covered how, where, when, and why not to grow dusty miller, including a few facts.
So, keep reading.
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Dusty miller is a perennial plant species that have attention-grabbing white frost foliage. These silver-white foliage give them a unique look from other green plants.
Jacobaea Maritima(formerly known as Senecio cineraria) is commonly known as Silver ragwort. It is a perennial plant species in the genus Jacobaea in the family Asteraceae which is native to the Mediterranean region.
It is sometimes called ‘Dusty miller‘ and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for its white densely wooly hair (tomentose) leaves.
Silver Ragwort is a white wooly, drought-tolerant evergreen subshrub. There is no trouble in growing Silver Ragwort.
You can plant it anywhere in pots or gardens and it will grow with reliable silver foliage.
Quick Growing Guide
Dusty miller, silver ragwort
6 to 18 inches
Average and well-drained
5.5 to 6.0
8 to 10
Dusty miller helps the garden to maintain its beauty throughout the heat of the summer.
Although, its flower bloom is mid-summer small yellow blooms are not considered snowy because they are small and they are also frost tolerant.
The plant size grows 1 foot tall and few flowers bloom in the late summer. This plant is grown as an annual and discarded after the first season.
All varieties of Silver ragworts are best for gardening. Some are very fine, while others are only slightly lobed.
Variety like “Cirrus” has broad leaves with scalloping on the edges.
and “Silverado” is the fern-like foliage popular in many gardens.
Whereas, “Silver Lace” has very fine foliage, as the name implies.
As I earlier mentioned, this species is not good for growing from seed. It might show unexpected results.
Instead, it is better to find plants at your local nursery or garden center. But if you want to give it a try, I will recommend the Silver dust cultivar.
It is available on amazon.
How to Propagate
Growing dusty miller is very easy, you do not need any fancy gardening equipment.
You can grow from seeds as well as division. Although, propagation from seeds is time taking as compared to division. But, we will discuss both methods so that you will be able to propagate at your convenience.
How to grow from seeds
If you decide to grow dusty miller from seeds then you should start from plant school that is pot.
Starting from pots has a few benefits like it will be easy to take care of and monitor their growth, plus you be able to place the pot anywhere.
Take a medium-sized pot around 5-6 inches wide in diameter.
Collect 2-3 fresh seeds of dusty miller cultivar, you be permitted to buy or take from other parent plants.
Avoid using dry or old seeds, they might not germinate.
Fill one-third of the pot with high-quality potting mix soil. The soil has every necessary minerals and nutrient that will help to thrive a healthy plant.
Make a hole in the center of the pot with your finger or pencil and put the seeds inside it.
You should sow 2-3 seeds at a time, sowing many seeds in a single hole might not germinate.
Do not make holes too deep, you can also press seeds against the soil to sow them.
Pour some water to make the soil moist. Also, make sure that your pot has adequate drainage holes.
Good drainage is essential, otherwise, the water gets stuck in the bottom and causes damage to the plant.
Place the pot in the sunnier spot, where it gets direct sunlight.
It will take nearly 14 – 15 days to germinate seeds, do not worry if it takes a bit longer.