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Dusty Miller, Silver Lace

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The most finely cut Dusty Miller with lacy silver-gray foliage.

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Compact, slow-growing, excellent foliage plant for borders, edgings and pots. GARDEN HINTS: For earlier foliage effect, sow indoors 4-6 weeks before outdoor planting time.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

7 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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    Dusty Miller
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Dusty Miller may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last expected heavy spring frost
  • Sow evenly and thinly and cover with ½ inch of seed starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 65-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding. Space seedlings 8-10 inches apart in the garden.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in full sun and well-drained soil after all danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 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 1-2 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.
  • Sow thinly and evenly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days depending on the soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 6 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Dusty miller makes an excellent edging, border, rock garden, or container plant.
  • Use the cut foliage for contrast in fresh flower arrangements.
  • Plants are drought resistant.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
7 inches
Spread
8 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
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Dusty Miller, Silver Lace is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unique and quick growing I started the seeds one month before setting out. I have been rather shocked at their quick growth, lovely lacey leaf habbit, and vase life. These add just the right touch of white color and lacey texture that I was looking for in my cut flower business. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Seeds I tried to germinate these seeds two different times and nothing
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dusty miller It still hasn't sprouted. I'm just watering the soil
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this plant to put on my grandmas grave for a year. Three years later it was the size of a bush. Beautiful plant.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting annual I purchased 4 small plants 4 years ago for my front garden and this year they flowered. They have never died back and grow bigger each year. I don't know why except that in my zone 7b garden, the conditions have been very favorable. I love the little clusters of yellow flowers that started in June and just keep coming. I love Dusty Miller as they provide outstanding foliage and now have beautiful clusters of yellow flowers. Amazing!!
Date published: 2008-08-18
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