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Cineraria (Dusty Miller) Silver Dust

Senecio cruentus

The flower clusters are up to 12 in. across and are composed of numerous daisy-like flowers many having a white circle towards the centre. The plant is also known as Dusty Miller, and is prized  for its fern-like, silver grey leaves, sometimes with loose clusters of yellow daisy flowers in summer, that add contrast to any flower garden. It is relatively easy to grow.

Uses: Beds, Container, Cut flowers

Perennial. Indicative height: Up to 3 ft.



Tips for Growing Cineraia

Days to Germinate: 14 to 21

Germination Temperature: 16 to 25 °C

Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well drained

Sowing Depth: Just cover – sprinkle a fine layer of the sowing media or vermiculite over the seeds after sowing

Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended

Water: Moderately to sparingly

Sun: Prefers full sun but tolerates shade

Notes: Pat the seeds down gently in the sowing media, light aids germination. Cineraria is a perennial but best grown as an annual. Germination can be slow or erratic – do not be hasty in discarding the sowing pots. The floral display makes the wait worthwhile. The plant requires protection from full sun, frosts and strong wind. It is quite easy to grow, preferring a sunny location but will do quite well in partial shade. It needs a well-drained soil and will tolerate dry conditions. The cineraria plants grown in shady conditions display the most intense colours. Cinerarias generally are not bothered by pests, like whiteflies and aphids, unless the plant is already under stress from another condition. Powdery mildew can attack the plant if the environment is too moist, either from over-watering or humidity. Small seeds.


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