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I have about 6 dusty millers planted in my front flower bed, mixed with other plants, ranging from 3-6 inches apart. Recently we have been under flood warnings left and right. This morning I walked out, when it wasn't raining, and saw that all my dusty millers were down to the stems. Do you think that rabbits are eating them? How do I fix the problem?
By Amanda C.
I don't know what it could be eating your plants. I do know that I am thoroughly fed up with both squirrels and rabbits eating my flowers, and the squirrels digging the dirt out so they can eat the roots. Unfortunately where I live it is illegal to shoot pellet guns in town.
Buy a product called liquid fence and spray this on your plants. It will keep rabbits and deer from eating your plants. Follow the directions on the container. It is available from most garden centers, Ace hardware and other stores.
How can you winterize Dusty Millers? Would they be able to survive if kept on an unheated enclosed porch that does get some sun?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By Susan from Belleville, IL
Hmm. I've never overwintered Dusty Miller because they usually come back in my area. But that suggests to me that maybe they'll benefit from overwintering procedures for geraniums or fuchsias? Pot up, cut back to about 2/3. Keep outside until just before frost. Start reducing water. Just before frost, give them a thorough foliage wash to get rid of most bugs and bring inside. Good luck.