Molucella laevis (Bells of Ireland) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I had trouble growing bells of Ireland for years: after transplanting, the plants always stayed short and scrawny and didn’t look much like the catalog pictures. This past year, I finally tried direct sowing and got much better results. (From an early March sowing, seedlings appeared in late April.) Based on that experience, I’d say that sowing where you want the plants to grow, in early to late spring, is the best way to go. Don’t cover the seeds; just press them into the soil surface and keep them moist. Expect the seeds to take several weeks to germinate.

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Bells of Ireland is a must-have for lovers of green flowers. To be honest, the long-lasting green “bells” are actually calyces, with a tiny, white, true bloom in the center of each calyx, but that’s kind of nit-picky: the plump, densely packed spikes look like fascinating flowers in the garden. The plants typically reach 2 to 3 feet tall and bloom through most of the summer. The spikes work well for cutting, but watch out for the small, sharp thorns. Bells of Ireland doesn’t like sultry summers and generally performs best in cooler climates. Full sun to light shade. Annual.

Harvested in July and August 2020. At least 15 seeds.

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