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Bells of Ireland

Moluccella laevis. Prior to sowing, soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to assist germination and direct sow 2 weeks before the last spring frost date. Readily self-sowing in the garden, it is also good for container plantings, bouquets and dried flower arrangements. To dry, cut the flowering spires when the flowers are fully open and hang them upside down in a dry spot with good air circulation. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.

Average seed life: 3 years.

Bells of Ireland

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Commonly known as The Shellflower, this prized 1570 heirloom produces 2 to 3 foot spires of pale to emerald green, 1" funnel-shaped bells enclosing fragrant, tiny white flowers with outright foliage. Bells of Ireland helps us make gardens into really magical places. Its height and structural spires are terrific in summer flower arrangements.

One packet of about 100 seeds
Catalog #7230
$3.55
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Gardening Tips

Bells of Ireland Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:0”
Seed Spacing:3”-4”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination:25-35 days
Germination Temperature:55°-65°F

Moluccella laevis, aka Shellflower. Direct-sow Bells of Ireland 2 weeks before the last frost date. Prior to sowing, soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to assist germination. Sow in a rich, well-draining garden bed in full to partial sunlight. Water regularly and feed as needed with manure tea, kelp or fish emulsion. Or start transplants indoors 6 to 8 weeks before setting out around the last frost date. Sow seeds on top of sterile starter mix, leaving the seeds uncovered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light is needed for germination. Provide good air circulation, strong light and even moisture. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days before transplanting them out 12" apart. Readily self-sowing, this prized 1570 heirloom produces 2' to 3' spires of pale to emerald green, 1" funnel-shaped bells enclosing tiny, fragrant white flowers. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.