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Bells of Ireland
Bells of Ireland
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Bells of Ireland

Moluccella laevis
Fresh green bells, the calyx, surround the tiny true flowers of the palest lavender and white. These bells grow in whorls around the minty-scented hollow stems of this cut flower favorite. Cultivated for centuries since its introduction from Syria in 1570, it can be dried, the bells eventually fading to a tea-rinsed linen hue.
SKU #S255
$3.25
Growing Companions
Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lime'
Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lime'
Orlaya 'White Lace'
Orlaya 'White Lace'
Ridolfia 'Goldspray'
Ridolfia 'Goldspray'
Love-in-a-Mist 'Delft Blue'
Love-in-a-Mist 'Delft Blue'
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
90
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
2-3' h x 1-1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer
Color
Shells of green surrounding pale lavender to white
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8"
Sprout Time:
14-21 days
Seed To Bloom:
12-16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start in containers 8-10 weeks before last spring frost. Sow in peat pots and refrigerate for 5 days, then keep at about 60-65°F. Alternating warm and cool temperatures can be beneficial, 50-75F.
Starting Outdoors:
Recommended. Direct sow at last frost date; fall in mild winter areas (zones 8-10).
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
At last spring frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Bells of Ireland is a rarity in the flower garden but a star of the cutting garden, grown for the cup-shaped green calyces that provide all the decorative effect. Grow with purple nicotianas and heliotrope for a vivid contrast, or cut for long-lasting fresh bouquets. Best in cooler summer areas, as it resents heat. It may require staking in windy locations if straight stems are needed. Caution: stems have small thorns.
Final Spacing:
1'
Water Requirements:
High Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep moist—1+" per week is recommended, but avoid saturated soils.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.
Fertilizer:
Add 1" of compost or mix in an organic fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut fresh when half of the flowers have opened, or when the stem length is optimum. Cut for dried arrangements when all of the "bells" are firm.