Bells of Ireland
Highly prized for bouquets! Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is grown for its showy spikes of green, cup-shaped calyxes –18- to 24-inches tall — surrounded by tiny white flowers. A sure standout in the garden, it’s perfect for beds, borders and cut flower arrangements. Color and shape lasts a long time when dried. (Annual)
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Growing Tips:
Native to Turkey, this cool weather, self-sowing annual grows well in most zones provided it is not too hot. Seeds are slow to germinate and may be sown indoors under lights 6- to 8-weeks before the last frost date of spring. May also be direct sown outdoors, on the soil surface, once temperatures have warmed. Keep moist and mulch to conserve moisture loss and discourage weeds. Plants are top heavy and may require staking in windy locations.
Note: Germination is greatly improved with a 1- to 2-week cold treatment. Place seeds and slightly damp paper towels in a Ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator crisper prior to planting.