Bells of Ireland (Shell flower)
Bells of Ireland (Shell flower) Bells of Ireland (Shell flower)

Bells of Ireland (Shell flower)


Moluccella laevis

Also known as Molucca Balm, Bells of Ireland is a lightly scented plant with tiny white flowers that are surrounded by paper-like apple green calyces. The plant makes interesting and long-lasting cut flowers and is highly prized for bouquets. It has additional value as dried flowers. Spikes of bright green bell-shaped “flowers” atop 21/2 in. branching stems. Each green bell is really a showy inflated calyx with a tiny pinkish flower inside. When dried, bells turn creamy white. Likes partial shade; thrives in cool climates. Will self sow.

 * Fragrant

Uses: Beds and borders, Novel accent, Drying

Annual. Indicative height: 2 to 3 ft. Approx. 30 seeds

Product Code: DAM03
Availability: 75
Price: Rs 99
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Days to Germinate: 21 to 36

Germination Temperature: 12 to 24 (°C)

Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well-drained

Sowing Depth: Surface or 1/16 in. Press seed into soil, do not cover or cover very lightly as light is required for germination.

Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended

Water: Moderately depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not too wet

Sun: Prefers sun but loves partial shade

Notes: Do not cover seeds or cover very lightly as light is needed for germination. Germination can be slow or irregular. Therefore, do no be hasty in discarding the pots where there seeds are sown. Pre-chilling for a week improves germination. Grow in any well-drained garden soil but add compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting. Will self sow.

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