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How to Grow Bells of Ireland

Moluccella Germination Information

Moluccella is the botanical name for Bells of Ireland
Moluccella Seed Germination How to Sow Moluccella:
  • Sow indoors at alternating temperatures of 50 and 80°
  • Sow with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 15-25 days
  • Seeds may be hard to germinate; the key is a good swing in the alternating temperature schedule
  • Seeds may also be sown outdoors in early spring where the plants are to grow
  • If sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Moluccella:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space plants 8-10 inches apart in full sun to light shade in any average garden soil

Temperature Plant withstands high humidity

Soil: Drainage should be good and watering moderate of soil. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer

Additional Care: Tolerant of pests and diseases and readily self-sows

Appearance and Use:

Planted in borders for summer flowering and commonly used as a cut flower, both fresh and dried. Floriferous and vigorous plants, they are upright in growth topping out with the 2-3 feet tall flower-bearing stems. These 4-sided stems are hairy. The flowers are overshadowed by the showy, 1 inch diameter, bell-shaped calyx that surrounds each tiny, fragrant, white flower. These bracts are green with white veins and, as the fruit matures, these bracts become papery


About Moluccella:
Pronunciation:  mo-lu-sel’å la’vis
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to Asia Minor
Common Name: Bells of Ireland