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Bells of Ireland / Moluccella
Bells of Ireland Description
Bells of Ireland is a half-hardy annual and despite it's name is actually a native of Syria and Turkey. The flowers are little and not particularly attractive however Bells of Ireland is a favourite of florists because of the large green bell-shaped calyces that surround the small white flowers. These calyces occur along the length of tall spikes.
This is a fast-growing border plant with unusual qualities including an ability to survive for months as cut flowers in water. It is best to cut Bells of Ireland in good dry weather at the end of the summer.
Cultivation of Bells of Ireland Plants
Bells of Ireland seeds should be sown in early spring in boxes of seed compost at a temperature range of 15 degrees Celsius, under glass.
Prick out the germinated seeds into boxes and harden off before planting out in late spring. Individual plants should be spaced 24cm apart. The ideal conditions for planting Bells of Ireland are in an open sunny site with good garden soil that drains well.
This plant is partially hardy and therefore seeds may be planted directly into their permanent site in mid spring.
Bells of Ireland Pests and Diseases
Bells of Irelands can be relatively free of any diseases or pests which makes this an ideal choice for novice gardeners.
|Height 60cm || |
Bells of Ireland - Scientific Classification
|Planting distance: 24cm ||Kingdom ||Plantae |
|Flowers from late summer until early autumn ||Order ||Lemiales |
|Light but rich soil ||Family ||Lamiaceae |
|Sunny position ||Genus ||Moluccella |
|Half-hardy annual || || |