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Seeds from Bells of Ireland.....Molucella Seeds

Type: Annual
Common Names: Bells of Ireland
Height: 12" to 24"
Flower color: Green
Bloom time: Summer
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Average to Rich
Other info: An excellent fresh cut flower, but watch out for the spurs. Also a wonder dried flower combining very well in arrangements. Self-sows.

Bells of Ireland
** Bells of Ireland flower **

#1397 Molucella (Bells of Ireland):
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[30 seeds per packet]
Germination: Slightly difficult germination. My germination handbook says freeze seed packet 5-7 days prior to sowing. Then soak seeds in warm water for 7 days (I guess you would have to change water often ??). Then sow in medium covering seeds and alternating temperatures between 80°F days and 60°F nights. To me, the easiest method is outdoor container sowing. Sow the seeds 6-8 weeks prior to last spring frost. Sow seed in container on good seed starting mix. Cover seeds lightly. Moisten mix and place container inside baggie to retain moisture. Place container in an outdoor sheltered location (when freeze may still occur) out of the direct sun. Germination will begin as weather warms. Seedlings are easy to transplant to garden location.

Informational/Photo Links:
1) Bells of Ireland at Dave's Garden
2) Molucella laevis in Wikipedia
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