Bells of Ireland Seeds
- 100 Seeds
- 100-120 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Produces tall spikes adorned with green, bell-shaped calyxes
- Grows to a height of 24-36 inches
- Prefers full sun and moist, well-draining soil
- Exceptional in both fresh and dried floral arrangements
- Acts as a striking backdrop in mixed flower beds
- Attracts bees and other pollinators with its subtle, pleasant fragrance
Origin & History:
Despite the name, Bells of Ireland, scientifically known as Moluccella laevis, do not hail from Ireland. Their origin traces back to western Asia, particularly Syria. The name stems from the plant's green color, reminiscent of the Emerald Isle. Throughout history, these flowers have been associated with good luck and were often used in wedding bouquets and arrangements to bring prosperity and happiness to the couple.
Bells of Ireland are treasured mainly for ornamental purposes. Their unique structure and vibrant green color make them stand out in floral displays, and they have been a favorite of florists for decades. The long-lasting stems are exceptional in both fresh bouquets and dried arrangements, retaining their color even when dried. Additionally, the pleasant scent of Bells of Ireland can be mildly aromatic, especially when brushed against or crushed, adding an olfactory element to gardens or arrangements.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
Start by sowing the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost or directly outdoors in early spring. Plant seeds just below the surface of a well-draining soil mix. While germination can sometimes be tricky, chilling the seeds in the refrigerator for a week before planting can enhance germination rates. Once seedlings are established and the threat of frost has passed, transplant them outdoors, spacing them about 12 inches apart. Bells of Ireland thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. They appreciate consistent moisture but should not be left in standing water. As the plant grows, it may require staking to support the tall spikes, especially in windy locations.
Immerse your garden in a touch of the unexpected with the Bells of Ireland seeds. This striking plant, with its tall, green bell-like structures, offers both visual appeal and a rich history of symbolism. Whether you're crafting an intricate bouquet or designing a lush garden, the Bells of Ireland stand as a testament to nature's endless beauty and variety.