Interesting looking flower stems are composed of shells of green bells closely set around the central stalk. Often the bells are placed so tight on the stalk there is little room for leaves. The tiny white flowers are actually found at the base of the green bells. The blooming stems can be cut and used in fresh arrangements. When dried, the bells will turn a light brown colour. Plants typically grow to 60 cm (2') in height. If the weather is hot, flower stalks are elongated and the bells (bracts) are spaced further apart. Heirloom flower. Moluccella Laevis.
|How To Grow||Sow seed indoors in a soil-less mix in early April, pre-chilling at 0 C (32 F) for 10 to 12 days. Move to 21 C (70 F) for germination. Be patient as Bells of Ireland is a sporadic germinator. After germination, grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and transplanting to a sunny site in the garden. Direct sowing outdoors is more successful if the seed is sown in mid April.|
|Blooming Season Begins||High Summer|
|Days to Emergence||irregular 10 to 30|
|Height||Medium (50 to 70 cm)(20" to 28")|
|Frost Tolerance||Killed by Frost|
|Degree of Difficulty||Prior Experience Beneficial|
Superb dried flower
Back of the border.