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Bells of Ireland Seeds - Moluccella

Botanical - Moluccella laevis


Seed Count:
150 Seeds
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Price £1.78

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150 Seeds.

Other Names - Shell Flower…

Bells of Ireland or Moluccella is fast growing, producing tall elegant spikes covered with rounded shell-like pale green leaves and a delicate small white flower in the centre of each shell. It is ideal for drying and using as winter decorations. A superb variety for adding contrast to the flower beds and particularly works well when grown with other colourful tall growing flowers.

  • Excellent in fresh or dried bouquets.
  • Distinctive, sturdy plants.
  • Slightly fragrant white blooms.

Suitable For - Flowers for drying, flowers for cutting, architectural gardens, wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, containers

Sowing Months - February - April

Flowering Months - August - September

Soil Preperation

To help with moisture retention and fertility add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil. If the soil is a heavy clay add some gritty sand to help with drainage. Remove weeds from the area.

General Information
Habit Annual Soil type Well drained, moderately fertile soil
Type   Distance between plants 20 - 30 cm
Position Full sun Sowing depth 2 mm
Average height 60 - 90 cm Germination Temperature 18 to 21℃
Average spread 20 - 30 cm Days to germination 21 - 30 days
Hardiness Half hardy down to 0 RHS Bee friendly No
Soil Ph   RHS Award winner No

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow moluccella seeds on the surface of moist compost in trays, modules or pots.
Lightly cover the seeds with fine compost or vermiculite.
To germinate place the container in a clear polythene bag and seal or place in a propagator. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
If after 30 days the seeds have not germinated place the container in a fridge at around 4°c for 2 - 3 weeks. After this time place the container back in the propagator or bag to germinate for a further 2 - 3 weeks.
As soon as germination starts remove from the propagator or sealed bag and place in a lit area with a slightly reduced temperature.
Keep the compost moist however avoid overwatering.
As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out into 7 - 10 cm pots.
Grow on in frost free conditions. Plant out when the plants are strong and all risk of frost has passed.
Before planting out it is important to harden off the plants over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock.

Direct Sowing

For best results start the plants indoors.

Growing On

Water well until established.
To dry, simply harvest the spikes in dry weather during September. Hang the spikes upside down in a dry location. Ensure there is good ventilation between each flower spike so that each spike dries evenly and thoroughly.
These flower spikes when dry turn a golden yellow colour and can be left as they are or if preferred they can be sprayed with a little festive colours!


The strong sturdy tall stems should not require staking unless the location is exposed or windy.

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