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How to Sow Giant Bells of Ireland Seeds

30 Giant Bells of Ireland Seeds UK Annual White Moluccella Dried Flower Plants 2

How to Sow Giant Bells of Ireland Seeds

Giant Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) are charming annual plants known for their tall spikes adorned with clusters of bell-shaped, vibrant green calyxes. These unique and visually appealing plants can be a delightful addition to your garden

How to Grow Giant Bells of Ireland from Seed

  • Soil Preparation: Prepare a well-draining soil bed in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. Loosen the soil and remove any debris. Incorporate organic compost to improve soil fertility and drainage, creating an ideal environment for the seeds to flourish
  • Seed Sowing Advice: Sow bells of ireland seeds in the UK, either in autumn or spring. Avoid sowing during winter or mid-summer when the conditions might not be ideal for germination. Scatter the seeds directly onto the bare earth in the chosen flowering position. This method will allow the seeds to establish naturally
  • Germination and Temperature: Germination typically occurs within 14 to 21 days. Maintain a consistent temperature range of 65-70°F (18-21°C) for successful germination. You might consider using a seedling heat mat to help maintain the proper temperature
  • Seed Spacing: When sowing the seeds, ensure they’re spaced about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart from each other. This allows sufficient room for each seedling to grow without overcrowding
  • Thinning: Once the seedlings have grown large enough to handle and have developed a couple of true leaves, thin them out to provide ample space for healthy growth. Space the strongest seedlings about 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart

How to Care for Giant Bells of Ireland Seeds

  • Maintenance: Water the seedlings regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. As the plants grow, provide support to their tall stems with stakes to prevent them from falling over. Applying a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks can promote vigorous growth and vibrant colour
  • Maturity: Giant Bells of Ireland will mature over time, and their striking calyxes will transform into charming bells. Allow some of the flowers to go to seed if you wish to encourage self-sowing for the following season
  • Common Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common garden pests such as aphids and caterpillars. If pests appear, you can gently wash them off the plants with a strong stream of water or use insecticidal soap. Additionally, be vigilant for signs of fungal diseases, and avoid overhead watering to prevent waterborne diseases. If needed, treat affected plants with appropriate fungicides following the manufacturer’s instructions

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