Moluccella laevis (Bells of Ireland) seeds
Delightful annual plant with very decorative, long spikes of fragrant white to pink flowers with prominent green collars. Makes a bold statement in the summer border as well as being perfect for floral art. Excellent as both freshly cut flowers and dried flowers for longer lasting arrangements.
Half Hardy Annual
Flowers: August & September
Position: Sun in well drained soil
Packet of 100 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow March – June for flowers from August to October.
Chill seeds in the fridge for 5 days – wrap seeds in moistened kitchen roll and seal in a bag or lidded container.
Sow onto the surface of a moist seed compost and just cover with a very fine sprinkling of sieved compost or vermiculite/perlite. Seal in a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at around 15C. Germination usually takes 21 to 35 days.
Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up individually into 8cm pots and grow on in cooler conditions, preferably 10-15C. Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in the garden in a sunny spot in well drained soil.