Bells of Ireland Seeds


3.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Not only Irish eyes will smile at this unusual plant. Its bright green bells with their tiny white "clappers" are always a conversation piece. Turns straw-colored when dry—a very valuable, long-lasting dried flower. The strain in this packet was selected for its superior cut and/or dried flower use. Reseeds, often producing new plants the following year from self-sown seeds.
$1.99 500 mg (~60 seeds)

Botanical Name: Moluccella laevis

Family: Lamiaceae

Native: Asia and Ukraine

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall

Variety Information: Showy part of flower is large (2") bell-like, apple-green calyx that contains tiny white flowers.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Cut Flower

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMEDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date for chilling period. Seeds will germinate when soil temperature is above 50°F.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in 3" biodegradable pots; roots sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 15–35 days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 plant every 12"

Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest when half of the bells have opened. Be mindful of thorns when harvesting.

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Bells of Ireland Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

striking stems

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2018
This is one of my favorites for designing arrangements. It makes a really unusual statement in the vase.
andrea brooke from IN

Love them

5 out of 5 stars Sep 11, 2020
I'm not the most confident gardener but every one I've planted has grown beautifully. Three get nice and tall and are gorgeous. They also change, with white flowers coming out of the bells. It's lovely to watch them develop.
Amy from CA


1 out of 5 stars Sep 14, 2020
The bells of Ireland took 5 months to germinate and then only two plants developed.
bernadette ronan from WA
Owner Response: Hi Bernadette, These seeds need a chilling period. Sowing them outside for 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost can do wonders for germination. We sure hope you will try again. Happy gardening!

A Bit Disappointed

3 out of 5 stars Feb 11, 2021
I bought a pack of these at my local Green Acres and thought "what a unique looking flower!" so I planted a few in biodegradable cups and they sprouted! but then eventually died, so i ended up sowing a few more which did come up yet died again.
Jeremy from CA
Owner Response: Hi Jeremy, We're are sorry you had difficulty keeping these seedlings alive. It sounds like you may be experiencing dampening off or too much/too little moisture, a fungal issue that isn't associated with the seeds. Seeds are energy and genetic storage devices and they hold enough energy to germinate and grow seedlings to the point that they can photosynthesize and make their own food. Because of this, when we see seedling struggling we look to environmental conditions that are causing this. You can prevent dampening off by sprinkling the seed-starting media with common, household cinnamon just after sowing your seeds. We sure hope that helps. We are always here to help troubleshoot growing issues. Happy gardening!

So fun

5 out of 5 stars Sep 29, 2021
I started these under lights in March. These were spectacular, vigorous and attractive flowers.
Kelly from WA

Terrible time with these. I give up.

1 out of 5 stars Oct 9, 2021
I have tried growing these for some time and have never been able to. I hear how easy they are from packets and reviews- not for this guy. I am a horticulturist by trade and I am bummed that I can't seem to grow Bells of Ireland. Ha!
Joshua from MO
Owner Response: Hi Joshua, We are sorry you have had difficulty with these seeds. Some important tips are to chill seeds in the refrigerator for one week prior to sowing if you are sowing indoors and that light aids germination which means the seeds are just pressed into the soil or medium surface. Surface sown seeds can dry out quickly, but by covering indoor sown seeds with a clear top or plastic food wrap you can help retain moisture. Rest assured, our seeds are tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards. A customer service agent will reach out through email to help.

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