How to Grow Bells of Ireland

Overview

With their vivid green bells on tall green spires, bells of Ireland are an unusual and striking addition to the flower bed. Although they look exotic, they're really quite simple to grow. Strangely enough, bells of Ireland didn't originate in Ireland but grow native in Syria and Turkey. They are lovely in cut flower arrangements and can also be dried.

Step 1

Wrap the bells of Ireland seeds in a damp paper towel and place in a sealed plastic bag. Put it in the refrigerator for at least two months.

Step 2

Fill a planting tray with good-quality potting soil. Sprinkle the seeds on the soil and sprinkle a light layer of potting soil over the top, but don't bury the seeds.

Step 3

Put the tray in place that it consistently cool but not freezing. About 58 degrees is best. Keep the soil moist. Once the seeds pop through the soil, move the tray to a warm, sunny place. If you have a grow light, use it to supplement the natural light. Bells of Ireland are somewhat slow to germinate and usually require about a month.

Step 4

Move the bells of Ireland seedlings outdoors to a sunny spot once the weather warms up. Give the plants a good start by mixing some compost in the soil before you plant. Bells of Ireland grow to be very tall, so plant them out of the wind or provide stakes to keep them upright.

Step 5

Water them fairly often until they are established. After that they are quite drought-tolerant. Fertilize the bells of Ireland with a time-release fertilizer every month or so. Prune the plants occasionally to encourage more blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Bells of Ireland seeds
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Planting tray
  • Potting soil
  • Stakes
  • Time-release fertilizer

References

  • How to Grow Bells of Ireland
  • Moluccella laevis
  • Bells of Ireland
Keywords: bells of Ireland, cut flower, potting soil

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.