Bells of Ireland - Knowledgebase Question

Bellingham, WA
Question by HESQUECOM
February 24, 1999
Do I start my Bells of Ireland seeds indoors or directly in the ground outdoors?


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Answer from NGA
February 24, 1999

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Seeds of Moluccella, or Bells of Ireland can be sown outdoors in early spring, or started indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out. If you start your seeds indoors, sow them in individual peat pots because the seedlings resent being disturbed once they begin growing. the seeds require a pre-chill period before they will germinate so mix the seeds together with moist growing medium, seal in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 5 days. Then sow on the surface of moistened seed starting mix in individual pots. Seedlings will appear in 8-35 days when kept at 50F - 60F degrees. When you're ready to plant outdoors, space the plants 12" apart in ordinary soil in a sunny to partly shady garden spot.

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