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?

Answer from NGA
February 24, 1999


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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