Irish bell, ideal plant to combine with other species

The bell of Ireland also known as the Shell flower, Conch flower or Molucca balsam, is native to western Asia. The botanical name is Mollucela Laevis. Although that name was misapplied, because it was thought to be native to the Moluccas. It belongs to the Laminaceae family.

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Characteristics of the Irish Bell

It is an annual plant that grows about 50 cm high , which is surrounded by calyxes, with offset green bells. The leaves are broadly ovate, in opposite pairs of about 5 cm in length and dentate margin. The flowers are fragrant, with a flared calyx and a white or pink corolla that are grouped along the stem.

Caring for the Irish Bell

Bells of Ireland grow in full sun or shade in loamy, fertile, loose, well-draining soil. They can be sown outdoors in the spring as soon as the soil is ready.

The transplants are not necessary, since the sowing can be done directly in the place of seat.

To avoid its overthrow, it must be planted in protected areas with high winds.

Irrigation should be moderate or medium and should only be intensified on the hottest days of summer.

It can be propagated by means of seeds. For the previous flowers, it should be started 8 to 10 weeks before planting. Seeds germinate between 25 and 35 days at 50˚F.

It does not require any type of special fertilizer , only one that is for the garden is enough. As they are grown in pots, if the substrate is suitable, they do not require special care with respect to the fertilizer.

To dry they should be hung upside down in a dark place, as they can be used for arrangements.

They are ideal to combine with other solid flower plants and beds. In addition, its floral rod is used as a cut flower for vases and wedding bouquets.

The most frequent pests are formed by aphids, but they can be easily fought and it is through the use of systemic insecticides, which the plant incorporates in its vital juices.

Without a doubt it is a plant that with little care will look beautiful. In addition, you have the option that when it dries you can continue to enjoy it, either as part of the decoration to give that unique touch Do you like it? Tell us your experience

Images courtesy of: Dwight Siler

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