Plant Care Moluccella Laevis

Moluccella Laevis

About Moluccella Laevis

Semi-hardy annual is noted for producing a mid-summer to fall bloom of showy flower spikes. Calyces are densely packed along each flower spike from top to base. Plants perform best in cool summer climates. This is an excellent plant for fresh cut or dried flower arrangements.


Moluccella laevis

Also known as

Bells of ireland, Bells of ireland, Bells-of-ireland, Molucca balmis, Shellflower and Shell flower

How to care for Moluccella Laevis


How often to water your Moluccella Laevis

Water needs for Moluccella Laevis
0.5 cups
every 9

Moluccella Laevis needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Moluccella Laevis

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Growing Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 26th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Pittsburgh is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in d…

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Light needs for plant Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 31.8% ☀️

November 26th, 2021

Pittsburgh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to decrease by 31.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.6 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 26th, 2021

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 8.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Bells of ireland in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Moluccella Laevis: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Moluccella Laevis love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Moluccella Laevis does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Moluccella Laevis

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Moluccella Laevis: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Moluccella Laevis after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Moluccella Laevis

Nutrient needs for plant Moluccella Laevis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 22nd, 2021

The growing potential in Pittsburgh is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best …

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Difficulty Level

Moluccella Laevis is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Moluccella Laevis

Moluccella Laevis

Moluccella Laevis

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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