TULIPAS ARE COMING!
As the weather gets more rainy and the leaves are falling all around you, the temperature drops. As we all know this has influence on the flowers and therefore many flowers are grown in greenhouses. However, this is different when growing Tulipas. Tulipas can be grown in many different ways and one of those ways is called ‘Southern Hemisphere Tulipas’.
As Autumn arrives in The Netherlands, Spring arrives in the southern hemisphere. For this reason the Tulipa bulbs are flown to the other side of the world, often to Colombia, Australia and New-Zealand. The bulbs are ‘freshly’ exported and the flower is grown in these countries, after that they are flown back to The Netherlands. The advantage of growing Tulipas like this is that maintain the great quality as Tulipas grown in The Netherlands. Unfortunately, this process is very expensive due to all the different proceedings. As a result the price fluctuates.
Nevertheless, during this period the Tulipas can also be grown in The Netherlands and are called ‘ice’ Tulipas. The ‘ice’ bulbs are kept in a cold store and later on are put in the greenhouse when necessary. This is done to meet the demand of the market, yet the bulbs lack of quality.
So in the end, there are two types of Tulipas: ‘fresh’ and ‘ice’ bulbs. The ‘fresh’ Tulipas follow the normal procedure and are also exported to the southern hemisphere. The ‘ice’ Tulipas do not follow the normal procedure and are kept cold until they are needed.
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The current fields of Triflor in New-Zealand