Just about as Dutch as one can get, you might think. Yet, Tulips originally come from the much more exotic regions of Iran, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Nomads took the flowers with them to Turkey, where they quickly gained favour
Tulips need a cold period to grow.
That's why many tulip growers create their own winter with cold store's.
After this period the tulips go into the glashouses where's its warm and moist.
So the growers can have tulips earlyer in the winter.
Usually tulipbulbs are planted outside in the months oktober and november.
The flowering period of tulips extends from April to June. Many tourists come to Holland in this period off the year to watch the beautiful collored tulip fields!
Unfortunately these beautiful fields don't last long beacause when the tulip's are in the right stadium the flower heads need to be cut by the grower.
This happends with a cut machine that only cut the head of the tullip.
Why they do this is because when you cut the flower all the food en energy goes to the bulb!
If you don't cut the tulips like this. the tulip flower comes fully open and then the tulip starts to produce a seed capsule.
And that's not what the grower wants for his product.
So by cutting the tulip heads alle the energy goes to the bulb and you will get a strong big bulb!
75% of the grown bulbs is intended for flower production in holland or abroad.
The other 25 % is for selling to costumers or is going to be planted in public gardens or parks.