Thursday, April 26, 2018

14 Apr

The Truth about Tulips!

It takes between one and five years for the bulbs to flower and produce blooms large enough to sell.

What most people don’t know about Tulips is that it takes between one and five years for the bulbs to flower and produce blooms large enough to sell. Cutting beautiful fields of Tulips may seem like a waste but don’t worry- they are put to good use!

Tulip pickers will start the job of nipping off the best ‘show’ flowers from Tulip fields. A machine will then finish the job by removing the flower heads before the plants go to seed. The Tulips benefit from dead-heading because it keeps more energy in the plant and helps the bulbs to grow.

Wasted Tulip heads will be used to decorate floats at the annual Spalding Flower Parade.

Unfortunately, the Tulips from Britain’s largest Tulip field won’t make their way to florists and in to your vases this year because they are too small. The bulbs will later be pulled from the ground and those that are large enough, sold to supermarkets next year. If they once again do not make the cut, they will be re-planted ready for a possible sale the following year.

The wasted Tulip heads will be used to decorate the floats at the annual Spalding Flower Parade. With the recent news of Daffodils blooming too early, it seems that all of our favourite spring flowers are struggling this year to keep up with normal standards.


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