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Harvesting the tulip bulbs

harvesting the tulips

This time of the year (July) our busy summer season has started. That means we start harvesting the tulip bulbs
That means checking the bulbs, arranging the students who work at our company during their holidays, and building up the machines to work with. This spring we build some extra space, everything is ready. Just in time! 

In the summer all spring flowerbulbs will be harvested, sorted, cleaned and packed for further export to the customer. The tulip bulbs will be harvested first. We check the quality and size of the tulip bulb by digging some bulbs out of the ground. If they are OK, we will start harvesting the tulips. Last Tuesday (June, 14th) we already harvested the first tulip bulbs. The quality looks good!

The tulip bulbs will be harvested by a big machine which drives over the land and scoops the sand including the bulbs up. The bulbs, with as less sand as possible will be collected in a big wooden box. The bulbs will be driven back to the farm and will be located for a ventilation unit to give them some air.

Then, the machine (located at our farm) will peel the bulbs. After that we are checking the quality and remove the latest roots of the bulb. Only tulip bulbs needs to be peeled, the roots and new small bulbs will be removed. The small bulbs are not suitable to be exported but they will be planted in the fall. After the tulips, half of July, it is time to harvest the daffodil bulbs.
In the next blog we will tell you more about the daffodils.

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