How a farm in New Zealand keeps its daffodils blooming

Hadstock Farm near Springston has been in the Chamberlain family since 1878. They've been growing daffodils here for more than 50 years, so it's safe to say they know everything there is to know about this perennially popular flower and symbol of springtime.

A growing part of the Chamberlains' business is online bulb sales. Along with daffodil bulbs, they also produce tulip and bluebell bulbs. 

"With the internet and that, you need younger people coming through and sorting things," John Chamberlain says. And he points out that unlike the bulbs you will find in many of the big retailers, theirs are proudly grown in New Zealand. 

"An awful lot of the bulbs are imported bulbs that come in from Holland and they're put straight in bags and sold. They haven't been grown in New Zealand, which I don't really approve of," he says.

"We're picking bulbs from June through to now. We grow a lot of bluebells too which we pick a lot for cut flowers and the bulbs, so we've just finished picking those.

"The end of October is the end of our season and by November we're digging bulbs.

"Then sort of January through to April we're selling bulbs and in May and June we're picking again."

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