US (MN): Growing 5 million tulips in Plymouth

Len Busch will grow five-million tulips this year from Valentine's Day to Mother's Day. An automatic grading machine has revolutionized how the spring staple is grown and harvested. 
 
After they come in from the semi truck they are planted into individual trays and moved into the rooting cooler where they are watered. This is where the roots really start to come out of the bulbs of the tulips.

From the rooting cooler they are brought out into the greenhouse. Once they are harvested they are placed on a trolley system that brings them to the grading machine.

The machine removes the bulb. A Len Busch employee places the blooms along a laser line so the machine can cut the stems to an equal length.

The machine counts out ten stems and bundles them, puts them in a sleeve and finally places them into a bucket of water.

Read more at KARE (Laura Betker, Bobby Jensen)


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