As fall bulb planting season begins in the US, A.D.R.'s farm in the Netherlands is winding down their harvest season.
Running three digging machines simultaneously, the company can harvest up to 18 acres of flower bulbs a day, splitting time between their primary farm in the Dutch Bollenstreek of South Holland (bulb district), and their secondary farm in North Holland.
This year, they have found exceptional growth and yield in their core crop and specialty; Darwin Hybrid Tulips. Darwin Hybrid Tulips are the best and most popular class of tulips for landscape professionals, municipalities and botanical gardens. They are prized for their vivid colors, giant blooms (up to 6" wide), height (up to 24" tall), perennial qualities, heat tolerance, and ability to withstand the windiest, rainiest spring weather.
Last fall, they planted 12 varieties of Darwin Hybrid's yielding tens of millions of bulbs this summer; Apricot Impression, Big Love, Design Impression, Golden Parade, Lalibela, Novi Sun, Parade, Parade Elite, Pink Impression, Red Impression, Van Eyk and Wedding Dress, a new, Ruigrok exclusive tulip, available commercially for the first time in the USA this fall.
"We have also been thrilled to find that the majority of our Darwin Hybrid crop has sized up to 14+ cm this season which is nearly 20% larger that the industry standard for a top size tulip bulb. This year's crop has exceeded size expectations while still meeting our stringent quality standards", the company shares in an update.
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