At Taylors Bulbs, the first daffodils left the cold store and are put into the glasshouse. This fourth generation UK family business is growing and supplying flower bulbs and associated products since 1919 and is forces over 80 tonnes of daffodil bulbs each year for flower production under glass, from early December to February.
Daffodils being moved from the cold store into the glasshouse
Daffodil season runs from December till Easter
The daffodils are grown on their farm in Holbeach, Lincolnshire where they also design and pack a large range of products. The season runs from December till Easter. In December and January, they grow them in the glass house- it is their only product they grow under glass - will be sold to UK garden centers. From mid-February till Easter, they crop their outdoor varieties which are sold to retailers in the UK and are also exported to the auctions in Holland, explains the Flower Sales team at Taylor Bulbs.
Covid-19 impact - trade much better than expected
According to the Flower Sales team, sales on cut daffodils in 2020 began really well but exports were cut short by Covid-19. "In March and April, we were concerned about how Covid-19 would affect our bulb business but although this year has not been without challenges, trade has been much better than expected and many customers have done well in the UK selling bulbs this year. Demand for summer flowering bulbs and grow your own products have been strong so far."
High hopes for the season
Their new season starts in a few weeks and expectations are high. "When looking back at last year, we are hopeful that we will have a good season. It is nice to think that our daffodils will be brightening people’s homes and offering some cheer in these uncertain times."