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Russia: Spring has come to Tula greenhouses

Thousands of bright tulips have been grown for the International Women’s Day in Tula greenhouses. Almost all the flowers sold in the markets are produced locally.

The growers started preparing the bulbs as early as September of the past year. The growers use Dutch varieties and Tula technologies. The beauties have been grown for 15 years now. Many varieties have memorable titles, for instance Supermodel.

“The Supermodel variety is a straight symmetrical flower, having the bulb of almost 9-10 centimeters in the final stage”.

Ms. Alina Zara and her husband have grown thousands of tulips. The grower shares that earlier the customers preferred red flowers and now they prefer a variety of colors.

“This year, as well as in previous years, we are happy with the tulips in terms of the harvest quality. We picked some new varieties that let us down and we are not going to deal with them further but we keep experimenting. Tulips were not easy to grow this year because of the frosts and the bulbs were a lot more expensive,” noted Ms. Zara.

Many people believe that gardening is the most calming activity and botany is the most peaceful science, yet Ms. Zara assures that it is not true. The bulbs should be taken care of in July in order for the flowers to be harvested in the beginning of March. They are delivered to Tula from the Netherlands and wait for their turn until the end of December. The hottest season begins in the greenhouse during Christmas holidays.

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