India: New Delhi Municipal Council to start local cultivation of tulips for spring festival

With a successful Tulip Festival this year, conducted for G-20 beautification of the city, the New Delhi Municipal Council is gearing up to indigenize the flower specie for local cultivation as the council plans to showcase it every year.

Officials said that the flower will be grown locally. Wilted tulip bulbs will be collected, and fresh ones will be created out of them as an experiment, they added. They said the bulbs would be allowed to dry up in the soil for one month and then would be stored in low temperatures.

The council imported 1,40,000 tulip bulbs this year from the Netherlands and planted them at Shanti Path lawns for the festival, which took place from February 14 to February 26. The NDMC is planning to collaborate with the CSIR Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology for the experiment. The researchers will study the survival period of the flower by exposing it to different climatic conditions.

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