From greenhouse to global market

Inside a Dutch tulip farm

Tulip farms in the Netherlands are active all year round, exporting some 90 percent of their cut flowers and bulbs. The country, also known as the Land of Tulips, is the world's largest exporter of tulips.

Smit Flowers, a family business that has been cultivating tulips since the late 1980s, is one such farm.

Arjan Smit, the third-generation manager of the company based in Spierdijk, a town in the province of North Holland, still remembers the time when his farm produced its first batch of 100,000 tulips during a cultivation season of some three months.

"Now we have 150,000 tulips per day," Arjan told Xinhua. Currently, his modern company has two full-time employees and more than a dozen flexible workers. It owns 40 hectares of tulip fields and a greenhouse of about one hectare, focusing on producing tulip bulbs and fresh cut flowers.

Inside the huge greenhouse, tulip plants grow densely, with some just showing their sprouts and others about to bloom.


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