India: Facility to indigenize tulips set up in Delhi

The two-room facility comprises a cold storage chamber with the capacity to store around 50,000 tulip bulbs in controlled temperatures

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) unveiled its first tulip growth-cum-storage-chamber facility — Tulip House — at Lodhi Garden, where the civic body has cultivated tulips with bulbs harvested from last year’s cycle, officials aware of the matter said.

Civic officials said that the harvested bulbs can be propagated in a controlled environment by altering relative humidity, temperature (2-20 degrees Celsius), light, and exposure to ethylene. “We decided to initiate research and trials for tulip bulb multiplication and production in India to promote indigenous bulb use and less dependence on imported bulbs,” an NDMC official said.

Another senior NDMC official from the horticulture wing said that around 54,000 bulbs were harvested from the NDMC area after tulips bloomed in February-March 2023 out of which 52,000 were sent to the research institute at Palampur for recultivation, while about 2,000 bulbs of 8-10cm size were stored in a chamber for three months followed by other procedures.


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