After a very cold start of spring, finally all tulip fields in the Netherlands are in full bloom. At the Ruigrok Flowerbulbs nursery we grow 110 acres of tulips.
Cultivating tulip bulbs
Tulips propagate by small bulbs which grow off the larger “mother bulbs”. In October and November we plant the smaller bulbs and cover the fields with a layer of straw. In spring, we carefully check our tulip fields for viruses and infections. When they are in full bloom, we take their heads off! This is to stimulate the growth of the tulip bulbs. We dig tulip bulbs in June-July. Growing a full size tulip bulb takes 1-2 years.
The story of Tulipmania
If you think of the Netherlands, tulips are the first things that come to mind. The Dutch climate is perfect for growing tulips, as they need a period of moderate cold. However, the tulip does not originate from the Netherlands. Its roots are in the mountains from Kazachstan and through a long journey via Persia, China, Turkey and Belgium, the first tulips came to the Netherlands in 1593. These first tulips were planted at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, and they were cultivated by an exclusive group of botanists. Later on, tulip bulbs were stolen from the Hortus and soon the tulips spread all over the Netherlands. The start of the tulip trade.
At the peak of Tulipmania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded economic bubble. After a while the tulip trade recovered it self and this was the start of a prosperous trade and breeding of countless tulip cultivars. In 2016 the total Dutch tulip culture covers around 29.000 acres.
Ruigrok Flowerbulbs specializes in supplying tulip bulbs for greenhouse production. This is for cut flowers and pots. We do not only sell tulip bulbs, we are also bulb growers ourselves. We know all about growing bulbs and therefore manage to buy the best from our selected partner growers as well.
Compose your greenhouse program
Let us help you compose your greenhouse program for tulips! Our experience through a long history of growing and trading tulip bulbs will help you select the best varieties.
View our tulip forcing assortment
For early production, from December 15th until January 10th we especially recommend the Prince tulips: Purple Prince, White Prince, Light Pink Prince, Candy Prince, Salmon Prince, Sugar Prince, Sunny Prince and Ruby Prince.
Mixes and combos for landscaping
Ruigrok Flowerbulbs and ADR Bulbs are your experts for landscape tulips. We offer a wide range of tulip color mixes. To create a beautiful spring landscape, here is some inspiration:
This wholesale tulip mixture in purple and orange includes at least 4 varieties. Ask for a quotation.
Create a live painting with these bulk tulips. Perfect for mass displays, borders and cut flowers.
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Draws from 100+ varieties of tulips, ranging from mid-season to late flowering. Only available for delivery starting early October!
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