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The Story of the Tulips, from bulbs to flowers and back

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How are tulip bulbs planted, topped for a flower harvest, and then harvested a second time for bulb collection?

See how people and machines spend October to July transforming empty Dutch farmland to flower fields and back in The Story of Tulips. The comprehensive 12-minute promotional video from Ronico in Venhuizen, Netherlands documents each step.

pink tulips
Family-owned since 1939, Ronico grows on almost 750 acres—that’s 150 million tulips for retail in 8 colors and around 25 different cultivars.

giant harvest machinery
Yet, surprisingly, the video mostly features scenes of forklifts, farm machines, trucks, conveyor belts, boxes, and bulbs, not flowers.

sorting bulbs
Via, there are seven stages of a tulip bulb’s growth: planting time, making roots, cooling period, growing period, blooming time, regeneration, and multiplying. Flowers are only seen during blooming time, the 5th stage, usually in April and May.

yellow tulips
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