Field conditions and crop report
75% of the tulip flowers are now cut in north area.
In Lisse area (sand soil, south area) around 90% is debudded.
In south part of Holland (Zeeland, clay soil) all the flowers are taken off.
This is earlier than normal years. Also the flowering time between the earliest and latest vareities is shorter.
In normal years this is 3 weeks. This year in 2 weeks time all the tulip varieties were flowering.
The tulips are little shorter and also flowering stage of the tulips within one variety can differ more than average.
The reason for this is the weather changes (rain and temperature) in beginning of the year.
To determine the harvest moment can be more difficult, but has to be done carefully.
The cut flower prices of Tulilps are still very high.
At this moment many outside grown tulips are sold out.
Often these are special varieties.
Last weekend we had cloudy weather and rain (20-25 mm).
This is the water volume of one time irrigating/watering.
It is not warm in Holland.
Last days around 8-14 degree Celsius. (good for tulip crop)
The weather remains cloudy with not so much sun and rain.
Average day temperature of 11 degree Celsius.
Night temperature can decrease to 5 degree Celsius.
In general it is good weather for the bulb enlargement.
Cutting (De-budding) of the variety Caractere (late flowering Triumph).
The flowers that are not debudded by machine (too short) are debudded by hand.
Soil is more moisture due to rain of last days.
Special tulip varieties sold at wholesaler.