Dates for third Tulip Trade Event March 14–16

Tulip Trade Event 2018After two previous editions, the Tulip Trade Event in Netherlands returns in 2018. From Wednesday through Friday, March 14–16, eleven participants are opening their doors to national and international visitors. The growing number of participants means the organisation is following an upward trend. This is according to the organizers not a coincidence: tulips in Netherlands are flowers that are ‘still growing strong’, with an acreage that is increasing slowly but surely.
‘Tulips are extremely popular’
“Tulips are extremely popular”, confirmed Joris van der Velden from Holland Bulb Market, one of the participating exporters. “The retail sector continues to expand every year. Tulips really provide a feeling of spring. It’s a very strong image.” International buyers also appreciate that spring feeling. Important export markets like North America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe should be increasingly turning to the Dutch trade and the Tulip Trade Event. Countries like China, South Korea and Vietnam are making this trend even more international.
Slight growth in acreage
The greater interest for the tulip is reflected in the acreage, which expands slightly each year and is now estimated at 11,800 hectares. Partly due to the positive returns achieved in the past few years, growers are very willing to invest. Bonne Boots, speaking on behalf of the new participant Boots Flowerbulbs, adds: “There is certainly an increase in scale. The technological innovation continues to advance as well. I think that it will not be much longer before planting and harvesting are fully automated, with a minimum of manual input.” Other innovations are appearing: double-layer cultivation, LED lighting, ozone storage and the application of technology like robots, drones and GPS systems in the field.”
Three new participants
The first two Tulip Trade Events attracted a broad public, including a large number from distant countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. For this third edition, the organising foundation is welcoming three new participants: Boots Flowerbulbs, Borst Flowerbulbs and Jansen’s Overseas.
BootaFlowerbulbs is as global exporter of predominantly Gladioli, Hyacinths, Lilies and Tulips for the cut flower industry.
Borst Bloembollen grows approximately 700 different tulip cultivars and is specialized in cultivating and introducing new tulip varieties.
Jansen’s Overseas is a family-run business exporting worldwide all kinds of flower bulb products. The company also produces and exports potted bulbs.
The other participants are:
P. Aker Seeds and Flowerbulbs, founded in 1894, is an export company of flowerbulbs and tubers and specialized in Tulips, Lilies and Gladioli.
Amsonia is a company specialized in the export of flowerbulbs to Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus.
Bot Flowerbulbs is supplier of flowerbulbs to professional flower growers worldwide and specialized in Lilium, Tulips, Gladioli and Irisses.
Haakman Flowerbulbs, positions itself as the absolute global tulip specialist, growing already 75 years tulip bulbs and working also closely with other growers in Netherlands.
Holland Bulb Market, founded in 1868, is one of the oldest flower bulb export company’s in the world and supplies retail outlets, landscapers and professional cut flower and potted plant growers.
The Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group is a bulb preparation and trading company and has also its own nursery. It participates in the Remarkable Tulips and Markglory Hyacinths – breeding programmes which focus on innovation and the development of new varieties.
P. Nelis & zoon’s offers a wide variety of flowerbulbs, including Tulips, Hyacinths and Narcissus, as well as Crocus, Muscari and Lilies. Newly designed treatment facilities are equipped to treat flowerbulbs within a range of temperatures between -2C up to 40 ˚C. These facilities enable the company to fine-tune the treatments for each variety.
VWS Export – Import of Flowerbulbs exports tulips to more than 50 countries; not only 9 °C and 5 °C treated tulip bulbs, but also bulbs which are destined for water cultivation and long-term storage (ice). VWS tests new tulip cultivars before they are brought onto the market.