The process

Preparation

Mopabloem buys the tulip bulbs to be forced from a bulb grower.

In 2005, we arranged a working arrangement with Van Bentem Bluefields in Marknesse in the North East Polder and this company supplies the majority of the tulip bulbs we use for forcing.

The largest advantage of our partnership with Van Bentem Bluefields and Vido Fleur, is the fact that we can consult each other: the tulip bulbs are grown and prepared according to our wishes and then delivered to us exactly as we want them.

The consistent quality of the bulbs that Van Bentem Bluefields supplies is another advantage of this partnership: every year we receive bulbs that have the same characteristics as the year before, and accordingly, we know how to prepare and treat the bulbs to achieve the... read more

The bulbs we buy are grown outside by the bulb grower.

The tulip bulbs are lifted from the soil in June and July.

In July and August, after they have been harvested by the bulb grower, the tulip bulbs are delivered to us. Labels registering the consignments are stuck on the 1-m³ crates and we immediately get to work on preparing our bulbs in the climate-controlled cells.

The tulips are stored in our climate-controlled cells at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

In late July and early August, we check to see whether the tulip bulbs have reached stage G yet by cutting the bulbs in half.

The halved tulip bulbs are examined under a microscope, to see whether the bud has developed sufficiently in the bulb. When we are certain that all the tulip bulbs have reached stage G, we can draw up the forcing schedule using a computer program. The forcing schedule... read more

Each variety, each colour and each size requires a different time at the intermediary temperature and in refrigeration in order to flower. The intermediary temperature is the time the tulip bulbs need to remain warm after reaching stage G. Refrigeration is the time the... read more

Preparation
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