Once the flowers are removed, only the stems and leaves are left standing in the field. These parts of the plant produce nutrients for the bulb. Once the plants turn yellow, the flower bulbs have absorbed enough nutrients.


Sometime between mid-June and early August, they are removed from the ground in a process known as ‘lifting’.

After being lifted, the bulbs are dried and cleaned. The young bulbs are also removed from the large bulbs. We call this cleaning process ‘peeling’. The nice big bulbs are sold and the smaller ones are planted again in the autumn.