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Spring’s coming!

 

As winter comes to an end, the layer of straw is removed. The first tips of the plant emerge above the soil level. Little by little, the days become warmer. At that stage, things happen quickly. As soon as the bulbs produce flowers, the flowers are cut off (or deheaded). Piles of flowers can be seen in the bulb fields.

 

You might think this is a waste of beautiful flowers, but the grower has no choice. If he were to leave the flowers on the stems, the flowers would use up all the nutrients being produced. The bulbs would remain small and he wouldn’t be able to sell them.