Where are flower bulbs grown?


Long ago, flower bulb growers discovered that the soil just behind the dunes was perfect for growing bulbs. This is because bulbs can’t tolerate a lot of water. And a lot of water is exactly what these geest soils behind the dunes aren’t affected by. Rainwater simply soaks right through them. And the groundwater level is deep.


Bulbs also prefer calcareous soil – soil containing lots of calcium. Once again, these geest soils provide just what the bulbs want. Being so close to the sea, these soils contain large quantities of crushed shells, known as ‘shell debris’. For a long time, the growers thought that the geest soils were the only soils in which bulbs could be produced. And this proved to be true in the case of daffodils and hyacinths. Later, however, they made an important discovery: tulips, lilies and gladioli also thrived in light soils. That’s why you now see flower bulb fields in many other parts of our country.