Flower production

Many flower bulbs are sold to flower growers. These are people who buy flower bulbs to force them into flower. Instead of growing the bulbs, flower growers use the bulbs to produce flowers.

Most flower bulbs bloom in the spring. So how can you see tulips for sale in shops at Christmas? This is the work of the flower growers.

In their greenhouses, they adjust the temperature and humidity to get the flower bulbs to bloom earlier than they would in a garden. Some of the flower bulbs are planted in the greenhouse straightaway. Others are planted in boxes and put into a room where the temperature is kept cold. This is because these flower bulbs need to be exposed to cold temperatures first. Once they have been in the cold long enough, they are placed in the greenhouse where they will quickly produce flowers. What happens to the bulbs once the flowers are harvested? These flower bulbs cannot be used again. Their rapid growth has weakened them too much, so they are thrown away.

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