After the flowers are removed, all that are left in the fields are stems and leaves. These parts of the plant produce the food for the flower bulb to grow. Once the plants turn yellow, the flower bulbs have absorbed enough food.
After this happens – between around the middle of June and early August – the flower bulbs are removed from the soil. This is called “lifting”.
After lifting, the flower bulbs are dried and cleaned. The young bulblets are also removed from the large flower bulbs. We call this cleaning “peeling”. The large flower bulbs are sold. The little ones go back into the ground in the fall.