The other side of flower farming
December 21, 2011 10 Comments
Brace yourself for a big surprise — these flowers are cut down (there’s a machine that goes through the fields to cut down the flowers), thrown in a heap to decompose and later turned that into compost. Talking of discarded beauty but that’s how these flowers are treated once they reach full bloom.
Oopps, before you get all upset (which has been the case with me the first time I learned of this practice), here’s the rationale: the flowers are cut off to enable the bulbs to replicate and develop completely without competing with the flowers for nutrients from the soil. The flowers are not grown to create spectacular scenery out here (this is pure coincidental) but rather for the bulbs which are harvested in summer and then exported all over the world where their true purpose will be realized. Flowers and flower bulbs are key export products of Holland.
The best time to enjoy this spectacular scenery of flower fields in full bloom is around the last week of April. Normally the whole process of cutting down these flowers will be around the end of the first week of May.