The art of growing Muscari bulbs.
It takes a while before the consumer gets a bunch of Muscari’s at home. The bulb must grow big enough to give a large flower. The bulbs are grown outside on the fields.
Small bulbs are at the beginning not big enough to give a strong and large flower. These bulbs only grows leaves. These bulbs grow bigger and bigger by planting them each year again. This process goes on until the bulbs are big enough to use them in the greenhouse, at that point the large flowers are grown.
The bulbs are planted in November, because the temperature of the soil is low enough then. Diseases are less active at lower temperatures. The first plants come out of the soil and start to grow if the winter ends and the temperature is high enough. If the bulb is bigger there is a higher change of growing a flower. The bulbs grow from February up to and including July. The crop needs good care in this period, like irrigating, fertilizing and protection against diseases. The bulbs are harvested in July when they are done growing. The bulbs are transported to the shed where they are cleaned, dried, sorted and counted. Then the bulbs are ready for shipping to garden centres or flowergrowers.