|Volume 6 • Issue 8
||August 10, 2013
Our parent company is Washington Bulb Company, Inc., the largest grower of tulips, Daffodils and irises in the United States. All our bulbs are hand-sorted, inspected and packaged in our Skagit Valley facilities amidst the tulip fields. We keep the bulbs in a climate-controlled environment until they're ready to
be shipped for planting in your area.
P.O. Box 1248
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
|From the President:
The summer season is bulb harvest
season here on the farm. 350 acres
of tulips have already been lifted from the fields, but we are still digging fields
of iris and daffodil bulbs while we also work diligently to clean, grade, size,
and process the already harvested tulip varieties. Advancements in agricultural technology
have improved our digging and processing methods through the decades, but I
still cannot help but think back to the days when my brothers, sisters, and I,
along with many of the high school students residing within the Skagit Valley,
would spend our summer months digging bulbs by hand...one lineal foot at a
time! It was a lot of work back
then, and still is today. Luckily
for us, we have always been a company energized by an excellent group of
hardworking employees who enjoy their work. And now, we can all sleep a little more
soundly at night knowing we no longer have to spend our daylight hours digging
bulbs by the foot!
So what exactly do we do with our
1000+ acres of harvested bulbs? The
majority of these bulbs will be planted back into our fields this fall, and
will then bloom in splendid color come the spring of 2014. These bulbs will grow in size and
multiply for next year's summer harvest.
However, the TOPSIZE bulbs (see our Q&A for more on
TOPSIZE bulbs) serve a different purpose.
Some will be set aside for forcing fresh-cut flowers in our greenhouses
– tulips and iris are forced
and available for overnight delivery year round. A portion of these TOPSIZE bulbs will be
replanted - either back into our fields or in our display garden at RoozenGaarde. And of course, a good number of them are
set to be delivered to our Tulips.com customers living across the
United States and Canada!
Enjoy the remaining weeks of your
summer and stay cool.
|Picture from the Past
Up until the late 1980's, bulb digging was done by hand –
and lots of them – one foot at a time! This picture shows high school students
from across the Skagit Valley digging bulbs while working on their tans, and
maybe sneakily tossing about a dirt clod or two.
|A Timely Tip for Your Flower Beds
Looking to add compost or other organic matter to your
garden? Do it now if your flower
beds allow. Starting the practice
in the summer permits these materials to break down and better blend into the
soil in time for the fall. Not all
flower beds will need or require additions, but if you plan to do so, starting
early can help.
|Get Social with RoozenGaarde and Tulips.com!
If you are on social media, find us! Our RoozenGaarde Instagram account is filled with beautiful pictures of our spring bloom in the Skagit
Valley along with a few other flower and bulb related snaps. Our Pinterest page includes some interesting ideas on the home and garden plus a handful of
recommended reads for tulip lovers. Twitter users can follow our tulip tweets throughout the seasons. And for gardening tips, behind the scenes shots,
and tons of other tulip information, follow our Tulips.com page on Facebook!
|Fresh Cut Flowers for the Summer Season
We have an awesome selection of Asiatic
lily colors available for the summer months – sure to provide a
burst of long lasting color at an economical everyday price. Iris are
also available in traditional
while stunning Oriental lilies are available in pure
pink, and Montezuma - an outstanding variety with a reddish pink
color. All of our flowers are grown right here on our Skagit Valley farm, picked
fresh, and shipped overnight!
Throughout the summer and into the fall, we field continuous
inquiries regarding the availability of our fresh-cut
tulips. We have them available. We have them 365 days a
year. And if we have the color you want, we will make sure to have the quantity
you need! Hey, with a name like Tulips.com what did you expect? Give us a call if you have a wedding
this year or are already planning your celebration for next summer. We not only
grow fresh cut tulips 365 days a year, but we schedule our sets for up to a
year in advance - so we already have a good idea of what we will have to offer
next summer. Many colors are
available and can be mixed and matched with a new color every bunch (10 stems
per bunch)! As always, if you do
not see the combination or specific color listed on our website, please call us
at (866) 488.5477 or email – we
might just have something special for you.
Q: I dug my bulbs earlier this
year, should I replant them now?
It would be best to wait until
the fall to replant your bulbs. Tulip bulbs prefer stay dry during their
dormant summer months. A location
with a temperature in the 70s is preferred for a best case scenario. Mesh bags (an onion bag will do) or
plastic trays provide excellent options for storing bulbs. All of the bulbs we sell are
perennials; HOWEVER, we treat our tulip bulbs as annuals by digging and
replanting each year. Tulips, daffodils, irises, hyacinths, crocuses, and our other specialty bulbs are relatively hardy species and respond rather well with even
minimal care, but if you are looking to maximize the performance of your tulips
each spring and the life of the bulb over time then we do recommend digging
these bulbs in particular. Finally, if you have more specific questions
regarding your bulbs or fresh-cut flowers, please call us at (866) 488.5477 and
we will give you all of the information you can handle.
Q: What do the size
measurements on bulbs mean?
The industry standard measurement for Topsize tulip bulbs is 12+ cm –
meaning the bulb will not fit through a hole with a circumference of 12 cm. Why
does size matter? As a rule, bigger bulbs will produce bigger flowers and will
be more vigorous. However, a Topsize labeling does not preclude tulip bulbs
from growing to sizes well beyond 12 cm. The Darwin
Hybrid tulips are renowned for huge bulbs and blooms to match. It is not
uncommon for Pink
Impression (see photo) and Red Impression bulbs
to measure up to 18 cm or more! Other tulips that are well known for large bulb
sizes are Maureen and Menton (not surprising since they are both very tall
French tulips) and newer varieties such as Lalibela and Purple Lord. Tulip bulbs grow to be all sizes and can
be purchased as an 11/12 measurement and smaller. However, smaller sized bulbs are not
recommended for home gardeners, but rather growers looking to establish new
Daffodil bulbs are measured using the same method as tulips. They will vary in
size depending on the particular grouping. For instance, our Topsize Yellow
Trumpet daffodil bulbs will generally measure around 25 cm and many bulbs
will be even larger still! The picture shown at right displays two Standard
Value bulbs – a size 30 cm and 29 cm. Large
Cupped daffodils are also well known for having very large sized bulbs.
Conversely, Topsize measurements for Tete-a-Tete will be
noticeably smaller, and every other variety falls somewhere in between. DN1,
DN2, and DN3 can also be used to reference the size of daffodil bulbs with the
largest bulbs receiving the DN1 grade.