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Terrific Tulips

Holland is known for its beautiful tulips, and you may have purchased imported tulip bulbs in the past, thinking only of the promise of pretty flowers the following spring. But did you know that more than 800 million conventionally-grown bulbs are shipped from Holland to the U.S. every year? The pesticides used in growing those plants have a negative impact on the environment, plus they've been implicated as a possible source of the recent epidemic of hive collapses in the honeybee population.
EcoTulips
EcoTulips
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Terrific Tulips

Holland is known for its beautiful tulips, and you may have purchased imported tulip bulbs in the past, thinking only of the promise of pretty flowers the following spring. But did you know that more than 800 million conventionally-grown bulbs are shipped from Holland to the U.S. every year? The pesticides used in growing those plants have a negative impact on the environment, plus they've been implicated as a possible source of the recent epidemic of hive collapses in the honeybee population.

Now there's a greener alternative: Jeroen Koeman comes from a long line of tulip growers in the Netherlands, and together with his wife Keriann, imported the company’s first organic bulbs in 2009. Now the couple runs EcoTulips from their farm in Brightwood, Virginia. Their farmers use organic soil, natural pest control methods and weed by hand. As a result, these bulbs absorb a wider variety of nutrients, which makes them stronger and more beautiful than their conventional counterparts (plus, of course, they're better for the environment).

The flower bulb industry is lagging behind other horticulture industries in terms of transitioning to organic methods – because we don't eat the flowers, many people think it doesn't matter. Not only are EcoTulips better for the earth, you'll probably find they last longer in your garden, too. Beautiful.

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