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.