Hyacinths, a type of bulbous perennial flower, have a long and rich history in the Netherlands. These fragrant flowers, known for their vibrant colors and sweet scent, have been beloved by the Dutch for centuries.
Hyacinths were first introduced to the Netherlands in the 16th century by traders and botanists returning from their travels in the East. They quickly gained popularity among the Dutch, who were fascinated by the flower’s beauty and sweet fragrance. The Dutch began cultivating hyacinths in the early 17th century, perfecting the art of breeding to create new and vibrant colors. Today, the Netherlands is one of the largest producers of hyacinth bulbs in the world, exporting them to countries all over the globe.
The Dutch hyacinth industry is a highly specialized and efficient one. The bulbs are grown in special greenhouses and under controlled conditions, which allows for year-round production and a constant supply of high-quality bulbs. The Dutch hyacinth growers are known for their expertise in breeding and producing new cultivars.
Hyacinths are a beloved spring flower in the Netherlands and are used extensively in gardens, parks, and public spaces. They are also used for indoor forcing, which is a process of coaxing the bulbs into early blooming for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. The Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, the Netherlands, is a famous destination to see the hyacinths in full bloom.
The Dutch hyacinth industry is facing some challenges, such as climate change and the competition from overseas growers, but the Dutch growers are adapting and innovating to stay competitive. The hyacinth remains a popular flower in the Netherlands and a beloved part of Dutch culture and horticulture.
How Is This Relevant To You, A Tulip Lover?
Well, hyacinths bloom a few weeks earlier than tulips. Fields of hyacinths are just as spectacular – and, this will be controversial for a tour business called Amsterdam Tulips Tour, but we almost prefer a field of hyacinths over tulips. Why?
Because hyacinths smell very good, whereas tulips have barely any scent. When you walk into a field of hyacinths it’s like stepping into an aromatherapy bath.
If you visit us in early to mid April, we’ll visit a field of hyacints. Depending on how close our tulip farm is to have having rows in bloom, we might also visit there too.