Lilium crop 2009
The stocks are running out and prices are rising. Most of the customers abroad have not yet bought a full program so far, but because of the better flower prices they intend to complete their programs now. Lily crop 2010 from Chile is sold out, so for planting from September/October there will not be many bulbs from Chile available. At this moment the growers in the southern hemisphere are harvesting and up till now harvest seems to be normal.
Lilium crop 2010
Because of the relative cold weather in the past period, the crops are a little behind in development. However the growing season lasts until September/October, so there is every opportunity for growth to catch up the delay. The growers have already sold many bulbs and are further awaiting the growth before continuing sales. Prices are rising and mostly there is no more offer of the better forcing assortment at this moment.
Lilium crop 2011
Selling bulbs of the better forcing assortment has already begun, at higher prices as sales of 2010.
The emergence of the tulips was late because of the long winter. In April the crop developed reasonable quickly. The month May was rather cold, so that the tulips have been blooming quite long before they could be topped. This delay however, has given the growers enough time to select their lots well on viruses. Especially the late varieties have been topped significantly later. As a consequence the bulb growth has started later as well. The weather conditions are fine currently: not too hot and sunny and often a rain shower.
Also the tulips in France have been delayed by the cold weather. The crops have been reasonably well on the field and harvest seems to be normal. The bulbs cannot be lifted yet because they are riping slowly. The growers expect to harvest the bulbs in the second week of June.
Trade in bulbs is difficult at the moment. Because of the somewhat less state of the crop and the delay in growth, the growers expect a lower harvest. They are therefore reluctant to sell and hope to get a higher selling price for their bulbs.