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Export Market For Oriental Lilly Bulbs

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It may be the depths of winter and nothing is growing in the fields, but in Hawke’s Bay there is a very special harvest underway.

Millions of Oriental Lily bulbs are being dug up in Hastings, to be exported all over the world.

The bulbs will keep for up to seven months in cold storage, ensuring a constant supply for Northern Hemisphere growers.

These bulbs are the best in the business with a very international provenance. They start their life in Dutch laboratories and are planted in New Zealand six months later. They are grown for one season, dug up and culled of any inferior bulbs before being planted for another year.

Photo: From Holland, Lithuania and Hawke’s Bay to the world. Made with funding from NZ On Air

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Posted: 12 July 2019

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