Planting the hyacinths
Bloemencorso Bollenstreek relies on hyacinths. These highly fragrant bulb flowers were always traditionally grown in the bulb district. The bulbs are planted in October and in the spring harvested to decorate the floats.
Each year the the organisers of Bloemencorso Bollenstreek sybolically plant the first bulbs by hand. They then express a wish that the weather conditions will be favourable and that the bulbs will flower at just the right time. Each year it is always touch and go. Climate is a major influencer on the cultivation.
Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is unique in the world being the only parade to rely completely on bulb flowers. The hyacinth plays a key role with is fragrance enticing visitors from home and abroad. The structure of the flower is also ideal for the fine decorations on the floats. Hundreds of volunteers strip the individual flowers from the stems. When a good pile of one colour is available the staking begins. Each flower is attached skilfully to the floats one by one to form the desired pattern.