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Organic tulips by Ecotulips

Did you know that most flowers and plants you buy in the Supermarket, farmer’s market and flower shop are actually not organic and eco-friendly? Did you know most flowers and plants are (just like many vegetables and fruits) grown with the use of chemicals and pesticides?

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I am from the Netherlands,  so of course I love tulips, and most of all: organic tulips. You would think that most flowers are in fact all-natural and organic. But while many flowers by nature have a strong color, sometimes flowers are growing with the help of many technologies, even sometimes genetically modified, and with the use of pesticides to kill the bugs (and bees), so the flower survives. The process sometimes even starts  in a laboratory, where a seed is genetically modified. Some beautiful flowers you see did not exist before, they are created by mankind.

It is hard to find organic flowers and plants. Of course when you grow your own flowers, or when you go into the forest, the flowers you find there are very much likely to be organic and eco-friendly, grown without harmful chemicals. The bees love them.  There are a few retailers, farmers and individuals who sell organic flowers, you just have to look for them. And if you support them by buying from them, you will not only get gorgeous flowers and plants, but you will help to create a bigger community of organic flower growers!

We are losing many bees due to pesticides on flowers, as they are poisonous to the bees. We need bees to pollinate the flowers. It is  most important that we save our bees, because without them, we basically can’t survive on Earth if the bees can’t continue pollination on the plants, because the plants then can’t reproduce themselves. Thankfully there are many companies that take this issue seriously, and one of them is Ecotulips in the USA:

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A few months ago Jeroen Koeman and his wife Keriann of Ecotulips visited us at our loft in Soho, New York City. Ecotulips is the ONLY organic tulip company in the USA. They import organic tulip bulbs from the Netherlands, and sell them all over the United States.Their boutique organic tulip company sells organic tulips to flowershops, as well as a few other flowers besides tulips. Their tulips vary in color and are so beautiful and big. They grow like any other tulip, but since they are not treated with pesticides, they come with another fun thing: You can eat them! Edible tulip leaves can be used as a colorful addition to a salad or any other dish. Each color has its own flavor.

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Jeroen and Keriann Koeman with an edible organic tulip salad

So of course I tried it out too! They have a subtle flavor and the colors are beautiful.

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What can you do to get more organic flowers into your life?

1. Only buy from organic farmers, and buy organic flowers.

2. Ask your flower shop how their flowers are grown and where.

3. Ask them to look for organic flowers, and buy those, as you would like to only buy organic from them.

4. Grow your own flowers. Order organic flower seeds and bulbs, like tulips from Ecotulips.

I love organic tulips and flowers, and the bees love it too!

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While the season to buy Ecotulips is over since November 1st, I will be following this lovely little company the coming months, and will let you know when their bulbs are ready for you to buy them next season! the coming weeks Ecotulips will plant many tulip bulbs  in New York State and lot’s of exciting news is coming up so stay tuned, and stay organic!

Love, Lonneke

all pictures by Ecotulips or Organice Your Life.

 

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