Latvia has a long and storied history of growing flower bulbs. In fact, during the early 20th century, Latvia was one of the world's leading exporters of flower bulbs, particularly tulips. This was due in large part to the country's ideal climate and soil conditions for growing these beautiful plants.
At that time, Latvia's tulip fields were so famous that they attracted visitors from all over the world, who came to marvel at the acres of colourful blooms stretching out before them. However, this industry suffered greatly during World War II and the Soviet occupation that followed, and it was not until the 1990s that Latvia's flower bulb trade began to flourish once again.
Today, Latvia is once again a thriving hub for flower bulb cultivation and trade. The country's cool climate, rich soil, and long growing season make it an ideal location for growing a wide variety of bulbs, from classic tulips and daffodils to more exotic species such as fritillaries and snowdrops.
Riga, Latvia - Colorful buildings and Saint John's Lutheran Church in old Riga town at the Skarnu street.
One of the interesting things about growing flower bulbs in Latvia is that it requires careful attention to detail and a deep understanding of the local climate and soil conditions. For example, while the country's cool temperatures can be beneficial for bulb growth, the long, dark winters can be challenging. To combat this, many farmers use artificial lighting to provide their plants with the necessary light and warmth.
Additionally, because Latvia is located in the northern part of Europe, the country experiences long hours of daylight during the summer months. This can be both a blessing and a curse for flower bulb growers, as it means that plants may be prone to bolting or going to seed too quickly if not carefully managed.
Despite the obstacles presented by its climate and geography, Latvia's flower bulb industry remains robust, with farmers putting in tireless efforts to cultivate bulbs and yield gorgeous blooms that are shipped to customers all over the globe. And for those who have a passion for gardening, Latvia offers a rich and vibrant landscape of flower fields and gardens that are sure to inspire and delight.
After reading these facts, it not may come as a surprise that Latvia is among the European Union's larger bulb growers.
Of all EU countries, the tulip-tastic Netherlands is dominant. Alone, it was responsible for 81% of all exports of those bulbs (€82 million), but both Lithuania and Latvia make the top five list of EU bulb exporters: Lithuania (7%; equivalent to €6.7 million), Poland (5%; €4.8 million), Denmark (2%; 2.1 million) and Latvia (2%, 2.0 million).
DutchGrown is deeply committed to upholding Latvia's long-standing tradition of growing tulips and other types of bulbs. To further this mission, we take great pride in shipping our flower bulbs to gardeners all across Latvia. By carefully selecting and packing each bulb, DutchGrown is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Latvia's renowned flower fields, spreading joy and beauty to gardens throughout the region. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, DutchGrown's selection of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and more is sure to inspire and delight. So, why not bring a bit of Holland's famed flower fields to your own garden in Latvia?