NY324 - Propagating tulip bulbs for export markets

A potential export market for Tasmanian bulbs occurs in the Northern Hemisphere during October-November when flowers are being forced from iced bulbs. The market occurs primarily in The Netherlands, France, German, UK, USA and Japan. The total iced bulb market in which Tasmanian bulks must compete is estimated to be approximately 100 million bulbs/annum in size. The niche is possible due to the superior quality of a fresh bulb (compared with iced) and the inability of the Northern Hemisphere to supply fresh bulbs for this time slot.