‘Dutch Design’ a natural success story

Dutch Designs features – big, cherry red flower heads edged with crisp white - are well-worth your acquaintance.

We can’t go by this year’s Keukenhof edition, which is themed ‘Dutch Design’, without mentioning its tulip name-twin in Premium Varieties. Besides the appropriate name, the features of the tulip itself – big, cherry red flower heads edged with crisp white – are well-worth your acquaintance. ‘That part of the greenhouse is an incredible sight.’

For this article on tulip ‘Dutch Design’, we head to the Keukenhof, where it’s all about Dutch design this edition. Paul Duineveld just entered the premises carrying an arm full of ‘Dutch Designs’, which he only cut this morning from the fields of A.A. Duineveld & Zn. located at the Belkmerweg in Burgervlotbrug in the province of Noord Holland. ‘Dutch Design’ bulbs are cultivated by 8 growers and together they are growers’ association ‘Dutch Design’. In total, they cultivate over 30 acres of this variety. The bulbs are highly demanded in Eastern Europe and Japan and are sold to these markets through different export companies. Customers for ‘Dutch Design’ bulbs are cut flower growers, who grow them for the local market.

Sturdy plant

“We cultivate 40 acres of tulips including 5 acres of Dutch Design”, says Duineveld. “It’s a Triumph tulip from the nursery of Remarkable and a cross-breed between the scarlet red ‘Chieftain’ ad the pink ‘Valentine’, both with their signature white edges. The beauty of ‘Dutch Design’ are the strengths of both parents united into one. Just like ‘Valentine’, ‘Dutch Design’ grows into a sturdy plant with heavy stems of flowers. The amazing red tone is clearly passed down from its other parent the ‘Chieftain’. The large headed flowers and sharp white rim are beautifully designed. It catches the eye when used in a bouquet. This variety looks stunning even when it’s still tight in bud.”

Straightforward

‘Dutch Design’ is a great variety for cut flower nurseries to include in their range. “It’s easy and quick to grow, a straightforward crop”, says Duineveld knowing from his own experience. The propagation however, requires more attention. “It performs well and develops sufficient crop but tends to be sensitive to acidity, meaning that you will have to keep a close eye on the process. With just a bit more care, the issue will sort itself out. We were quite happy with past year’s results including the pricing.” The latter is one of the pillars of his business, Duineveld stresses. “In total, we cultivate 100 acres of bestselling tulips, hyacinths, narcissi and lilies. ‘Dutch Design’ fits the profile perfectly.”

By Monique Ooms
Photography by René Faas