UPDATE: We have a winner! And it's Angela Treadwell-Palmer. Randomly done by someone else. I promise.
Like so many garden writers, I'm curious about this new product. Like, what's "eco" about it exactly? Is it legit or just eco-marketing BS?
Well, look who I ran into at DC's Green Festival – some Eco-Tulips and the nice young women who sell them. That led to lots of emails with owner Jeroen Koeman, who answered all my questions and agreed to come play with the blogs! Raised in a "real Dutch Tulip Family", Jeroen has worked for growers in Holland and the U.S. and recently struck out on his own by bringing organically grown tulips to the U.S. He also married his sweetheart a couple of weeks ago – a pretty good excuse for not attending the GreenFest himself. (Here's the story of their romance on their wedding website. Hint: It all started on Craigslist.)
IS ORGANIC BETTER?
Here's Jeroen's answer to that question:
The organic bulbs are
stronger and have better pest resistance because they haven’t been in contact with
pesticides. Pesticides make plants weaker and less pest-resistant. The bulbs are grown in
organic soil. Plants grown in organic soil can absorb a wider variety of
nutrients, which makes them stronger and more pest
And he helpfully sent me this study showing that organically grown tulips stay fresh in the vase two days longer than conventionally grown, but my Dutch is kinda rusty.
As for environmental benefits, Jeroen wrote:
Conventional tulip growers use about
50-100lbs pesticides per acre.
The biggest advantage for the
environment is that gardeners
and especially farm workers don’t get exposed to pesticides. Plus, bees and beneficial insects do get a chance to survive with organic tulips.
WIN A DOZEN
Wanna give them a try? The selection is here, and the winner gets a dozen of their choice tulips shipped to them pronto, with instructions. To enter, just tell us in a comment which variety you'd like and I'll choose randomly. Deadline: Tuesday, October a20 at 9 pm Eastern.
Dear FTC: No one at GardenRant is getting anything for writing this. Except if they have another Pick Your own Tulips day next spring, I'll be there and hoping to snag some freebies.