With the hope to grow tulip flowers in the city, instead of importing them from other countries, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) established a Tulip Growth Cum Storage Chamber at Lodhi Garden Tuesday.
This initiative was taken up after L-G VK Saxena stressed on exploring means to ensure indigenous production of tulip saplings during his visits to NDMC’s tulip plantations last winter, according to the civic body. Following brainstorming by officials from various departments, a decision was taken to initiate trials for indigenous tulip bulb multiplication.
The NDMC ritually imports the spring-blooming flower around this time of the year and plants them in various places. The council had imported over 1 lakh tulip bulbs in 2022, and 65,000 in 2021. Establishing a Growth Cum Storage Chamber is aimed at reducing import costs, increasing tulip availability in the country, and providing a boost to the local floriculture industry, the agency said.
“By establishing a one-of-its-kind Tulip Growth Cum Storage Chamber, we are making attempts to encourage production in India itself with the objective to promote indigenous bulbs use, thereafter reducing dependence on imported bulbs being imported every year as the conditions/temperature is otherwise not suitable for multiplication/production of Tulips in Delhi region,” the NDMC said in a statement.
The newly established tulip chamber consists of a cold storage, which has the capacity to house 50,000 fresh bulbs that can be controlled in temperatures varying between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius. The set-up also comprises a tulip propagation chamber with a facility to grow around 2,000 bulbs, which can be further multiplied into 4,000 bulbs if kept within a temperature-controlled environment, according to the NDMC.