Value of the import and export of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands 2008-2021
Production area increases
Between 2008 and 2020, the area used to produce tulip bulbs in the Netherlands increased significantly, from 114,000 hectares in 2008 to 149,000 hectares in 2020. The tulip bulb is the most-widely produced flower bulb in the country, with almost three times as many hectares dedicated to its production than to the runner-up, lilies. By contrast, the area used for producing gladioli was over 18 times smaller, at roughly 8,000 hectares.
Germany most important export partner
The most important destination of Dutch plants and flowers was neighboring country Germany, with an export value of roughly 2.74 billion euros in 2020. This was over twice as much as the export value of the flower and plant trade with the second largest trade partner, the United Kingdom (1.2 billion euros). Completing the top three of leading export partners, the value of Dutch export to France was approximately 910 million euros.