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I always thought that colorful tulip fields that every tourist coming to the Netherlands sees (alive or on postcards) are there to grow tulips.

Not always so.

At least some of them are for growing tulip bulbs: once flowers are out, beautiful and strong, their heads are cut out, so all the juices go down, to feed the bulb…

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