Frequently Asked Questions

Flower bulbs, tubers, seeds and perennials can be taken almost anywhere in the world. There are some exceptions, at your own risk.

Bringing bulbs, tubers, seeds and perennials to New-Zealand, Australia and South Africa is entirely at your own risk.

In countries with a warm climate and hardly cold winters (little or no frost), it is best for the spring-flowering bulbs to store them in the refrigerator for 6 weeks before planting them in a shady place or indoors in a pot.

Spring-flowering bulbs love (a severe) winter, which is why these bulbs thrive in a country with a cold climate, as long as the bulbs are planted in the autumn before the severe frost.

Flower bulbs consist of annual, biennial, perennial and naturalizing bulbs. This has to do with the extent to which the bulbs emerge again the following year or successive years. Tulip bulbs are annual flower bulbs, which means that the tulips are the most beautiful in the first year. It is best to take the tulip bulbs out of the ground when they have grown out. Other spring-flowering bulbs, such as hyacinths and daffodils, are perennial bulbs. These can remain in the ground after flowering and will bloom again the following year, although the quality of the flower bulbs will decrease over time. An exception are the spring-flowering botanical tulip bulbs. These are naturalizing flower bulbs, they will naturalize and will come back in even larger groups in successive years.

Spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses, are available from July to December. Summer-flowering tubers, such as dahlias, lilies, gladiolus and irises, are available from January through the end of May. In the same period as the summer flowering bulbs, Aviflora also has specially prepared tulip bulbs that can be planted directly in the spring; pre-cooled bulbs.

Flower bulbs can be divided into spring-flowering and summer-flowering bulbs. The spring-flowering bulbs, such as the tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and crocus, should be planted from September to December before the severe frost, after which they will bloom in the spring. Summer-flowering bulbs, such as the dahlia, lily and gladiolus, can be planted in the spring when the chance of frost has passed. As the name says, these bulbs will bloom in the summer months.

More information about instructions for planting your tulip bulbs can be found under the product group bulbs.

Especially for the admission of flower bulbs to America and Canada, Aviflora has had the bulbs inspected by the Plant Protection Service, where the bulbs receive a health certificate.

Flower bulbs can be divided into spring-flowering and summer-flowering bulbs. The flowering time of spring-flowering bulbs is in the spring, approximately from late March to late May. The flowering time of the summer flowering bulbs is in the summer months.

With tulip bulbs, tulips with a large size bulb generally give a firmer stem. Despite the sturdier stem of some varieties, it is advisable to plant them in a sheltered place because of the wind.

To prevent tulip bulbs from being eaten by animals, planting spring-flowering Allium and Fritillaria bulbs can help to control moles and voles. 

In the Netherlands, the tulip fields are in full bloom in the spring. However, the exact flowering period is difficult to determine, as it depends on the weather at the beginning of the year. In general, the flowering period starts about mid-March, with the tulips really in full bloom in April. The best time to admire the tulip fields is generally between mid-April and early May.

There is no maximum amount of bulbs that can be taken on the flight. So you are free to bring your own desired amount with you on your trip.

All purchases made behind the security check do not officially count as an extra piece of hand luggage. This allows you to fly with a bag filled with fresh tulips, tulip bulbs or tulip souvenirs with ease.

Flowers can be taken almost anywhere in the world and are for example also intended to fly 20 hours worldwide. At Aviflora, the flowers are packed in such a way that they can easily be taken on the plane by you. When flying with flowers, it is advisible to place the flowers under the seat in front of you during the flight, to damage the flowers as little as possible. 

Flowers can generally do without water for a long time. This makes flowers very suitable for flying around the world for example 20 hours. An example of a strong flower that you can travel with is the tulip. Tulips generally can do without water for 24 hours. 

Aviflora offers fresh tulips and (season-related) flowers at all locations throughout the year.

More information about care instructions for watering flowers can be found under the product group flowers