All flowers and certainly tulips are very popular this year.

But because that was not the case last year, the growers have planted fewer bulbs and the wet winter also means that the tulips do not flourish optimally.

At the auction, the typical Dutch flowers are now almost twice as expensive, says chairman Arjan Smit of tulip growers collective TPN.

"Normally, one tulip costs 0.14 euros, now it is 0.23 euros in free trade," says Smit.

But most of the two billion Dutch tulips are sold through contracts.

The prices of these were determined in winter last year.

"As a result, tulips in the supermarket are still affordable."

Last year, as a result of the outbreak of the corona crisis, there was a drop in demand, as a result of which many growers suffered losses.

"As a result, 400 hectares less has been planted," said the TPN chairman.

The total tulip arsenal covers 12,000 hectares.

"It is still about 200 million tulips less."

The wet winter also plays a role in the declining supply.

"Wet weather is very bad for the tulip harvest", says Smit, who is also a grower himself.

The season now also starts much later.

"Normally the flowers are removed on May 6 so that the bulb can grow again. We haven't even started that yet."

Last year the tulips were thrown away

Royal FloraHolland confirms that "good prices" are currently being paid for the tulips.

"And there is a lot of demand," said an auction spokesperson.

"Last year, a lot was thrown away during this period."

About 60 percent of the two billion tulips go to shops, such as supermarkets, through contracts.

"At the moment 'corona prices' are still being charged there, but that will not be the case next year", predicts Smit.

The other 40 percent of tulips are freely traded and are already pricey.

Incidentally, only 20 percent of all tulips from Dutch soil stays here.

"The rest goes abroad. At least half goes to Germany."