When you are visiting Holland in spring there is a big change that you want to see the flower fields in bloom but the blooming of the flowers depends on the weather conditions in the first months of the year. So it isn’t easy to predict the blooming of the flower fields.
‘Normal’ flower season
The blooming of the flower fields in Holland depends on the weather conditions in winter and spring. When the weather is cold the flower fields are growing much slower than when is warm weather. A cold winter and spring will result in a delay of the blooming flower fields. A warm winter and spring will result in an earlier blooming periode.
What time do the tulips bloom in Holland?
The blooming of the tulip fields in Holland has something magical. They bring happiness to people watching the tulip fields. But the Bollenstreek (flower region) in Holland has more kinds of flowers. Each of this flowers are blooming in a different periode.
- Snowwhites – February – March
- Crocus – February – March
- Daffoldils – March and April
- Hyacints – End of March – April
- Tulips – Mid April – beginning of May
We divide the flower season into three periods. Flower varieties bloom in each period.
1. Daffodils and Crocuses in bloom
Daffodils and crocuses are the first flowers to bloom in Holland. The flower fields mainly color yellow and purple. At Keukenhof Gardens most of the blooming tulips can be found at the indoor flower shows. In the outside gardens you will mostly see crocuses and daffodils in bloom and maybe some early tulips.
We expect the first period to start around mid-March and last until the beginning of April
2. Hyacinths in bloom
During the second period the hyacinths start flowering. The flower fields color purple, pink, white and blue in beautiful pastel shades. The hyacinths also bloom in Keukenhof together with more and more early tulips
We expect the second period to start around the end of March and last until the third week of April
3. Tulips in bloom
The last period of time is the most popular period. The tulip fields are blossoming. The flower fields color in hard colors such as red, yellow, purple and many other colors. In Keukenhof, everything is in full bloom in the outdoor gardens. At the end of this period the growers start to head tulips so that all energy goes back to the flower.
We expect the third period to start around mid-April and last until the beginning of May
Blooming prediction 2020
The prediction of the blooming is very difficult. The weather in Holland is very hard to predict. In a normal year, Mid April till the end of April is the best period to see the tulip fields. If you want to keep updated about the Flower Forecast, please sign up for our free email updates.
Planning your trip to Holland
When you want to see the blooming flowers in spring it’s very important to book your hotel on time. Especially if you want to stay in the Bollenstreek (Flower region) or in Amsterdam Centre, you should be quick to book your hotel. At the popular weeks, hotels are fully booked quickly.
Popular travel periods in 2020 will be:
- April 10 till April 13 2020 – Because of Easter weekend
- April 22 till April 26 2020 – Because the Dutch Flower Parade will be held on April 25th
- April 23 till April 30 2020 – Because of peak blooming of the tulips (with normal weather conditions)
Free weekly Flower Forecast
We are located in Lisse (location of the Keukenhof Gardens) so we see the flower fields every day. We will provide a free weekly flower report about the status of the flower fields and the flower blooming in Keukenhof. This weekly update will start in the beginning of March and ends on the closing day of Keukenhof. Our weekly reports will also give you free information about events and tours around Keukenhof and Amsterdam. In the other months we will send a monthly update about the tulips.Sign up for our free blooming update
The updates are also shared on our website and our Facebook page
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