Hi, just general observations. This appears to be a major step to slow everyone down, however, hopefully it is too keep people playing.
I currently have a bulb a level 2. It appears you need 25 faerie sap to get to level 5. That is a total of 875 regular sap, 500 faerie mumour and 875 living wood. For me that is weeks, if not months worth of collecting. AND this is apparently only Part 1 of this line.
I do believe the collections from the bulb are really wrong. Only 1520 coins for level 1 to only 2138 level 5, with no other drops, after all of those resources used. The bulb could at least chuck out a living wood or 2 on collection. Considering it is on a 10 hour timer.
I shudder to think what part 2 entails.