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TULIPA 'Banja Luka'
Banja Luka Tulip, Darwin Hybrid Tulip
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A member of the Darwin hybrid tulip class, 'Banja Luka' produces yellow flowers with wide red edges. It was developed by breeders Houtman & Konijn and introduced in 1998. Perched atop extremely tall stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, this tulip may be best treated as an annual. It flowers mid-season, corresponding to early to mid-spring, varying slightly by climate.
Tulip bulbs are a favorite food of small mammals including voles, and their succulent leaves and buds are favored by deer. Deep planting (at a depth of four to five times the bulbs' width) and underground barriers (such as buried hardware cloth) can discourage bulb predation. Interplanting with daffodils or other pest-resistant bulbs may deter both below-ground and above-ground pest damage.
Despite these problems, tulips are generally easy to grow. They prefer full to partial sun and require average to fertile soil with good drainage. Leave the lower foliage of perennial tulips after they bloom, so they can collect and store energy for next spring’s display. Once the leaves start to yellow, cut plants to the ground. Hardiness is cultivar/species dependent, but most require at least two months' worth of chilly soil conditions across winter in order to bloom in spring.
Tulips are unsurpassed for bringing spring color to containers or sunny gardens. Be sure to consider height and bloom time when designing with them as these vary greatly from cultivar to cultivar. It is also wise to plant extra for cutting as they make superb long-lasting cut flowers. This cultivar is good for winter forcing in large containers in scale with the tall plants, but these extra-long stems make it an exceptional cut flower. In cool summer soils and climates, Darwin hybrid tulips tend to be among the best to perennialize.
7 - 1
3 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
22"-28" / 55.9cm - 71.1cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Early Spring, Spring
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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