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Bienvenue Tulip, Darwin Hybrid Tulip
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The warm-colored flowers - yellow with a smear of faint red - of Bienvenue tulips certainly say "welcome" to the return of spring. A member of the Darwin hybrid tulip class, this cultivar was selected by breeder H. Roozen Niczn. and introduced in 1984. Perched atop extremely tall stems above broadly lance-shaped leaves, the elegant blooms have six pointed "petals" (more accurately tepals). Each tepal is bold yellow with a brush-like stroke of red in the middle. The overall effect on the flower is making the yellow look suffused with red-orange. A rather short-lived bulbous perennial, 'Bienvenue' may be best treated as an annual. It flowers mid-season, corresponding to early to mid-spring, varying 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 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.
8 - 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
Yellow, Gold, Orange Red
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border
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