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Benguet grows Holland tulips.

Baguio City - If the beautiful flowers in the farms of Benguet have taken your breath away, you'll be awed when you see the tulip farms of King Louie in Barangay Tapinao, Tuba, Benguet.

King Louie Farm, known for its high-end flower varieties, maintains the only tulip farm in Benguet that produces Holland tulips in the country.

Tulips, Netherland's national flower, are among the most sophisticated flowers in the world.

According to Gerson Lanoy, farm caretaker, the flower has a peak demand in the month of February.

They start growing the tuber starting November, in time for February when there is a high demand for the potted flower.

Like roses, Tulips also come in red, yellow, pink, white and yellow-red colors.

He said tulips are expensive because of the more sensitive system of growing and taking care of the flower. It demands a maintained low temperature of the environment.

This month, King Louise only grew 10,500 bulbs, where every pot contains three plants which have a peaking price of P450.

Lanoy also said, the life span of tulip flowers is only five days from the time the bud starts to open and cut from the plant. For the potted, however, the life span is one week, depending on the temperature. For a maintained temperature of 5 to 9 degrees Celsius, the flower can last up to a month.

"The life of a tulip is very sensitive. When exposed to the sun, the flowers easily wither that is why from the production stage, it is already required that the plants are maintained in a low temperature room. We even have to maintain an electric fan in the plantation so that the temperature does not increase," that causes damage of the plants, Lanoy explained.


TULIPS IN BENGUET - Visitors enjoy the scene of a sea of Holland Tulips grown by the King Louie Farm in Barangay Topinao, Tuba, Benguet. (Zaldy Comanda)

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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Feb 15, 2014
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