Archive for the ‘Tulips’ Category

Tulip Care – How to Prune Tulips

Tulips, like virtually all flowering plants, will at some point lose their blooms. The petals (called perianths) become brown as they decay. Unlike some flowering plants, however, caring for tulips is simplicity itself. Often treated like an annual, it’s possible to do nothing at all and simply let nature takes its course. First the flowers […]

Tulip Care 101 | How To Take Care of Flowering Bulbs

Did you ever wonder how to take care for your flowering bulbs after they wilted? To prepare your bulbs you just have to follow afew simple steps.The tulip blossoming period is beautiful – and swift. Your garden may show blossoms in early, mid or late Spring, from early April to late May, early June. Most […]

Common Tulip Bulbs Diseases

The overwhelming majority of diseases in tulips, as for other living things, are caused by bacteria, fungi and/or viruses. Combating them in the case of tulips, fortunately, is usually not a full-time occupation. Tulips tend to be hardy and disease resistant. There are a few common problems, though, that are worth watching out for.
Many start right at the bulb. Basal Rot, caused by Fusarium oxysporum, is a fungal growth that produces large, dark brown spots on the bulb. The bulb may also have a white or pink fungal growth. Even if the plant grows the flowers become deformed and the foliage will often die prematurely. Management is simple. Just avoid planting bulbs that have a white or pink fungus on them. Blue Mold is another common disease of tulip bulbs. The disease is caused by the penicillium fungus and bulbs acquire a bluish tinge. The leaves may be reddish, while the roots may be powdery. Try to purchase bulbs that have been pre-treated for fungi. Propiconazole (Brand name: Banner) is useful for protecting plants from invasion.