Disease Resistant Tulips -= help!

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Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:32:49 PDT
On 15 Apr 2009, at 10:51, Linda Kumin wrote:

> [Has] anyone out there has found any types or cultivars of tulips that are
> resistant to "tulip fire" - botrytis tulipa [?]

If you have tulip fire, the first thing to suspect is cultural conditions. 
Tulips demand full sun, good ventilation, and, please, no top dressing with 
organic material! Even a mulch of leaves can cause trouble.

Good hygiene is important too: careful removal of faded and diseased flowers 
and foliage. Don't compost it! Put it in the household garbage or burn it.

At a guess, the bed your tulips are in may be so contaminated with spores of B. 
tulipae now that the best bet would be to move them to a clean, uncontaminated 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island


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