Disease Resistant Tulips -= help!

Linda Kumin lkumin@yahoo.com
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:51:25 PDT
I am new to this list, and still trying to get help.  I am trying to find out if anyone out there has found any types or cultivars of tulips that are resistant to "tulip fire" - botrytis tulipa.
I am an organic gardener and don't want to use chemicals, so I am looking for resistant tulips only.  Please, if anyone out there has observed some tulips that don't get tulip fire, I'd appreciate it.  
In my garden, the following tulips have not shown evidence of botytis, even though it swept through every bed I had: Greigii 'Donna Bella,'  T. praestans 'Fusilier,'  species tulip t. tarda.
The Darwin hybids, the parrots, the doubles (early and late) were the worst affected.
Any insights about what might work would be greatly appreciated.
Linda Kumin
Mercer Island, WA Zone 8b
--- On Tue, 4/14/09, John Grimshaw <j.grimshaw@virgin.net> wrote:

From: John Grimshaw <j.grimshaw@virgin.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] OT bulb exploration and finding sundews instead
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 11:18 PM

Justin's story about sundews in Texas reminds me of a day spent bulb-hunting

near Cape Town with Graham Duncan. We found a slope that had been burned the 
previous season, covered in the usual charred proteas that make a terrible 
mess of clothing, and thought that it looked suitable. There were plenty of 
bulbs as expected, but also masses of Drosera capensis with elongated, 
beautifully sticky leaves. Although well aware of the tuberous species in 
southern Africa it was stil a very pleasant surprise to see it there. From 
the British perspective one expects Drosera to be plants of damp places (as 
most indeed are), and to be rather insignificant, so lush stands of a large 
species on a dry hillside just 'doesn't seem quite right'!

John Grimshaw

Dr. John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
GL53 9NP

Tel. 01242 870567

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