Tulips are prone to many diseases. So, it is important to know these diseases, and take preventive measure to ensure a healthy bloom.
Stunted growth can also be a problem if your tulips are exposed to inadequate winter cooling or warm spring temperatures.Here are some problems with growing tulips that you should be aware of.
If you are growing your tulips from the same bulbs year after year, then you may not get healthy blooms. So, it is better to use fresh bulbs season.
A number of animals find tulips quite tasty, thus making you, the gardener’s job a lot more difficult. You will know that your tulips have been feasted on if you see half-eaten bulbs or plants, sneaky tunnels in the ground, tiny holes in the dirt or small mounds of earth around the flower bed. To prevent this, use wire mesh all around the tulip beds and even some sharp gravel in the planting holes.
Bulb rot is another disease that you need to be aware of, especially when you are buying the bulbs. Only go with those bulbs which are free from molds or abrasions, and buy from reputed vendors only. Also, make sure you plant in soil that is well-drained. Fungi love moisture. So, dampness will always lead to infected bulbs.
Tulip Blight is another disease that you need to know about. This disease affects the foliage and bulbs, and usually happens when the climate is cold and wet. Destroying all afflicted plants and bulbs, and spraying with fungicide will help.
Tulips are also susceptible to a number of viral infections, and the best way to fight them is to get rid of all infected bulbs and plants.
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