Posted by Newt on May 09, 2003 at 13:34:13:
In Reply to: Tulip damage: fungus or frost??? posted by Angie on May 06, 2003 at 21:14:54:
: Most of my tulips (in a well mulched bed enriched with cow manure) came up spectacularly this year. However, about third came up somewhat undersized, and with blotches on the leaves that looked like they had been splashed with rusty water.
: I feared this was a fungus, but when I dug up a few bulbs, they showed no sign of invasion; they were solid, white and apparently healthy with many bulbets.
: A friend told me the damage probably came from frost (we had a bad winter with late frosts after the tulips had broken the surface of the soil).
: Any theories here? I'm worried that if indeed I do have a fungus at work, it will damage or kill off the rest of the bulbs.
: Thanks for any thoughts!
Some tulips have leaves that are mottled. Maybe that is what you are seeing. Sometimes the bulbs get mixed up. If you had a fungus at work the bulbs probably wouldn't have sprouted at all. Also, sometimes a virus gets into the bulbs, but that usually only causes a color variation and doesn't harm the bulb at all.