tulip problems

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Old 05-30-01, 03:39 AM
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I want to divide some tulips. I noticed some brown spots on
the leaves. Can these bulbs be saved? Would a bleach solution help?
I think that it could be some kind of virus.
should I add something to the soil to prevent the spread of this to other bulbs in the garden?
thanks, Anita
 
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Old 05-30-01, 03:56 AM
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Hi Anita,

It sounds like it could be blight. Try benomyl, but you may have to discard them.

http://www.msue.msu.edu/msue/imp/mod03/01700926.html

I'm not sure where you are, but you shouldn't divide your tulips until the leaves have turned brown. They are feeding your bulb for next years bloom. Cut the tulips down to the leaves. If they go to seed, they are robbing energy from the bulb.

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Old 05-30-01, 08:02 PM
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thanks for all the help. I live in Pa and the leaves have turned brown. should I use horse manure for a new bed or just bone meal.
 
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Old 05-30-01, 08:11 PM
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Hi Anita,

You're welcome! Any manure you add should be composted for one year.

I hesitate answering your questiona about bonemeal. There has been a lot of controversy about it lately as to whether it's a viable nutrient to bulbs.

I would suggest adding a bulb fertilizer. Check at your local nurseries.

My tulip leaves are still green in MO. I didn't realize that PA was that much warmer than we were??? Are you having an unusually warm season?

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Old 06-01-01, 09:28 AM
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Pa. weather was very warm and dry for spring. It is now cooler and wetter.
After I dig up the garden can I replant the bulbs right away or must I wait until fall.
I have tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, grape hyacinth and crocus.
What other perenials would you suggest to mix in to hide the foliage after they bloom.
 
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Old 06-01-01, 01:47 PM
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Hi Anita,

You can plant them now or store and plant in the fall. Work some bulb fertilizer in the hole.

Any kind of lily would be good. They start growing early in the season and should hide the yellow/brown leaves. When I need ideas, I check this site out. You can pull up your zone and other specifics about plants you want and click for a color photo.

http://bluestoneperennials.com/

(I always draw a blank when someone asks me for suggestions--like when they ask what you want for your birthday!)

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Old 06-01-01, 06:26 PM
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Hi Gami,
Thanks for all your help. It is very much appreciated
 
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