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Old 05-13-2015, 09:00 PM
Location: Portlandish, OR
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I'm so sad. I have a lot of tulips in my yard (portland oregon area) and am relatively new to flower gardening. I just realized TODAY that most of my tulips have some degree of this blight on them. Digging them up and removing them, bulb and all is the only way to go, right? And I know I'm not supposed to plant tulips in the same spots (which is pretty much everywhere throughout my front yard) for ~2 years.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:08 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Sorry to hear that.
The most common source of infection each spring is the stunted and blighted tulip plants (primary infectors) that have grown from diseased bulbs accidentally planted with the crop. Other sources of infection arise from sclerotia of Botrytis tulipae germinating in the soil, decaying tulip stems, and other plant parts. If tulips are planted in contaminated soil within two years, there is considerable risk that they will become infected.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:50 AM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OP I'm sorry to hear that. I felt the same way when all of my hollyhocks go rust. I'd wanted them for so long. There are some out by the road that self so, but I've moved on from planting them in the garden. They are not happy here.

If you get a lot of rain and have soil that stays moist, you may want to consider other plants. What did you like about your tulips? There may be other plants that may fit the bill, and also be more disease resistant in your yard.
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