- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
You all have so many good suggestions-- thank you!
For me, as much as I love them the shine has gone off tulips after last spring's rain and what I suspect may have been Tulip Fire disfiguring our many tulip patches. This year I might have to dig out all of the tulips that remain, and dispose of them.
sorry about the botrytis attacking your tulips, they sure don't like a lot of rain when they are flowering. after planting several thousand bulbs one year of many different varieties i also had that infect my large tulip bed. through the years it comes and goes for certain varieties and others don't seem to be done in by it. what also happened was that it spread to my tall lily plants and i ended up helping those fight back by putting down wood chips around them to keep the soil from splashing up on the plants. it did not help the tulips. i still have a much smaller patch of tulips and they will do ok since they are inside the fence.
chipmunks, squirrels or groundhogs come in and sometimes dig some up but they don't keep after them as much as the chipmunks keep going for the crocuses.