Tulip Pests and Diseases
Tulip diseases are something growers need to learn to overcome if they want to grow beautiful and healthy tulip flowers. Wether you are farming or gardening tulips are prone to few fungal diseases.
Botrytis tulipae is a major fungal disease affecting tulips, causing cell death and eventually the rotting of the tulip plant.
Other pathogens that attack Tulips include anthracnose, bacterial soft rot, blight caused by Sclerotium rolfsii, bulb nematodes, other rots including blue molds, black molds and mushy rot.
The fungus Trichoderma viride can infect tulips, producing dried leaf tips and reduced growth, although symptoms are usually mild and only present on bulbs growing in glasshouses.
Variegated tulips admired during the Dutch tulipomania gained their delicately feathered patterns from an infection with the tulip breaking virus, a mosaic virus that was carried by the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae. While the virus produces fantastically streaked flowers, it also weakens plants and reduces the number of offsets produced. Tulips affected by mosaic virus are called “broken”; while such plants can occasionally revert to a plain or solid colouring, they will remain infected and have to be destroyed.
Today the virus is almost eradicated from tulip growers’ fields. The multicoloured patterns or modern varieties result from breeding; they normally have solid, not feathered borders between the colors.
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