Tulip Fire


Tips of emerging leaves appear brown and scorched, and often shrivel and rot. The foliage soon becomes covered in a grey fungus. Brown spots appear on the leaves and flowers, which may also rot.


Masses of grey fungal spores, which are spread by wind or rain, appear on infected plants in damp weather. Later the fungus forms hard, black, pin-head sized bodies (sclerotia) on the outer scales of affected bulbs and these can remain dormant in the soil for up to two years awaiting the next tulip host.


The flowers look unsightly and may not open. The plant is weakened.


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