Dry tulips

Asked April 22, 2019, 6:53 PM EDT

I saw these tulips at a friends home. She said they never properly matured, and now they are dry. Seems odd considering all the rain we have had. It appears there may be more than one issue, I’m wondering if this is tulip-fire? Thank you, Louise

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Your diagnosis is correct. The recent moderate temperatures and continuing periodic rainfall, even though limited in amount, provided perfect conditions for tulip fire, the name for botrytis (gray mold) on tulips.

Unfortunately the only treatment available to your friend is to remove and discard the entire clump. Also remove all fallen debris such as fallen spent petals. No commercial products are available for home gardeners to treat tulip fire.