Moldy Tulip Bulbs
Moldy tulip bulbs are a big disappointment when you are hoping to fill a bed or some pots. It is not that unusual for their skins to have a bit of penicillin mold but these are beyond that tad bit stage. Mold penetrating tulip bulb Mold on emerging tulip bulb growth So, what to do? The plant references say to throw them out and buy new ones but I already spent $22 for 50 of these white tulip beauties. First, they got a soak in 1% bleach solution in the kitchen sink in the hope that the bleach would stop the mold from continuing to grow without killing the life force in the bulb itself. After a good slosh around, I wiped them off to see how much damage was beneath the blue and black. This tulip bulb is soft to the touch and there is little chance it will thrive in the soil. This basal root on these have been ruined by mold. The final step I took to try to salvage part of them was to spray them thoroughly with fungicide. They are all planted in the
Glad to know you are out there.
I don't know where you live or what your heat zone is but here Bibnonia needs a lot of sun to bloom.
Your Bignonias may be alive and waiting for warm weather before they send up leaves.
Tell me a little more: How sunny/shady is the arbor area? What's your zone?
We live in Northern VA, which is zone 7A according to the National Gardening Assoc. The arbor Jim built is on the north side of the house which receives 2 -3 hours of intense afternoon sun during the hot months in DC. Our Bignonias never lost their leaves. When we got them, they already looked a bit dried up and the leaves were curled up a bit, too. We planted them in late September. Thanks for your help!
I bet your bignonia will be just fine.
But, for my own interest, I'm going to do a bit of research will be posting information about vines. You'll find something on that list if you need to buy new plants.
Thanks for the links. Very helpful. We are very much looking forward to work in the yard once the temperatures go back up. Here is a picture of the arbor we built last year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinacat013/5175475086/in/set-72157623723640950/
Keep posting. We are learning alot from you.