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Brampton Ontario Canada
May 6, 2020 4:16 PM CST
Hi I wanted to ask if you have ever seen a yellow tulip with one bright red petal and what might cause this. This is the first time that I have ever seen it.
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 7, 2020 11:36 AM CST
Its caused by a disease and its called Tulip breaking virus, and is one of five plant viruses of the family Potyviridae that cause color-breaking of tulip flowers.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 7, 2020 3:49 PM CST
That's a thought Luke, but I don't think its right. Tulip Breaking looks like feathering. This looks more like some little genetic hiccup. Tulips do tend to change color as the bulbs age.
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