Bulbs forum: Yellow tips :-(

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 19, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Hi all you bulb mavens. I have a question. I live in North-central Massachusetts and my bulbs are mostly up, except for the later bloomers. The ones that are up include tulips, hyacinth and daffodils. The tulips and hyacinth are looking good, but the daffodils....well, I'm not so sure.

I'm new to all this so please forgive me not knowing the proper terminology. The green parts are up to about three inches tall, and some are beginning to show flower buds. But on many of them, the tips of the green parts are more yellow than green. A few are coming up completely yellow-ish. One is even has a yellow, horizontal stripe about midway down from the tip. (pictures below)

I'm pretty sure this means something, but I'm not sure what! Does it mean that there's too much of something in the soil, or not enough of something? Or is it just indicative of the flower color to be?

Very grateful for any advice. Thank You! in advance!


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AKA Joey.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 23, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Joanna, this is pretty typical of a lot of bulb plants. They usually green up after a few days of sunshine. I think its the parts that have been underground and the chlorophyl hasn't developed yet, and bulbs grow so quickly when spring arrives that the yellow growth shows first. The tips that look a little brown may have been exposed to some extreme cold, but should still be fine.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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