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Name: Elias Serrano
Stanton, CA (Zone 10a)
EliS
Mar 13, 2018 11:05 PM CST
I planted some spring bulbs back in january and they have started growing foliage right now. However one of my tulips seems to be lacking conpared to the rest in the pot i am using. Its smaller and looks like it is drying out conpared to the others as they seem healthy and green. I dont believe its pests as the other plants would look like the one im concerned about. Just to let you know i am growing crocuses and tulips in the same pot and of course theyre spring bulbs. I leave them outside for sure for about 5 to 6 hours of sunlight every day. If anyone can tell me whats happening because i dont want this to spread to the other tulips if this is a serious problem.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 14, 2018 12:15 PM CST
Soil looks dry, I believe that's the problem. Water when top inch or two of soil gets dry.

Not enough sun, leave them outside, all day and nite. They also love cold nites. Give them as much sun as you can. Move to indirect sun when they start to bloom for flowers to last longer.
In zone 10, crocus' should of been planted in late fall, I believe.
Bulbs usually arrive in nurseries at planting time.
I'm in zone 8. My crocus' bloomed last month. So I kind of doubt yours will even come up, this year. Since they are usually the first thing to bloom in spring, and need cool temps.





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Name: Elias Serrano
Stanton, CA (Zone 10a)
EliS
Mar 14, 2018 1:51 PM CST
Ill take this advice into consideration but I have already watered them the day before this post was made. I can try to find an even sunnier spot but really nothing i can see would explain why only one is suffering here. The crocuses were bought pretty late and both the tulips and crocuses were planted mid to end of january. Ill wait and see what happens to the crocuses
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 14, 2018 2:06 PM CST
When you buy bulbs there can be the occasional one that has some kind of problem and doesn't do well. At this point it doesn't look as bad as something like tulip fire disease but I would be surprised if it recovers also. What is your hope for these bulbs? The tulips may not flower for years, depending what kind they are.
Name: Elias Serrano
Stanton, CA (Zone 10a)
EliS
Mar 14, 2018 2:15 PM CST
This is my first season ever planting spring bulbs so i didnt have experience with this in the past. I was expecting both to flower if im being honest. Is there something wrong with the other tulips in your opinion that looks like they wont flower. I planted them pretty late so i was expecting them to flower a little later than usual
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Mar 14, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Tulips need a period of cold otherwise they won't flower, which is why they are planted in fall (in areas where it gets cold enough). Do you know if those were forcing tulips (already chilled) or just left-overs intended for fall planting outdoors? Have yours been indoors since you planted them?
Name: Elias Serrano
Stanton, CA (Zone 10a)
EliS
Mar 14, 2018 3:15 PM CST
I held back some info about that im sorry. I bought the tulipd from my nursery in fall for the spring. I left them them in a drawer inside my fridge until january when i planted them. The crocus on the other hand i bought in early december from walmarts outdoor section and left them outside till january since they were already forced for convenience
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 14, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Shame, Shame ! Holding back, doesn't help, Anybody !
It just confuses us !!!
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Elias Serrano
Stanton, CA (Zone 10a)
EliS
Mar 14, 2018 5:41 PM CST
I didnt believe it was relevant to the problem or if it mattered to be known 😅 ill be more specific next time

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