K S mith

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Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 16:09

I get two or three years out of mine as well and in a nursery bed, grow on the small bulbs into large flowering ones.  As to peat free, there is too much variation in the quality but I have found one that gives consistent results. We need to preserve our peatlands as a carbon sink and for flood control. And I always use grit at the base of the bulbs for drainage.

I have consulted forums for various things over the years, and have found the car enthusiasts to be the best at having good usable information. Most sites have an expert monitor who not only overlooks but advises.  GW should as well to assure that the information that is going out has quality. 

Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:04

I know all that; I feed my tulips after flowering and repot in fresh peat free compost. That's why it's a mystery to me. I don't think it's a virus like tulip fire but tulips are susceptible to nematodes which are virus vectors. I remove these bad buds when they form, usually on dwarfed stems, allowing the plant to not waste energy on it. 

So. Bacterial? Environmental? My neighbour looked at it the wrong way? It's not possible to ask the experts at GW as us mere mortals won't get a reply.

So come on Horticulturists; what causes these tulip buds to fail?

(And thank you Fairygirl for your help. I open the pc to work so don't always check forums and need to be told when a reply is in. I don't really like forums as I too often don't see a proper answer and it can be a waste of time.)

Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:23

Let me know what you find out.

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Why do some tulip buds turn papery?

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:02

Hello. I found sometimes the tulips I’ve planted in pots as well as in the ground will develop buds but some will stop developing and turn pale and papery and die. The plants look healthy enough.  Any idea why this is?

Rats in the compost bin

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 12:44

My allotment is above the river and rats have always been around but this last year their presence became a problem.

I used metal bins for the bird seed and chicken wire to close off where they gnawed the shed door, and finally poisons (found three large dead adults) and the population has dropped. I set rat traps in the runs that weren’t sprung. I no longer put vegetable trimmings in the compost bin.  I did find runs through the pallet compost bins and noticed the loss of the amphibians that lived there. I now take my cat with me to the allotment and she is a good presence, though I believe small rodents are more her forte. 

The Gardeners World article mentions not using compost that had rats in it on edible crops, I’m assuming as a mulch.  What about using it as a soil conditioner or a top dress?  If used as a top dress on herbaceous beds, will this attract rats?

 I also have a new pond; is it possible to prevent rats here? 

And I will seek out snake poo, as learned from another thread.

Viburnum tinus not flowering

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 21:28

It looks beautiful, nice shiny healthy leaves.  I did have a problem with thrips the first year but sprayed and that hasn't reoccurred. I know thrips would damage the new buds and prevent flowering.  I've seen V. tinus in pots flowering. It is possible.

Viburnum tinus not flowering

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 20:22

Hello All. I have a three year old Viburnum tinus in a large pot and pruned it back after the first year to keep it in shape. No flowers, but I know I pruned them off.  

So I didn't prune at all and still have no flowers.  I know if it needs, to prune immediately after flowering so I would expect there to be flowers this winter, as I didn't touch it.  The pot is fed regularly and top dressed with compost in the spring. Where's the flowers gone?

Only thing I can think of is not enough sunlight and this year the pot has been moved to a brighter area. Will this make a difference?

Talkback: How to grow marginal pond plants

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 19:14
Chris didn't take the plants out of the pots? I would have thought planting in the large planter in the gravel would have been enough to contain the water plants. And Equistrium? Who's he trying to kid. Really!

Growing on tulips

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 16:55

You and I garden in a very similar way, right down to having too many pots of tulips.  Thank you for your input.

Growing on tulips

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:59

Foliar feed after flowering; high potash?  This year I've planted the bulbs with a bed of course grit and FFB mixed into the compost as a feed hoping to keep the bulbs strong.  How deep should the offsets be planted in the nursery bed? I know flowering takes energy away from the bulbs.

Thank you Dave for the information. 

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