I know not to plant tulip bulbs before November because they are prone to this disease if planted too early. I'm curious to know why; I don't know of any other plant/disease combo which is dependent on planting time. Since I'm a tight wad who likes to get value for money, I only plant species tulips, and once planted, they stay there. Are they also vulnerable to tulip fire?
Here I have both kinds, having put the species and the fancier ones in the ground and in pots because the soil here is generally lighter, warmer and better drained. Again, no problems with the species and even some of the taller hybrids have come back for a second year when they are in big pots with shrubs.
I still wait till November to plant new ones tho.
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