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Q.Have Apples Damaged My Bulbs?

Zone Aylesbury, England. | Anonymous added on October 22, 2021 | Answered

I have just found out that bulbs can be damaged if stored near fruit as they give off ethylene gas. I had kept daffodil and tulip bulbs in our garage for a month and about 2 weeks ago my husband put 2 buckets of apples near the bulbs. The bulbs look alright but I don’t know if they will flower normally in the spring. What do you think? I have moved the bulbs now.

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Answered on October 25, 2021

As long as the bulbs are still firm and plump, I believe they will bloom normally. Ethylene gas can cause the shoot to begin emerging from the bulb or the formation of a brown, hard deposit, called gummosis, on the outside of the bulb.





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