White Tulips

Anonymous added on August 30, 2011 | Answered

I no longer have pastel tulips, and have an over abundance of whites. I was told if there are any white tulips, they will all turn white. Any truth?

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Answered on August 31, 2011

I have not heard that white tulips can turn others white, but I have heard that tulips can change to white. There is a virus that causes a tulip to bloom with white streaks. This is called breaking. It can get bad enough to overcome the color of the bloom.

Another possibility is that the white tulips are hardier than the pastel tulips. This is not unusual for tulips. The white tulips may be naturalizing (spreading) while the pastel ones are dying back. This would make it look like the white tulips are changing the color of the pastel ones.

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