Keith Kridler, Texas

diseased bulb basal rot?

January 7, 2008
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Categories: Basal Rot, Bulb Information, Diseases and Pests, Fungus, Growing Daffodils

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Here are a couple of healthy bulbs and one “soft” bulb. You can’t see it very well but there are shades of green mold and a wine colored fungus or mold growing around (consuming) the last of the remaining white healthy bulb tissue in the bulb I split in two. We dug these with a backhoe and when you damage the basil plate or crush the bulbs when digging we often get this type of rot in the bulbs.
I actually had a hard time finding one of these bad bulbs yesterday. Snow flakes or snow drops are pretty hardy and this was the only one out of the 1,400 that we replanted that was “bad”.
These bulbs are sitting in the bottom of my storage trays. They are actually old perforated metal trays from an egg hatchery. They are 3″ deep 16″ wide (.5 Meter) by 39″ long (1 meter). We had three trays left over this year or just less than 500 per tray. Keith Kridler

One response to “diseased bulb basal rot?”

  1. Larry Force says:
    Keith and eneryone,
    What is the best way to increase your chance of saving a daffodil bulb that you have cut or damaged while digging them. (as we all do from time to time) If I cut or damage a bulb while digging I lose it just about everytime. It soon looks like the one on the right in your posting.
    Have rubbed in captan in the cut area in the past but that does not  seem to help much.
    Regards,
    Larry

    Keith Kridler < title=> wrote:

    Here are a couple of healthy bulbs and one “soft” bulb. You can’t see it
    very well but there are shades of green mold and a wine colored fungus or
    mold growing around (consuming) the last of the remaining white healthy bulb
    tissue in the bulb I split in two. We dug these with a backhoe and when you
    damage the basil plate or crush the bulbs when digging we often get this
    type of rot in the bulbs.

    I actually had a hard time finding one of these bad bulbs yesterday. Snow
    flakes or snow drops are pretty hardy and this was the only one out of the
    1,400 that we replanted that was “bad”.

    These bulbs are sitting in the bottom of my storage trays. They are actually
    old perforated metal trays from an egg hatchery. They are 3″ deep 16″ wide
    (.5 Meter) by 39″ long (1 meter). We had three trays left over this year or
    just less than 500 per tray. Keith Kridler


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