Home Hardware is reporting all is not well with the red and white tulips. Bill Slade just told me he has had reports from his brother they came up orange and purple. Home Hardware is asking each customer who bought the orange flowers to provide the time and location of their purchase as well as a photo, so that the company can work with the supplier in the Netherlands to figure out what went wrong.
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Theresa Fritz , councillor of Carleton Place said: “One of my colleagues at the paper who bought some Canada 150 Tulips (not in CP) was told that if you planted the bulbs in a bed with others tulips they would not bloom red and white. If you planted them in a new bed, they would be red and white. I have seen your writings about these tulips and thought I would share what I was told”.
Signs of Spring in Carleton Place– saw this on Jennifer E Ferris’s FB page–
So I planted 25 of the Canada 150 tulips in the fall, for this spring. Looks what’s growing!
Update –May 5th–2017– Jennifer Ferris’s tulip
My fiance and I went to the tulip festival yesterday- this is the Canada 150–Jessica Doxey
But horticulturists agree that the mystery of the orange tulips is more likely a simple case of mislabelling than a hybridization problem.
They were most likely a result of logistics and mixing up some different varieties of bulbs with the Canada 150 that were supposed to be put in the box,” gardening expert Mark Cullen told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview. “This isn’t a hybridizing problem or it would be much more widespread.”
Cullen said there can be “mild variation” in colour and pattern within a variety of tulip. In rare cases, more noticeable genetic mutations can occur through a process of natural hybridization. But Cullen said hybridization has become a precise process and neither of these explain how drastically different the orange flowers are from the intended red and white.
Egan Davis, a horticulturist at the University of British Columbia, said that, while the tulips farming process is highly mechanized, human error is most likely to blame.
“At the end of the day, the bulbs are in the field and it’s a person who identified which bulbs are going into which package,” he said. “It’s unfortunate because the right bulbs are somewhere, but they didn’t end up in the right bags.”