The symptoms are the appearance of a mass of
grey spores as the leaves emerge from the bulb, causing the leaves to stick
together. It is most likely to occur in cold, wet weather.
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The flowers are
often spotted and the leaves can be polled away from the bulb revealing a grey mould at the base. It can
also occur later in the season in cold conditions when it is less easy to spot.
The primary infection usually occurs in the previous year
foliar spray with an appropriate fungicide
while the bulbs are in growth. Dead foliage should be removed from the beds
that are left down for a second year.