The Best Bulbs for Damp Soil

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 25, 2012)

1

While everyone would like to have their soil be a bit moist, there is a bit of a problem between moist and damp. Unfortunately, if you have damp soil you can find yourself having some difficulties growing the bulb plants that you would like. That is, unless you have a list of the best bulbs for damp soil. Here is a list that you can use to begin your garden. Remember, this list is only a small number of the bulbs that you may want to plant in your next garden.

  • Tulips. These flowers can grow in most any kind of soil, but do pretty well in soil that is nice and damp as long as it has decent drainage. Make sure that the soil is weed and stone free, and has recently been aerated. On the average, the hole that you will be planting needs to be big enough to fit all of the bulbs (no more than two or three) you are planting in one single group. A good depth to plant the bulbs to is about twice the length of the bulb itself.
  • Amaryllis. This is a particularly easy bulb to plant and grow. While these bulbs will require some staking to help grow properly, the flowers will last for at least four weeks after blooming. If the proper care is given they can even last up to six weeks. Ideally you will need to keep the temperature between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Since it does really well in soil that is damp, but evenly moist, it is perfect for growing inside your home or apartment as a potted plant.
  • Camassia. Camassia is a wonderfully resilient and beautiful bulb plant that can grow in a wide variety of soils. While it is ideal for dry soil (particularly since it can survive in zones 3 through 10) it can also tolerate wet soil. In addition, if you happen to have any deer in the area, then this plant is a good one to have in your garden since it is also deer resistant. Keep in mind that it can grow up to four feet tall, and will produce white or blue colored petals.
  • Canna. Canna is a great bulb plant that you can use to add a little bit of tropical elegance to your garden. Considering that this plant can grow up to six feet tall, and three feet wide, you need to make sure that you have enough space for the plant to grow properly. Ideally this plant should be planted at either the exterior or interior most edges of your garden to help frame the rest of the plants. The ideal location for a plant such as this would along the banks of a pond or a stream.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Using a Juicer

Whether you are looking for ways to improve your nutritional intake or you are simply looking for ways to have some great, ...

Discover More

Storing and Organizing Medications

Storing and organizing medications can often present unique problems. For example, is there a specific place that you should ...

Discover More

Restoring Old Tennis Shoes

There really is nothing more comfortable than a pair of old tennis shoes. However, over time these old friends become nasty ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Darling Daffodils

Originating from the woodlands of Europe, daffodils are from the Narcissus family and are one of the most easily-grown ...

Discover More

Keeping Bulbs Healthy During the Winter

When the proper steps are taken, it is entirely possible to store bulbs during the cold winter months. In fact, if you know ...

Discover More

The Best Bulbs for Dry Soil

Bulbs are a great spring time plant that can bring a wonderful variety of color, and help announce that warmer weather is ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 2 + 1?

2012-09-25 06:30:22

John Barrs

I think that you need to be more specific both here and on the 'dry bulbs' answer. And I mean 'specific' some species could not possibbly grow in some environments - for instance, Amaryllis usually found would not grow *and flower* outdoors and also, not all of us can afford to buy to replant every year so a note about the fact that canna are killed by frost - etc etc....


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)