The Best Bulbs for Damp Soil

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 12, 2024)


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.

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What is 7 - 6?

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....


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