Drowning flowers

Asked July 11, 2019, 11:32 AM EDT

I live in SE MN, and we are having rain every other day. Flowers in my shaded pot have not survived because it's too wet and they don't dry out in that location. Is there an annual that likes shade and wet conditions?

Dodge County Minnesota

1 Response

Whether sun or shade plants, potted plants require adequate drainage.. Any plant that sits in water has decreased oxygen uptake and is subject to root rot. This is especially true of potted plants because water can back up in pots. Are you using saucers? Are the drainage holes plugged because they are on a flat surface such as concrete? Another option is to position pots under eves or move them periodically to shelter to drain. It is very frustrating with all the rain, but I don’t think that changing the plants will make a difference without solving the drainage issue. Shoreline plants may be better choices if you ra unable to improve the drainage. See: https://extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/choosing_drainage.cfm Also see the following for shoreline plants that tolerate standing water. https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/aquatic-shoreline-plant-selection/