Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, organic soils. Best with upper plant in full sun and roots in shade. Mulch around plants to keep root zone cool. Plant bulbs 4-6” deep in fall or very early spring. Potted plants may be planted any time from spring to fall. Plant in groups of three for best display and space 12” apart. Bulbs need good moisture year-round. Do not allow soil to dry out. Remove flowers as they fade to prevent seed from setting. After bloom, cut plants back only after leaves and stems turn yellow.
‘Black Out’ is a Division I Asiatic hybrid lily. Asiatic hybrids are known for their large, often non-fragrant flowers (4-6” wide), wide range of colors and early summer bloom. Asiatic lilies are among the first of the lilies to bloom. ‘Black Out’ features funnel-shaped, dark carmine red flowers with darker black-flushed-red shading in the center of each petal. Flowers bloom in June-July on rigid stems rising 2-3’ tall. Stems are clad with narrow, lanceolate, dark green leaves. Excellent fresh cut flower.
For the average gardener, Asiatic hybrid lilies are perhaps the easiest lilies to grow. Usually pest free, but potential diseases include: (1) lily mosaic virus (prompt control of aphids which vector the disease is highly recommended, since there is no cure once infection occurs); (2) bulb rot (particularly in wet, poorly drained soils); and (3) Botrytis. Plants may need staking if grown in too much shade (stems weaken) or in locations exposed to strong winds.
An excellent, showy flower that provides color and contrast to the summer perennial border. Also may be grown in pots or containers, but plants and flowers will be somewhat smaller.