Black Beauty


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Jonathan Green Black Beauty Orginal Grass Seed for Sale Online

Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty ® Original Grass Seed contains our most drought-tolerant turf grasses that blend into and improve any lawn. The Black Beauty® breakthrough in turfgrass breeding led to the creation of a new family of elite turf-type tall fescues that are naturally darker green in color, uniform in leaf texture, will not shred when mown, and will thrive even under adverse growing conditions. This seed germinates in 10-14 days.

For the best results, follow the directions below for establishing a new lawn or overseeding an existing one.

  • Mow – Mow the lawn at the lowest mower setting before seeding to allow the seed to reach the soil.
  • Rake - Rake over the existing grass with a metal rake to remove the thatch layer and any debris to loosen the soil. Add additional topsoil to fill in holes and level the ground.
  • Check soil pH level – Have a soil test taken to check your soil’s pH level. The optimum soil pH should be between 6.2 to 7.0.

  • When to apply – The best time to apply seed is mid-August to mid-October while the ground is still warm and the nights are cooler. Mid-March through mid-May is the next best time to plant when the soil temperature reaches 55º+ Fahrenheit and the temperature of the air stays consistently warm.
  • Spread seed – Apply half of the seed with a rotary spreader in one direction (north to south) and the remainder in the opposite direction (east to west). It is beneficial to spread a new seeding fertilizer that is high in phosphorus at this time as well.
  • Rake seed – Rake lightly into the ground with a metal rake. Walk with light, even footsteps on the seedbed to firm the soil around the seed. Do not bury the seed more than one-fourth of an inch deep.

  • Water – For best germination, water daily to keep the seedbed moist. Continue watering regularly for a few weeks until the grass plants reach a height of 2 – 2.5 inches.
  • Mow – Begin mowing when the new grass has reached a height of 3 – 4 inches. Make sure the mower has sharp blades. Be careful not to scalp the lawn, low mowing will stress the root system and encourage the growth of weeds.

Steps for Growing Black Beauty Eggplant

Black Beauty eggplant is a hit with gardeners who want an eggplant variety that produces deep, purple, plump fruit earlier than most other varieties. It's a prolific producer with tender, flavorful fruit that grows for the whole season.

What Are the Best Weather Conditions for Black Beauty Eggplant?

Black Beauty eggplant needs full sun to develop properly. Eggplants don’t tolerate cool weather, so the temperature during the growing season should be from 70°F (21°C) to 85°F (29°C).

What Types of Soil Conditions Does Black Beauty Eggplant Need?

Soil nutrition is also important for successful Black Beauty eggplant growing. This plant needs well-drained soil, rich in nutrients, and a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. You can find soil test kits at garden centers, and test the soil yourself. If your pH readings are not adequate, add organic fertilizer to the soil. The soil must also reach 60 °F (15°C) before planting your eggplant seedlings.

Can Black Beauty Eggplant Grow from Seeds?

You can grow Black Beauty eggplant from seed, starting them indoors about 12 weeks before planting time. Your indoor potting soil should be warm, ranging from 80°(27°C) to 90°F(32°C) for your seeds to sprout. When planting the seeds in flats or pots, sow groups of four seeds, covering them with one-quarter inches of soil. After you see sprouts, you can lower the soil temperature to 70°F (21°C). When your seedlings have three leaves, thin them out to 2 to 3 inches apart.

How to Harden Off Black Beauty Seedlings

It’s time to transplant your Black Beauty seedlings when they develop three sets of leaves. Harden off the seedlings before planting them outside because the change in temperature, sun and wind can shock the young plants. Just put them outside during the day, and bring them back inside at night for a few days.

How to Transplant Black Beauty Seedlings

Once you choose a sunny location for your garden, and the soil is at least 60°F (15°C), follow these steps to plant your seedlings.

  • Prepare the soil by turning it over to 8-inches deep.
  • Level the soil with a stone rake, removing any rocks and weeds.
  • Set your eggplant seedlings 2 to 3 feet apart in a row, covering the root ball with soil.
  • Space your rows 3 to 4 feet apart because Black Beauty eggplants need a lot of space for healthy growth.
  • Water the seedlings thoroughly after planting.
  • Continue watering them once per week for the entire growing season.

How to Tell if Black Beauty Eggplant Is Ripe

When your Black Beauty eggplants are deep purple, firm and shiny, they’re ready to harvest. They’re usually about 4 to 5 inches long at this time. It takes from 60 to 70 days for them to become ripe. If your eggplants have dull skin, then they’re overripe, and will have a bitter taste.

Lilium, Orienpet Lily, Oriental Trumpet Lily 'Black Beauty'


Flower Habit:




USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

By dividing the bulb's scales

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Ellicott City, Maryland(2 reports)

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On Jul 10, 2013, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a site for the Maine extension service. Their article lists Black Beauty as one of three that are relatively resistant to the Red Lily Beetle. I've wanted one anyway

On Aug 1, 2010, delil72 from Monmouth Beach, NJ wrote:

This plant is pretty but very dissapointing in the fragrance department (I'm all about fragrance with my lilies. ) . It is quite short in its first couple of years but takes on a much more stately, elegant shape as it matures. No scent whatsoever (though many sources state it is fragrant) . I prefer my highly scented and similar colored stargazers .

On Nov 10, 2009, MAF from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

'Black Beauty' is a classic lily than everyone should grow. There are a couple of comments I'd like to make though regarding its description and cultivation. It should not be listed as fragrant. If you have an incredibly sensitive nose, you may detect the barest hint of fragrance after nightfall but most people detect nothing. Nor is the color what people tend to think of as fuchsia. Its a deep wine-red with a thin border of white outling the petals and a prominent green nectary. It can easily grow to over 7' tall when provided with optimal cultivation. The bulbs of this lily also divide into multiple "noses" quite quickly and are best lifted, pulled apart and spread out every 3 to 4 years. This is defintely a maintenance issue so be forwarned. However, if you don't care to lift t. read more hem as often as that, a congested clump of bulbs will produce many, shorter stems with fewer flowers per stem but will make an almost shrub-like impression in the lanscape and will still be very showy. If you want the 7' tall stems with 30-40 buds per stem though, you'll need to divide them often. Also, be aware that the new shoots coming up in the spring (way too early!) are tolerant of only the lightest frost and need protection from hard frost/freezes. One of the best characteristics of this lily is that it needs no staking. Most of the bulbs in commerce are tetraploid and have "beefier" stems as a result. As with all lilies though, they will lean away from anything that casts shadows so try to plant them in an open, exposed area with as much sun as possible.

On Oct 24, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is just a note about saving seed from Black Beauty. Fortunately for me, one of the folks (esw) with whom I shared the sterile (unbeknownst to me) seed of this lily was knowledgeable about lilies. She looked up Black Beauty in her McCrae lily book which said that Black Beauty, although sterile in diploid form, has been used to create some gorgeous hybrids when "induced to tetraploidy".

I seem to recall reading that doubling the chromosomes of diploid seed by treating with an extract of colchicine changes them to tetraploid seeds.

To find out more about this process, the DG Lily Forum and the North American Lily Society would be good sources.

Maxine shared with me that one good way to ascertain whether a lily seed is viable or sterile is . read more to hold it up against a bright light. If there's a speck inside, chances are good it's viable. Otherwise, it's just a husk.

Edited to add that I have just been informed that most Black Beauty lilies sold these days are tetraploid, so happy pollinating, everyone. (Thank you mnorberry)

ps - I have horrible woodchuck problems - we trap and relocate them with a Havahart cage, but Woody has his own time schedule and usually takes a few bites of this and that before finally waltzing into Ol' Havahart. But he leaves Black Beauty alone - maybe because it comes up through smelly Ol' Nepeta siberica 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron' (spelling?)? Lemon southern (Artemisia abrotanum is another smelly herb with which to mask bulbs susceptible to critters. and lavender. etc.

On Oct 26, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A very pretty lily. It's doing well in z4. Planted in full sun.

On Aug 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is another of my 2006 garden additions having arrived here on May 6, 2006 and planted the same day. I ordered two bulbs (one for back-up) and planted them about 12" apart. Both grew well beyond my expectations to approximately 40" and both bloomed beautifully with at least 6-8 buds per stem! That is remarkable in itself. The stems were strong enough, I did not need to stake them even though they were a little top-heavy. This was one of those 'investments' in gardening that paid big dividends: Simply gorgeous!

On Jun 25, 2006, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very hardy bulb in my garden, producing tall, strong stems with lots of beautiful, downward facing flowers. One bulb gets morning sun and the flowers have larger green throats than the bulb that gets all day sun. The all day sun bulb flowers are slightly larger though.

On Jan 4, 2006, samting from Pekin, ND wrote:

I garden in Z 3B--Black Beauty blooms beautifully and multiplies quickly in this tough climate. I plant deeply (8 inches) and amend the soil with peat moss and coarse sand to insure good drainage.

On Oct 17, 2005, tyshee from Kenai, AK wrote:

Did very well for a year old plant. Created two bloom stalks with the smaller stock producing the best flowers. Grown with mulch, under the eaves of south side of home, staked, mulched and amended soil with frequent watering to prevent drying. In very rapid well draining soil.

On Aug 9, 2005, TomH3787 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A hybrid of Lilium speciosum rubrum X L. henryi (Orienpet type, ca. 1957 from Leslie Woodriff). Great flowers in July, comes back bigger and better every year.

On Jul 23, 2005, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A vigorous and beautiful heirloom Lily to have in one's garden!

On Mar 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Black Beauty' can reach 7 feet when happy--mine only run to 5 feet. This lily is very vigorous, fragrant, and should be considered by any fan of Oriental Lilies. Deep burgundy-red flowers.

Black Beauty Eggplant Info: How To Grow A Black Beauty Eggplant

As a beginning gardener, one of the most exciting aspects of planning a vegetable garden is the hope of growing one’s favorite foods. Homegrown crops, such as eggplants, offer growers harvests of high quality, delectable produce. However, for some, the process of learning to grow these crops may feel somewhat intimidating. Luckily, with some basic growing knowledge, even novice growers are able to reap the benefits of their hard work in the garden. Read on for tips on growing Black Beauty eggplants.


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