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AAS Introduces New Winners for the 2017 Garden Season


Reposted with permission of All-American Selections

16 New AAS Winners for Your 2017 Garden!
Celosia Asian Garden
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed 
Dianthus Interspecific Supra Pink F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Fennel Antares F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Geranium Calliope® Medium Dark Red
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Vegetative
Okra Candle Fire F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Pea Patio Pride
2017 Regional Winner – Southeast, Edible 
Penstemon barbatus Twizzle Purple F1
2017 Regional Winner – Heartland and Southeast, Edible 
Pepper Mad Hatter F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Squash Winter Honeybaby F1
2017 Regional Winner – Heartland, Edible
Tomato Chef’s Choice Yellow F1
2017 Regional Winner – Southeast, Edible
Tomato Patio Choice Yellow F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Verbena EnduraScape™ Pink Bicolor
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Vegetative
Vinca Mega Bloom Orchid Halo F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Vinca Mega Bloom Pink Halo F1
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
Watermelon Mini Love F1
2017 National Winner, Edible
Zinnia Profusion Red
2017 National Winner, Ornamental Seed
All-America Selections is the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout North America. Each variety was trialed in North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges during one growing season. Each entry was trialed next to comparison varieties that are considered best-in-class among those currently on the market. Only the best performers are declared AAS Winners.
You can purchase AAS Winners for the 2017 gardening season through these mail-order companies as well as garden centers throughout North America.

More information on these winners and all AAS Winners can be found on our AAS website.  

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2015 AAS Summer/Fall Summit registration is now open


Reprinted with permission of All-American Selections:

 

Registration is Now Open!
AAS Summer/Fall Summit
“Urban Ag Opportunities”
October 5-8, 2015
Dallas, TX 

All-America Selections is heading south! South to Texas, that is. In an ongoing mission to visit states and AAS Trial Grounds that we’ve never visited, the AAS Summer/Fall Summit will be held in Dallas, Texas this year.

BONUS! The 2015 AAS Summer/Fall Summit is being held in partnership with the Home Garden Seed Association. One trip, three days, new faces and multiple stops to see many different facets of Urban Agriculture as represented in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.

Registration for the AAS Summer/Fall Summit is now open; click here to register.

Some of the exciting details about our trip to the big state of Texas:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015
Arrive in Dallas, Texas, via Dallas Love Field or DFW International airport. Our hotel offers a free shuttle from Love Field.
Welcome reception at 6:00 PM: Settle in to your comfortable suite, then join HGSA, AAS and NGB for the evening’s welcome reception.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015
After breakfast at Embassy Suites Hotel, our first stop is the Dallas branch of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center. We will visit their Water-Wise demonstration home as well as their “Food 3.0” sustainable ag project.
After an authentic Texas-style lunch served at the beautiful North Haven Garden Center, we’ll make our way to the world-famous 66-acre Dallas Arboretum for a tour of the 2015 AAS Trials as well their award-winning gardens. That evening, we’ll dine together as we celebrate at the annual AAS Awards Banquet.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
After breakfast and meeting updates from all three organizations, we’ll travel to Fort Worth to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to see the AAS Display and Japanese Garden.  Lunch today is at the trendy Clear Fork Food Park then we’ll head to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas for a tour and the HGSA roundtable discussion on market trends, industry concerns and opportunities. Later we’ll indulge our senses with tequila tasting, chocolate tasting and an evening of flavor explosions in the hip multi-use urban area of Forth Worth known as West 7th Street.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Today we focus on the Downtown Dallas area as we tour Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market, including HGSA member’s container trials, located next to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. After lunch, we’ll have an NGB panel presentation from several of Dallas’ urban ag visionaries. That afternoon, continue on to Ruibal’s production facility to review the extensive plantings of 2015 HGSA summer trials. Time permitting, we’ll make a quick stop at the Klyde Warren Park and Parkland Hospital’s Therapy Garden before finishing our 2015 event with an HGSA evening of camaraderie and dining in Dallas’ up and coming Greenville Street neighborhood. 

Full Registration is available for $395
Single day options are $200 per day.
Host hotel is the Embassy Suites Market Center; rooms are only $129/night.

AAS Judges – this is a great opportunity to meet other judges and share your experiences.
AAS Display Gardens – this is a chance to learn more about the AAS trialing process and the story behind the AAS Winners you feature in your gardens.
Garden Writers – this is an opportunity to meet the industry folks behind the AAS Winners and learn the in-depth process each and ever entry goes through in order to become an AAS Winner.

Come join us!

All-America Selections’ Winners for 2015


Reblogged with permission of the National Garden Bureau:

All-America Selections
Announces the
 First Vegetatively Propagated
AAS Winners

After more than eighty years of trialing only seed-propagated varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) began trialing vegetatively propagated varieties early this year. With the 2014 trial season now completed, AAS is pleased and honored to grant the AAS Winner status to two impatiens that performed exceptionally well in the AAS container trials for vegetatively propagated annuals.

The two Vegetative Winners are:

In addition, there are an impressive ten seed varieties that have earned the AAS Winner designation:
Regional Winners are:

National Winners are:

“The AAS Judges, Board of Directors and staff are extremely excited to enter this new phase where we are now representing a wider cross section of the horticulture industry. This ushers in a whole new facet of our national trialing program.” states AAS President Ron Cramer.

With this announcement, these varieties become available for immediate sale. You will find these Winners for sale in the coming months as supply becomes available from suppliers. AAS Winners will also be available as young plants in lawn & garden retail stores next spring, in time for the 2015 gardening season.

A complete list of trial grounds and judges can be found here.

A complete list of all AAS Winners since 1932 can be found here. Note that the AAS Winners are now sortable by Flowers from Seed, Flowers from Cuttings and Vegetables.

Page down for more details on each new AAS Winner:

Impatiens SunPatiens® Spreading Shell Pink
AAS Vegetative Ornamental Winner

The unique genetics of SunPatiens® Spreading Shell Pink delivers unsurpassed garden performance with season-long, soft pink flowers that never slow down. Strong roots take hold quickly after transplanting and these impatiens thrive under high heat, rain and humidity. The AAS Judges loved these vigorous spreading plants that keep their shape all summer, plus, they do just as well in full sun as in shade. These low-maintenance plants are perfect for gardeners looking for impatiens that are resistant to downy mildew. Available in plant form only.

Impatiens Bounce™ Pink Flame PPAF ‘Balboufink’
AAS Vegetative Ornamental Winner 

Bounce impatiens provides gardeners with shade garden confidence. Bounce looks like an Impatiens walleriana in habit, flower form and count, but is completely downy mildew resistant, which means this impatiens will last from spring all the way through fall. Bounce Pink Flame boasts of a massive amount of stunning, bright pink bicolor blooms with tons of color to brighten your garden, be it in shade or sun. And caring for impatiens has never been easier: just add water and they’ll “bounce” right back! Available in plant form only.
Pepper Hot Sunset F1
AAS Regional Winner 
(Southeast, Heartland and Great Lakes)

For banana, or wax pepper lovers who desire a prolific and earlier harvest of delicious and spicy (650 Scoville units) fruits, Hot Sunset is for you. Large, healthy, vigorous plants are disease-free and produce tasty and attractive fruits all season-long. The AAS Trial judges noted what a great taste this thick-walled pepper has, not like other hot peppers where all you get is heat. We think this tasty morsel should be featured on a TV cooking show where chefs compete to bring out the best in this goodie! Whether it’s prepared fresh, grilled, roasted or pickled, it’s sure to win over even the most particular foodie!

Tomato Chef’s Choice PInk F1
AAS Regional Winner (Southeast, Great Lakes)

First we introduced Chef’s Choice Orange as an All-America Selections Winner and now we have her sister, Chef’s Choice Pink–another tasty beauty in beefsteak tomatoes. Indeterminate potato leaf plants yield large (often more than one pound) fruits with a sweet, meaty flesh. This hybrid is easier to grow than most beefsteaks so don’t be timid, give it a try. The reward will be healthy disease-resistant plants and a large harvest of tasty, attractive pink fleshed tomatoes reminiscent of heirloom varieties.

Basil Dolce Fresca
AAS National Winner

If there was an AAS category for an edible plant with ornamental value, this AAS Winner would fit that classification. Dolce Fresca produces sweet tender leaves that outshone the comparison varieties while maintaining an attractive, compact shape that’s both versatile and beautiful. Use the leaves as you would any Genovese basil and we hear it makes an excellent pesto. After harvest, the plant was quick to recover and kept the desired ornamental shape that’s perfect for containers, borders or as a focal point. Great for gardeners looking for drought tolerant, hearty plants, foodies interested in a new and better basil and anyone who wants that Mediterranean taste added to their cuisine.

Pepper Emerald Fire F1
AAS National Winner

A grill master’s delight! At 2,500 Scoville units, this is the hottest pepper in this year’s pepper winners but it boasts extra large and very tasty jalapeno fruits that are perfect for stuffing, grilling or using in salsa. Emerald Fire produces gorgeous, glossy green peppers with thick walls that have very little cracking, even after maturing to red. Gardeners will appreciate the prolific fruit set on compact plants that resist disease better than other similar varieties on the market.

Pepper Flaming Flare F1
AAS National Winner

Most Fresno peppers are considered rather finicky plants that typically grow better in warm and dry climates. The fact that Flaming Flare is an AAS National Winner means it performed well in all AAS trial sites. The fruit is ideal for making chili sauces and the heat of that sauce will increase depending on how late in the season the peppers are harvested. Flaming Flare is an exceptional pepper that was sweeter tasting than similar Fresno types and consistently produced larger fruits and more peppers per plant. Yet another AAS Winner that culinary gardeners should consider for their kitchen gardens.

Pepper Pretty N Sweet F1
AAS National Winner

Look…in the garden! Is it an ornamental pepper? Is it edible? Yes to both! Now we can tell consumers that an ornamental pepper CAN be eaten and it tastes fantastic! It’s time for new terminology to describe this multi-purpose plant…how about an “Ornamedible?” Pretty N Sweet is just that: a sweet, multi-colored pepper on a compact 18” plant that is attractive to use in ornamental gardens and containers. Against the comparisons, Pretty N Sweet was earlier, more prolific and has a much sweeter taste with more substantial pepper walls to enjoy fresh or in your favorite pepper dish.

Squash Bossa Nova F1
AAS National Winner

The beautiful dark and light green mottled exterior of this zucchini is more pronounced than other varieties on the market, which sets it apart and makes the fruits easier to see during a long and prolific harvest. Compact plants produce fruits earlier in the season and continue producing for three weeks longer than comparison varieties. During taste tests, the AAS Judges deemed the smooth flesh texture and sweet, mild taste much improved over other summer squash. Culinary gardeners will delight in adding this variety to their 2015 vegetable plans.

Squash Butterscotch F1
AAS National Winner

This adorable small-fruited butternut squash has an exceptionally sweet taste and at just 1.25 pounds, is the perfect size for just one or two servings. Compact vines are space-saving for smaller gardens or those who just want to fit more plants into the space they have. This is another AAS Winners that is perfect for container gardens and will resist powdery mildew later in the season. Culinary tip from a squash enthusiast: pierce the skin then microwave whole squash for about 12 minutes, cut in half, spoon out the seeds, and enjoy!

Petunia Trilogy Red F1
AAS National Winner

The Trilogy petunia has a new color with this stunningly rich, vibrant red version! Trilogy petunias are known for their compact dome-shaped habit sporting large non-fading blooms throughout the season. The plants cover and recover themselves in upright blooms providing a constant mass of color in flower beds, baskets, and containers. Gardeners in high heat areas will appreciate the heat-tolerance of this variety and all gardeners will like how quickly Trilogy recovers after a rain.

Salvia Summer Jewel White
AAS National Winner

A third color in the popular Summer Jewel series, white brings a much-needed color to compact salvias. This dwarf sized, compact plant has a prolific bloom count throughout the summer. As a bonus, the blooms appear almost two weeks earlier than other white salvias used as comparisons. Judges noted how the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds loved the larger flowers, making it perfect for a pollinator garden. Because of the compactness and number of flowers, Summer Jewel White is great for large landscaped areas, as well as containers and small beds.

Other recently announced AAS Winners:


National Winners:                                                                    Regional Winners:

Angelonia Serenita Pink F1                                            Brussels Sprouts Hestia F1
Bean Mascotte                                                               Cucumber Parisian Gherkin F1
Gaura Sparkle White                                                     Cucumber Pick-A-Bushel F1
Impatiens New Guinea Florific Sweet Orange F1           Cucumber Saladmore Bush F1
Lettuce Sandy                                                               Eggplant Patio Baby F1
Tomato Fantastico F1                                                   Pak Choi  Bopak F1
Tomato Chef’s Choice Orange F1                       .
Ornamental Pepper NuMex Easter F1                          Penstemon Arabesque Red F1
Osteospermum Akila Daisy White F1                           Pepper  Giant Ristra F1
Osteospermum Akila Daisy White F1                           Pepper Sweet Sunset F1
Pepper Mama Mia Gaillo F1                                         Pumpkin Cinderella’s Carriage F1
Pepper Mama Mia Gaillo F1                                         Radish Rivoli
Petunia African Sunset F1                                           Sunflower Suntastic Yellow with Black Center F1
Radish Roxanne                                                          Tomato Mountain Merit F1

It’s Road Trip Time!


(Posted with permission of All American Selections)

                                       
Registration is Now Open!
AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip
June 16-19, 2014
Charlotte & Asheville, NC 

This year, All-America Selections is visiting a state that we’ve never toured for an AAS summer meeting. Register now for an amazing and educational tour of vibrant North Carolina farms and markets. We’ll begin our tours in the Charlotte area then make our way to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, seeing many horticulture sights along the way during our 2014 “Summer Road Trip”.

BONUS! The 2014 AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip is being held during the same week as the 2014 Southern Garden Tour. One trip, multiple stops to see many varied flower and plant trials in the southeast. Join us for a few days then visit the other Southern Garden Tour stops before and/or after for a complete southern experience.

Registration for the AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip is now open; click here.

A few highlights of our immersion into the North Carolina culture:

Monday, June 16
Fly into the Charlotte-Douglas International airport and use the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to get to our host hotel, just minutes from the airport, for that evening’s Opening Night Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM. (AAS Judges will meet for a Judges-Only meeting at 3:30 PM.) The first night’s hotel is the Hyatt House Charlotte Airport. Click here to book your Monday night room.

Tuesday, June 17
Get an early start so you can check out of our first host hotel and pack your luggage for the trip to Asheville. Then join the group and stock up on your first southern breakfast, after which you will enjoy a short “Welcome to North Carolina” presentation. Once we load our buses, we’ll head to the North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis for an eye-opening view of how our industry’s products are being reconsidered in a number of new health and nutrition research projects. Next we’ll make the short drive to Huntersville, NC for lunch and a tour of the impressive Metrolina Greenhouses and their AAS Trials. Later that afternoon, we’ll take the scenic drive to Asheville, NC and upon arrival and check-in at our second hotel, then enjoy the “Dinner With Peers” in downtown Asheville, the self-proclaimed Foodtopia and Brewtopia of the United States! Click here to book your Tuesday and Wednesday room nights at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville.

Wednesday, June 18
Today has us again covering a lot of territory when we begin with a visit to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market where we’ll enjoy breakfast of famous made from scratch biscuits at local farm-to-table restaurant, The Moose Cafe. Then we’ll explore the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains while visiting Mountain Crops Research Station (for some AAS Edible Trials) and Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a small business incubator. After lunching on locally grown fare, we’ll make our way to Van Wingerden International, another large growing facility that is also home to several AAS Trials. That evening will be our annual awards and recognition dinner at the North Carolina Arboretum then back to our base hotel in Asheville for a second night.

Thursday, June 19
On Thursday, you have several options:
1. Stay in Asheville on your own for further exploration (like the Biltmore Estate!).
2. Travel on your own to other local trial sites that are part of the Southern Garden Tour.
3. Enjoy the early AAS bus ride back to Charlotte, arriving by 9:30 a.m. in order to catch flights later that day.
4. Stay on with the group to visit several other farms and NC sites as we leisurely make our way back to Charlotte for evening flights.

Full Registration is available for $410 or $450 depending on your Thursday choice.
Monday/Tuesday only registration is $175.
Wednesday only registration is $250.

AAS Judges – this is a great opportunity to meet other judges and share your experiences.
AAS Display Gardens – this is a chance to learn more about the AAS trialing process and the story behind the AAS Winners you feature in your gardens.

Mark your calendars now for a trip to Foodtopia!
June 16-19, 2014

All-America Selections Summer Road Trip


(Shared with permission of All-America Selections.)

Save the Date!
June 16-19, 2014
Charlotte & Asheville, NC 

All-America Selections is yet again changing things up and visiting a state that we’ve never toured for an AAS summer meeting. Mark your calendars now for an amazing and educational tour of vibrant North Carolina farms and markets. We’ll begin our tours in the Charlotte area then make our way to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, seeing many horticulture sights along the way during our 2014 “Summer Road Trip”.

BONUS! The 2014 AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip is being held during the same week as the 2014 Southern Garden Tour. One trip, multiple stops to see many varied flower and plant trials in the southeast.

Registration for the AAS Summer Summit and hotels will open on March 1, 2014.

A few highlights of our immersion into the North Carolina culture:

Monday, June 16
Fly into the Charlotte-Douglas International airport and use our hotel’s complimentary shuttle to get to our host hotel, just minutes from the airport, for that evening’s Opening Night Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 17
Get an early start so you can check out of our first host hotel and pack your luggage for the trip to Asheville. Then join the group and stock up on your first southern breakfast, after which you will enjoy a short “Welcome to North Carolina” presentation. Once we load our buses, we’ll head to the North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis for an eye-opening view of how our industry’s products are being reconsidered in a number of new health and nutrition research projects. Next we’ll make the short drive to Huntersville, NC for lunch and a tour of the impressive Metrolina Greenhouses and their AAS Trials. Later that afternoon, we’ll take the scenic drive to Asheville, NC and upon arrival and check-in at our second hotel, enjoy an evening in downtown Asheville, the self-proclaimed Foodtopia and Brewtopia of the United States!

Wednesday, June 18
Today has us again covering a lot of territory when we begin with a visit to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market where we’ll enjoy breakfast of famous made from scratch biscuits at local farm-to-table restaurant, The Moose Cafe. Then join us as we explore the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains and visit several small growing operations, research farms and small business facilities. After lunching on locally grown fare, we’ll make our way to Van Wingerden International, another large growing facility that is also home to several AAS Trials. That evening will be our annual awards and recognition dinner then back to our base hotel in Asheville for a second night.

Thursday, June 19
Our last day in North Carolina will include several options:
1. Stay in Asheville on your own for further exploration
2. Travel to other local trial sites that are part of the Southern Garden Tour
3. Enjoy the bus ride back to Charlotte in order to catch afternoon flights

Full Registration or single day registrations will be available once registration opens.

AAS Judges – this is a great opportunity to meet other judges and share your experiences.
AAS Display Gardens – this is a chance to learn more about the AAS trialing process and the story behind the AAS Winners you feature in your gardens.

Mark your calendars now for a trip to Foodtopia!
June 16-19, 2014

All-America Selections Welcomes New Display Gardens and Trial Judges


(Posted with permission of All American Selections)

During a recent All-America Selections (AAS) Board meeting, the following new Trial Judges were presented for consideration and approved:

1.    Angus Mellish of Vesey Seeds Ltd., Prince Edward Island, Canada, was previously a Vegetable Judge and has now been approved to also judge Flowers, Bedding Plants and Cool Season Bedding Plants.

2.    Bill Watson of Grimes Horticulture is now an AAS Vegetable Judge at the Grimes Horticulture office in Concord, OH, making him one of our first judges in Ohio in many years.

3.    Peggy Huff of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, is now the Flower Judge at the Johnny’s trial grounds in Albion, Maine.

4.    Laura Robles from Mast Young Plants has been approved as a Bedding Plant and Vegetable Judge at Mast’s trial grounds in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

5.    Jessie Liebenguth from Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens was approved as a Flower Judge, becoming the first AAS Flower Judge in Iowa.

6.    Diane Anderson from the University of Illinois Arboretum was approved as a Bedding Plant, Flower and Cool Season Bedding Plant Judge, reinstating the AAS floral judging at that institution.

We congratulate these six judges and thank them for their contributions to the organization. Without their time and expertise, the all-important AAS Trialing process would not exist.

In other business during that meeting, three new public gardens were presented as possible Display Gardens. The following three gardens were approved and we are pleased to announce that these three gardens are the first and only AAS Display Gardens in their respective states, bringing the grand total of states with an AAS Display Garden to 47:

1.    University of Wyoming Garden in Laramie, Wyoming

2.    Tizer Botanic Garden and Arboretum in Jefferson City, Montana

3.    University of Hawaii Urban Garden Center in Pearl City, Hawaii

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All-America Selections Announces the First AAS Winners for 2012


(Posted with permission of All American Selections)

All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the newest group of AAS Winners.  Following a trial period where these new, never-before-sold varieties are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally ®” the group of esteemed horticulturists, who volunteer their time as the AAS Judges, have submitted their recommendations and scores from this year’s trials. Only those entries with superior garden performance are granted the honor of an AAS Award.

With this announcement, these varieties become available for immediate sale. Commercial growers should inquire with their favorite seed supplier. AAS Winner tags are available from several tag suppliers. Consumers will find these seeds for sale in the coming months as supply becomes available with catalog companies, in seed packets, from mail order companies and various websites. AAS Winners will also be available as young plants in lawn & garden retail stores next spring.

The 2012 AAS Winners are:
BEDDING PLANT WINNER:
Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Pink’

Sister to earlier AAS Winner Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’, this dwarf sized, compact plant has a prolific bloom count throughout the growing season. As a bonus, the blooms appear almost two weeks earlier than the other pink salvias used as comparisons. And of course, the hummingbirds love pink, just as much as they do red! Commercial growers will appreciate the earliness, excellent pack performance and uniformity. Bred by Takii & Co, Ltd.

FLOWER WINNER:
Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Olive’

The AAS Judges said this entry was a standout, especially in the southern gardens where heat was a major presence during the 2011 trials. All season long this beauty kept its upright habit with nicely draping leaves and dark purple/black fruit which appeared in small clusters along the stems. As summer progresses, the fruits mature to red giving a beautiful contrast against the dark purple foliage and bright purple flowers. Retailers and growers can sell this multi-use ornamental as a 20” border plant, a great color splash for containers or as a cut flower in mixed bouquets. Bred by Seeds By Design.

VEGETABLE WINNERS:
Pepper ‘Cayennetta’ F1

‘Cayennetta’ is an excellent tasting mildly spicy pepper that is very easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. This 3 to 4-inch chili pepper yielded bigger fruits from a very well branched upright plant. It required no staking which would make it a perfect plant for a container or patio garden. Unique to this variety is that it has good cold tolerance as well as dense foliage cover to protect the fruits from sun scorch and it handled extreme heat very well. This pepper is an all-around good choice no matter where you’re gardening. Market growers will benefit from the heavy yield and prolific fruit set from each plant. Everyone will love the excellent pepper flavor that outshone all the comparison varieties. Bred by Floranova Ltd.

Watermelon ‘Faerie’ F1

‘Faerie’ is a non-traditional watermelon in that it has a creamy yellow rind with thin stripes yet still yields sweet pink-red flesh with a high sugar content and crisp texture. Home gardeners will like growing something unique in their garden, and the fact that the vines are vigorous yet spread only to 11’ means it takes up less space in the garden. Each 7-8” fruit weighs only four to six pounds making it a perfect family size melon. Professional growers will appreciate the disease and insect tolerance as well as the prolific fruit set that starts early and continues throughout the season. Bred by Known-You Seed Company.

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