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All-America Selections Announces First AAS Winners for 2013


The All-America Selections (AAS) Board of Directors met recently to approve two holdovers from previous trials as the first two winners for the 2013 gardening season. A July introduction is much more timely for various wholesalers in that they can better plan to include these two new AAS Winners in their offerings later this summer, into fall and winter.

Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ F1
AAS Flower Award Winner


‘South Pacific’ adds a beautiful touch of the tropics to the garden with showy, 4” flowers that bloom all summer long in a delicious shade of scarlet.
AAS Judges raved about this first F1 hybrid canna from seed because it is such a robust and floriferous bloomer. ‘South Pacific’ grows up to 24″ tall in a two gallon container, 4-5′ tall in the garden, providing a great grouping of specimen plants or a back-of-the-border focal point. The colorful blooms are produced on a flower spike held above the large leafed statuesque plants.
Commercial growers will benefit from the F1 vigor and  the six or seven flower laden branches it produces. Compared to other seed cannas, ‘South Pacific’ was earlier to flower by one week, bloomed longer, had better basal branching and even withstood a light frost…all top qualities lending itself to grower programs for both the mass market and independents. As with other cannas, ‘South Pacific’ tolerates wet conditions so it can be used as a pond border or in other similar growing conditions.
Bred by Takii & Co. Ltd.

AAS® Winner Data
Genus species: Canna generalis
Common name: Canna
Unique qualities: First F1 seed canna, more vigorous and sturdy than other seed propagated cannas, non-stop flowering all season long.
Flower color: Scarlet
Foliage color: Green
Flower form: Standard
Flower size: 4-4.5 inches
Plant height: Up to 24 inches (in a 2 gallon container), 4-5 feet full maturity
Plant width: 8-10 inches (in a 2 gallon container), 12-18 inches full maturity
Plant type: Tender perennial in zones 7-10
Garden location: Full sun
Garden spacing: 18-24 inches
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 11-12 weeks
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Tropical’ series

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
AAS Flower Award Winner

This stunning first-year flowering echinacea captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white. This wide range of flower colors on well branched, durable plants are sure to please the color preferences of any gardener. As an added bonus, ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ does not require a lot of water and offers a wide-range of uses from the perennial border, in a mass landscape planting, in a butterfly garden or as a cut flower.
‘Cheyenne Spirit’ can be used by the professional grower as either a first year flowering perennial in their annual program, or by the traditional perennial grower who sows in the fall for over-winter production.   In both applications, they can offer flowering plants from spring thru September. ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ is best offered in larger containers for transplanting to a sunny spot in the garden or landscape. This AAS Winner is also a Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner. U.S. utility patent number 7,982,110.
Bred by Kieft Seed

AAS® Winner Data
Genus species: Echinacea hybrida
Common name: Coneflower
Unique qualities: Vivid color range in a first year flowering perennial from seed
Flower color: Shades of purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, cream & white
Foliage color: Green
Flower form: Single daisy
Flower size: 3-3.5 inches
Plant height: 26-32 inches
Plant width: 25-30 inches
Plant type: First year flowering perennial
Garden location: Full sun
Garden spacing: 24 inches
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 23-24 weeks from a January sowing
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Paradiso Mix,’ ‘Magnus,’ and ‘Bravado’

As with all AAS Winners, these new, never-before-sold entries were trialed by the esteemed AAS Trial Judges who are trained and experienced horticulture professionals. A complete list of judges and trial sites can be found on the AAS Website.

These newest AAS Winners are available for immediate sale. Commercial growers should inquire with their favorite seed supplier. AAS Winner tags are available from supporting tag suppliers. Consumers will find these seeds as supply becomes available in the coming months 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.

Complete data sheets on these and all AAS Winners are available on the newly designed AAS website.

 

 

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Bye, Bye Mr. Ichiban: The Discontinuation of Ichiban Hybrid Eggplant


“Dear Sir,

I’m an avid reader of your blog and I would like to know the answer to why I can’t buy ichiban eggplant this year. It’s the best.  Was it a crop failure?

Joe”

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Hi Joe,

I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but it is most likely that we will have to have a funeral for your dear friend, Ichiban Hybrid Eggplant.  He is no more.

If you have heard any rumblings through the gardening community in the last five years, then it was without a doubt about how Monsanto had tapped into the home gardening market by acquisitioning Seminis Seeds (to read more on this, click here).  This buyout has resulted in a number of changes, including the correction of varietial names that were illegally sold by Seminis to increase their offerings and desireability (see here) and the discontinuation of many varieties that were only offered to home gardeners.

Ichiban Hybrid is a casualty of this process, as it was not versatile enough to be offered for commercial growers.  The fruits are more prone to scarring and the plants are not as disease resistant as other types.

For now, many companies have replaced Ichiban Hybrid with Millionaire Hybrid (offered by American Takii Seeds and distributed through many seed catalogs like Jung and Burpee).  I have tried it in my trial gardens in 2010, but found that it lacked the flavor of the Ichiban and didn’t seem to produce as well in a side-by-side comparison.

The only hope of Ichiban Hybrid coming back from the ‘dead’ is if Monsanto/Seminis sell the breeding rights to another seed producer, or if  they bring it back themselves.  The likelihood of this occurring is about as good as pigs flying.

 

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Introducing Ornamental Kale ‘Glamour Red’ F1, AAS Cool Season Bedding Plant Award Winner


(Posted with permission of All American Selections)

Today’s new AAS variety is Glamour Red F1 Hybrid Ornamental Kale.  This is All-America Selections’ first winning kale (edible or ornamental) in seventy-eight years of trialing! ‘Glamour Red’ is an excellent achievement in breeding for its unique shiny leaves. The waxless quality of the leaves makes them shiny with a more intense, vivid color as compared to existing ornamental brassicas. Judges noted that the shiny foliage is striking in the landscape and it out-performed comparisons with outstanding success. It is a fringed leaf typeBrassica oleracea with flower head size of 10 to 12 inches. This full sun annual will bloom 90 days from sowing seed to first color. Leaf coloring begins when night temperatures fall below 55°F for approximately two weeks. Expect good disease tolerance in all regions and frost tolerant blooms from November to March in warmer climates. Bred by Takii & Co., Ltd.

AAS® Winner Data
Genus species: Brassica oleracea
Common name: Ornamental kale
Unique qualities: Non-waxy shiny leaves, brighter color tone
Flower size: Head size is 10 to 12 inches
Flower form: Fringed leaf type
Flower color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Plant height: 12 inches
Plant width: 14 inches
Garden location: Full sun
Garden spacing: 12 inches apart
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 90 days (for leaf coloring)
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Kamome Red’ and ‘Nagoya Red’

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Introducing Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’, AAS Bedding Plant Award Winner


(Posted with permission of All American Selections)

Today’s new variety is Summer Jewel Red Salvia.

This Salvia coccinea was consistently rated “superior” or “above average” by the AAS judges because of its early and generous flower blossoms, continuing from spring to autumn. Additionally, each dwarf and densely branching plant remains a tidy 20 inches tall, even at full maturity. The bright red flower spikes are covered with half inch blooms making it perfect for the bird lover’s garden where the bright red color acts as a magnet for hummingbirds. As an added bonus, goldfinches swarm the plant for seeds. Even the leaves add beauty with their finer-textured, dark-green color. ‘Summer Jewel Red’, just 50 days from sowing to first flower, is approximately two weeks earlier than comparisons. Expect long season performance and superior holding ability in both wind and rain. This annual is ideal for full sun containers, mixed beds and borders where uniformity is desired. Bred by Takii & Co, Ltd.

AAS® Winner Data
Genus species: Salvia coccinea
Common name: Hummingbird sage, Scarlet sage, Texas sage
Unique qualities: More compact and earlier to flower
Flower color: Bright red
Foliage color: Dark green
Flower form: Spike
Flower size: ½ inch
Plant height: 20 inches at most
Plant width: 16 inches
Plant type: Dwarf, branching
Garden location: Full sun
Garden spacing: 10 to 12 inches apart
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 50 days
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Lady in Red’

To purchase this flower, please click here.

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© Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk!, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk! with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.