Eight new varieties are approved as AAS Winners for 2024
North America’s most well-known and respected non-profit plant trialing organization has eight new AAS Winners available for 2024. Brokers, growers and retailers will want to add these proven garden performers to their assortments. Breeder sales contacts are included below each winner’s description.
All AAS Winners are trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grow new, never-before-sold entries next to comparisons that are considered best-in-class. Only those entries that have superior garden performance, better than the comparisons, are granted the AAS award designation.
Each of the newer AAS Winners will soon be featured in videos on the AAS YouTube channel.
NEWEST AAS WINNERS FOR 2024
Broccoli Purple Magic F1 AAS Edible Winner | National Winner
This purple broccoli is magical! How else do you explain a broccoli that has it all? From its beautiful purple color, tight uniform heads and bright beads to its great broccoli flavor, this easy to grow broccoli is also stress and heat tolerant. A showstopper.
“Wicked good! Nicest purple broccoli we’ve ever seen” exclaimed one very experienced edible judge. Excellent broccoli to try growing in cooler seasons. Can be eaten raw, stir-fried, roasted, lightly blanched, or steamed for the best texture, either way, you will find it sweeter and more tender than traditional green broccoli. Bred by Sakata Seed America.
Broccoli Skytree F1 Edible Winner | Regional Winner – West/Northwest
Skytree broccoli is a towering AAS Winner that features upright stems, making it easy to harvest, and tender stems and florets. Bred by Bayer Vegetable Seeds.
Celosia Burning Embers AAS Seed Annual | Winner National Winner
Burning Embers is a new celosia bred for its gorgeous bronze foliage with dark pink veins that contrast nicely with the vibrant pink flower plumes. Plants are well branched and produce more flowers over a longer bloom time. This entry had the largest and longest lasting flowers of all the celosia varieties they trialed. It does very well in both heat and humidity while remaining completely covered with blooms that withstood the test of time. Bred by Clover Seed Company. Distributed by Sakata Seed.
Geranium Interspecific Big EEZE Pink Batik AAS Non-Seed Annual Winner National Winner
The Big EEZE geranium series is known for its superior container performance, medium vigor, and heat tolerance. The newest addition to the series, Pink Batik, is an AAS National Winner that is sure to impress gardeners with its unique coloration and minimal maintenance requirements. Batiking is known for being a labor-intensive way to produce beautiful colorations on fabric but this new geranium is a super “EEZE” way to get stunning petal colors on a very floriferous plant with very little effort needed. Bred by Dummen Orange.
Impatiens Interspecific Solarscape XL Pink Jewel AAS Seed Annual Winner | National Winner
Solarscape seed-propagated impatiens provide unbeatable color in full or partial-sun garden areas. Durable Solarscape outperformed the comparison varieties and because it is grown from seed, gives you more options for starting impatiens at home. Vibrant pink satiny blooms cover the mounded plants non-stop all season, adding a bright and pleasing tropical appeal to the garden. Solarscape XL Pink Jewel has superior disease resistance, especially to the dreaded impatiens downy mildew. Looks great when massed in beds and borders and since it was trialed in both containers and in-ground, we know it does well in both. Seed is available immediately in North America. Seed will be available for sale outside of North America on April 1, 2024. Bred by PanAmerican Seed.
Pepper Red Impact F1 AAS Edible Winner | National Winner
Lamuyo-type peppers are notoriously difficult to grow, but the new Red Impact variety is here to change that. This AAS Winning pepper is easy to grow and produces thick, sweet walls, even when green. It is also much sweeter than other varieties and loaded with fruits for a high yielding gem. Red Impact plants are upright and tidy, with a strong disease package that protects your investment. The fruit is dark red, highly uniform in shape and size, and if you are looking for a delicious and easy-to-grow pepper, Red Impact is the perfect choice for you. Bred by Bayer Vegetable Seeds.
Petchoa EnViva Pink AAS Non-Seed Ornamental Winner | National Winner
This EnViva Pink offers a well-controlled mounding plant habit over the entire season. The bright pink flower with a yellow throat is very eye catching. The flowers have a nice iridescent shimmer that toughed it out even when conditions got tough, like an irrigation system failure. All season long, EnViva stayed in glorious color even during the heat of the summer. Large flowers bloom from Spring through Fall in garden beds, containers and hanging baskets. Plants are heat tolerant and flowers bounce back after rain. Bred by Selecta One North America.
Petunia SureShot White AAS Non-Seed Ornamental Winner | Regional Winner – Great Lakes and West/Northwest
The versatile SureShot petunias are garden gladiators that can withstand any bizarre weather conditions. Whether planted in garden beds, containers or hanging baskets, these beauties will thrive, come rain or shine, heat or cold. Vibrant white blooms cover the plants, attracting bees and other pollinators to its lightly fragrant blossoms. Bred by Ball FloraPlant.
FIRST AAS WINNER FOR 2024
The first AAS Winner for 2024, announced in July, was the Marigold Siam Gold, which was a national winner.
AAS WINNERS & MARKETING
All AAS Winners are marketed through social media, public relations and trade shows and are proudly grown in AAS Display and Introduction Gardens across North America. In addition, the AAS office creates and maintains a wide variety of marketing pieces and resources such as:
- Wholesale Sources.
- PowerPoint Presentations on SlideShare or on the AAS website.
- AAS Bench cards and Variety Markers
All-America Selections was founded in 1932 and continues as the oldest independent testing organization in North America. Every year, new, never before-sold in North America varieties are trialed in our Trial Grounds and professional horticulturists determine which varieties will be deemed winners based on their garden performance. AAS relies upon a public relations program to inform gardeners about AAS Winners that are announced three times each year.