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North America: New AAS Winners just approved

All-America Selections is pleased to announce the first group of AAS Winners for 2022.

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 had garden performance superior to the comparisons are granted the AAS award designation. Comparison varieties can be found on each AAS Winner webpage.

The newest AAS Winners are:

            Eggplant Icicle F1                                                     (National)

            Lettuce Bauer                                                            (National)

            Pepper Buffy F1                                                       (National)

            Petunia Bee’s Knees                                               (National)

            Watermelon Century Star F1                                (Regional)      


The six 2021 Winners previously announced are:

            Celosia Kelos® Candela Pink                                   (Regional)

             Echalion Crème Brulee (BGS-270) F1                    (Regional)

            Leucanthemum Sweet Daisy Birdy                          (Regional)

            Pepper Pot-a-peño F1                                              (Regional)

            Squash Goldilocks F1                                                 (National)

            Zinnia Profusion Red Yellow Bicolor        (National Gold Medal)

Growers, retailers, and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale as supply becomes available through the distribution chain. Click on the breeding company link below to email the breeder about ordering seed or cuttings. Garden communicators are free to begin writing about these varieties now to build demand.

Newer AAS Winners are featured in custom videos in social media posts and on the AAS YouTube channel.

All AAS Winners are marketed through social media, public relations and trade shows and are proudly grown in 200+ AAS Display Gardens across North America. In addition, the AAS office creates and maintains a wide variety of marketing pieces and resources such as:

Eggplant Icicle F1
AAS Edible Winner
National Winner

This cylindrical white eggplant earned the prestigious AAS award for several reasons. The Icicle plant has fewer spines than most eggplants, making for a less painful harvest! With larger fruits than other white eggplants, it produces a nice yield while also providing fewer seeds. The large, durable and vigorous plants hold up to insect damage and the environment. The pure white skin does not tend to yellow like many other white varieties of eggplant. The improved taste and texture has universal appeal (whether fresh or cooked), one judge served it to his children:

“Even my 11-year-old asked for seconds when I breaded and fried them at home.” That’s a culinary testimonial!

Bred by Known-You Seed America Corporation (Click link for order contact)

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Solanum melongena
  • Common name: Eggplant
  • Fruit size: 7 inches long x 1.5” wide
  • Fruit shape: Cylindrical
  • Color: White
  • Plant height: 48 inches
  • Plant spread: 28 inches
  • Plant habit: Spreading
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 30 x 70 inches
  • Length of time to harvest: 80 days from sowing, 55-60 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Gretel F1, White Comet F1

Lettuce Bauer (available as organic seed)
AAS Edible Winner
National Winner

Oakleaf lettuce is a delicious and versatile edible that is super easy (and fast) to grow in the garden. Harvest at the baby leaf stage or grow into the rosette-shaped full-sized head. Bauer will please with its darker green color and nicely uniform compact size that can be grown almost, containers or window boxes. The dense heads produce a plethora of sweet, crisp sturdy leaves. Now all you need is your favorite vinaigrette!

One judge went a step further and tried growing Bauer in a home aeroponics system. He reported that it did brilliantly, making it an excellent candidate for controlled environment production. 

Bred by Vitalis Organic Seeds (Click link for order contact)

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Lactuca sativa
  • Common name: Lettuce (green oakleaf)
  • Color: Unique medium green
  • Plant height: 4 inches
  • Plant spread: 8 inches
  • Plant habit: Compact with lobed leaves
  • Garden location: Full sun/Partial sun
  • Garden spacing: 6-8 inches
  • Length of time to harvest: 58 days from sowing, 34 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Panisse


Pepper Buffy F1
AAS Edible Winner
National Winner

Will this Buffy fend off blood-sucking supernatural beings? We’re not sure, but we do know it’s one very delicious hot pepper! “I dig this fiery little pepper!” says one judge. “I have nothing negative to say about this variety,” exclaims another. This Buffy will do right by you by producing a good yield of juicy, thick-walled green to red fruits on strong, healthy upright plants. Buffy’s fruits are more attractive than the comparisons as well as slightly larger making them perfect for flavorful sport peppers but also for use in other applications. The peppers are held high on the plant adding ornamental value to the garden. Buffy was faster to mature than Tabasco in the AAS trials with a bit less heat than Ascent, until the seeds are added in. In summary, Buffy deserves its moment of recognition and deserves a place in your garden.

Bred by Known-You Seed America Corporation (Click link for order contact)

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Capsicum annum
  • Common name: Pepper
  • Fruit size:5 inches long x 0.5” wide
  • Fruit shape: Slightly triangular
  • Color: Green to red
  • Plant height: 28 inches
  • Plant spread: 25 inches
  • Plant habit: Compact, semi-spreading
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 18-25 inches
  • Length of time to harvest: 100 days from sowing, 70 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Tabasco, Ascent F1

Petunia Bee’s Knees
AAS Ornamental Vegetative Winner
National Winner

Truly an outstanding and eye-catching yellow petunia in the AAS Trials! Each Bee's Knees petunia is filled with lush blooms that put on a colorful show of deep yellow, non-fading flowers all season long. The intense yellow petunia color contrasts beautifully against the deep green leaves. Bee’s Knees offers great garden performance in a variety of conditions and requires very little maintenance. Gardeners will love its deep, rich yellow color and its versatile mounding habit. Works great as an element in mixed containers or as a hanging basket but also thrives as a long-blooming groundcover.

Bred by Ball Floraplant.

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Petunia hybrida
  • Common name: Petunia
  • Flower color: Deep yellow
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Flower size: 3 inches
  • Plant height: 8-10 inches
  • Plant habit: Mounded and trailing
  • Plant type: Annual
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 18-24 inches
  • Closest comparisons on market: Potunia Plus Yellow, Headliner Yellow

Watermelon Century Star F1
AAS Edible Winner
Regional Winner – Great Lakes

Century Star is a new seedless watermelon similar to the popular heirloom variety, Moon and Stars. Century produces a good yield of 10 lb. fruits on long vines. Gardeners in the Great Lakes region will be rewarded with healthy plants, attractive spotted rind fruits and a great tasting, crisp, sweet internal flesh when they grow Century Star watermelon.

Bred by Chia Tai Co. Ltd.
(Click link for order contact)

AAS® Winner Data

  • Genus species: Citrullus lanatus
  • Common name: Watermelon
  • Color: Dark green with yellow spots
  • Fruit shape: Round to high round
  • Fruit flavor and texture: Crisp red flesh, juicy and sweet
  • Plant spread: 9-11 feet
  • Plant habit: Vining
  • Garden location: Full sun
  • Garden spacing: 2 feet allowing for 9-11 vine length
  • Length of time to harvest: 75 days from sowing, 65 days from transplant
  • Closest comparisons on market: Harvest Moon, Chubbiness
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