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AAS announces two additional winners

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Two zinnias from Sakata win the AAS 2013 Bedding Plant Award.

| January 30, 2013

All-America Selections (AAS) announced two additional winners for the 2013 season, bringing the total to eight winners for 2013. The two new double zinnias are a welcome addition to the successful Zinnia Profusion series from Sakata Seed Corporation.

Each of these winners was trialed next to two or three other similar varieties that are currently on the market. The AAS Judges grew the entries and comparisons, then did a side-by-side analysis of growth habit, disease resistance and more to determine if these were truly better than those already available to home gardeners. Only those entries with superior garden performance are granted the honor of an AAS Award.

These varieties are available for immediate sale.

AAS 2013 Bedding Plant Award Winner: Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’
Salmon-colored double flowers cover attractive, compact plants from late spring through fall. In trials the double blooms offered a unique salmon color that held the color better and later into the season than the comparisons. The bright foliage covers spent blossoms, giving a fresher appearance without the need to deadhead. Mature plants are 8 to 14 inches tall and are ideal as a low or medium height divider. Bred by Sakata Seed Corp., this zinnia offers disease resistance to both Alternaria and powdery mildew.

AAS Winner Data
Genus species: Zinnia hybrida
Common name: Zinnia
Unique qualities: Unique salmon double flower, disease tolerant, early flowering
Flower size: 2.5 to 3 inches
Flower color: Rich warm salmon color
Foliage color: Green
Plant height: 8 to 14 inches
Plant width: 24 inches
Garden location: Full sun
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 60 days
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Zahara Double Fire,’ ‘Profusion Double Golden,’ ‘Profusion Deep Apricot’

AAS 2013 Bedding Plant Award Winner: Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’
Also bred by Sakata Seed Corp., ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ offers vivid deep-rose double flowers. This continuous bloomer covers well-mounded plants from late spring through fall. In trials the large double blooms held the color significantly better than comparisons and later into the season. The plant covers spent blossoms giving a fresher appearance without deadheading. Mature plants grow between 8 and 14 inches tall, and are suitable as a low or medium height divider. ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ also offers disease resistance to Alternaria and powdery mildew.

AAS Winner Data
Genus species: Zinnia hybrida
Common name: Zinnia
Unique qualities: Disease tolerant, early flowering, vivid deep-rose double flower, flower petals do not fade under high temperatures
Flower size: 2.5 to 3 inches
Flower color: Vivid deep rose
Foliage color: Green
Plant height: 8 to 14 inches
Plant width: 24 inches
Garden location: Full sun
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: 60 days
Closest comparisons on market: ‘Profusion Double Cherry,’ ‘Double Zahara Cherry’
 

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