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Definition of AAS

Categorized under "General"

Definition as written by Terry:

"All-American Selection" plant

Definition as written by talinum:

Awards for new, previously unsold varieties of plants. Categories include field grown flowers, vegetables, and bedding plants. It was first started in 1932.

The bedding plants are grown in flats and flowered before they go to the field. This category is more difficult than the field grown flowers.

All of these are grown at trial gardens located at seed companies, universities, and botanical gardens.
There are two types of medals given. The gold medal signifies exceptional merit is is seldom awarded. The regular award is given for plants that show outstanding characteristics. Once a winner is chosen, the breeder must have enough seed on hand to satisfy the North American market.

Because these plants are judged by a panel of experts, great credibility is given to the winners.

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