All-America Selections Announces Its Winning Seed Choices for 2000

All-America Selections announces its winning seed choices for 2000, includes information on the winning cabbage seed, bell pepper seed, corn seed and pea seed.


| February/March 2000



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All-America bell pepper seed winner.


COURTESY OF ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS

Learn about the All-America Selection winning seed choices for 2000. (See photos of the winning seed varieties in the image gallery.)

Just in time for spring planning and planting, All-America Selections (AAS) has announced its winning seed choices for 2000. A nonprofit organization dedicated to testing and trumpeting outstanding new cultivars, AAS has for the past 67 years introduced gardeners to some of the best new vegetables, flowers and bedding plants in North America. Joining the ranks of AAS winners this year are four new vegetables that'll add color and flavor to any garden . . . virtually guaranteed.

Common name: cabbage
Unique qualities: It is the earliest known savoy cabbage and is decorative with a waffle-like leaf texture
Head size and weight: 6 inches to 8 inches, 1 to 1 3/4pounds
Head shape: round or slightly pointed
Plant height: 10 inches to 12 inches
Foliage color: green exterior, yellow-green interior
Garden spacing: 12 inches apart
Growing time: 55 days from transplant
Closest comparisons on market: Savoy Ace, Savoy King

Savoy Express Cabbage

You'll love this cabbage, which can be harvested in little more than half the time of most savoys on the market (55 days after transplanting in the garden, as compared to 100 growing days for most others). Savoy Express' sweet flavor makes it great for slaws or mixed in a salad of raw, fresh greens. And its diminutive size (under two pounds) means small families won't regularly find themselves tossing out half-eaten heads that have gone to rot.

Savoy Express can be grown in either spring or fall in most areas of North America. To grow from seed, sow indoors about five to six weeks ahead of when you think you'll be transplanting to the garden (after the threat of frost has passed). With its decorative, waffle-like leaf texture, the Savoy Express makes not only a tasty but a beautiful addition to vegetable and flower gardens alike.

Genus, species: Capsicum annuum
Common name: pepper
Unique qualities: flavor, color sequence (ivory, pastel pink, rosy red)
Fruit size: about 4 inches by 4 inches
Colors: shades of ivory, pink, red
Plant height: 18 inches to 24 inches
Ear height: 16 inches to 20 inches
Garden spacing: 2 feet apart
Growing time: 74 days to 76 days from transplant
Closest comparisons an market: Gypsy, Dove





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