“Grow” a Junior Plant Parent!
You’ve heard of “Plant Parenting” so why not allow your kids to become junior plant parents? Children will get a kick out of becoming plant parents to these “baby” AAS Winners in their own gardens!
Patio Baby is a very early and highly productive eggplant with a compact habit, making it a great choice for containers. Deep purple, egg-shaped fruit should be harvested at baby size-2 to 3 inches, and are delicious roasted or in dips and salads. Thornless leaves and calyxes allow for painless harvesting and makes Patio Baby child-friendly, too.
Baby Rose is a petite-flowered, mounding variety with healthy, dark foliage ideal for containers and small space gardens. Uniformly compact plants that sported flowers with consistent coloration mean less “flower flopping” with their blooms remaining upright throughout the season. Bonus: both the leaves and flowers are edible and a great way to allow kids to eat their flowers!
Baby Bear is an attractive size with very cute fruits for both children and adults. Interior flesh texture is delicious in pies. Baby Bear can be used as indoor decorations (let the kids paint on a cute face!) or as filling for pumpkin pie. Baby Bear makes a nice decorative container for fresh Halloween flowers.
Sweet Baby accurately describes the look of this beautiful purple/white/rose-colored radish that is delicious and easy to grow! Get children excited about gardening with Sweet Baby which is quick-growing, maturing in just 40 to 45 days for successive sowings all season long.
Yellow Baby Watermelons are the cuties of the garden with their oval-shaped canary-yellow fruits. As an icebox watermelon variety, these melons grow to a kid-manageable size of 5-10 lbs. As all watermelons need full sun and adequate room to grow, Yellow Baby Watermelon plants are ideal for smaller-to-average sized garden.
Honeybaby is a very productive variety of winter squash producing numerous fruits on a compact plant. These shorter vines grow 2-3 feet in a semi-bush habit showing great garden vigor. Short, wide fruits are slightly larger, sweet and nutty, and meatier than similar comparison varieties. Honeybaby is delicious steamed, baked, or made into soups and stews.
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Once upon a time, there was an acorn squash named Goldilocks. In summer trials all across North America, the vigorous plant, high yield, disease tolerance, and rich nutty flavor of this variety had the AAS judges saying, “Ahhh, this squash is just right!” like in the fairy tale. The bright orange fruits with uniform shape and color double as an ornamental decoration.
The first miniature orange pumpkin to become an AAS Winner, Wee-B-Little weighs about 8 – 16 ounces, perfect for children to call their own. The deep orange skin is smooth, desirable for numerous crafts. The plant is a bush type so that it needs less garden space (about 8′) to grow your own pumpkins. Easy to grow from seed or plants, these pumpkins are ideal for indoor decorations too.
Everyone loves a Super Hero, right?! Super Hero™ Spry is a compact (10-12 inches) French marigold with dark maroon lower petals and golden yellow upper petals perched on top of the dark green foliage. The list of winning attributes continues: a more uniform and stable color pattern, earlier to bloom and no deadheading required. These stunning blooms make any garden fit for a Super Hero!
If your children are into princes and princesses, then these fairy tale themed AAS Winners will be perfect for their garden!
Hansel was bred by an eggplant lover so many eggplant disadvantages have been bred out of Hansel. Young Hansel eggplants have very few seeds. The fruit is tender and non-bitter. Another advantage is the harvest window. Gardeners can harvest the finger-like clusters of fruit when 3 inches in length. If the fruit stays on the plant until about 10 inches, they remain tender and sweet. The plant size is small, no taller than three feet, which is perfect for container growing.
Gretel has clusters of pure white, elongated teardrop-shaped petite fruit that can be harvested in 55 days from transplanting. It is an early white eggplant and offers a high yield of 3-4 inch fruit with tender skin, few seeds, and a sweet flavor. Mature plants are about 36 to 52 inches tall and spread 2- to -3 feet. Gretel is easy to grow in containers or garden soil.
Cinderella’s Carriage is a dream come true for any princess-loving child who wants to grow their own fairy tale type pumpkin. This bright reddish-orange pumpkin is the first hybrid Cinderella-type pumpkin on the market which results in a higher yield as well as Powdery Mildew resistance in the garden. Robust and vigorous vines produce large fruits ranging from 25-35 pounds, creating a whole grouping of carriages for all the princesses in your family.
Which AAS Winners will your children choose to grow?
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