MANAGEMENT 2022 AAS ORNAMENTAL WINNER Begonia 'Viking Explorer Rose on Green' (Sakata Ornamentals) Erase that sea-faring conqueror image and replace it with this garden-faring beauty that performs exceptionally well and has high impact color. This trailing begonia " explores " the garden by spreading and spilling its branches over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Prolific rose-colored flowers stand out against the glossy green foliage and do so all season long. It has a strong tolerance to heat and many diseases, as well as both wet and dry conditions. These new Vikings are sure to be a garden favorite. The early flowers match the rest of the Viking series of begonias. Total crop time is 16 to 21 weeks. AAS Judge comments: * " The compact plants are covered in large flowers. The flowers are nicely held above the foliage. " * " Lovely color with a great trailing habit. Stellar performance in the container. " * " This begonia was awesome this year! Compared to the comparisons, it was more floriferous and had a nice, basketlike habit. Excellent variety! " 2022 AAS EDIBLE - VEGETABLE WINNER Pepper 'Quickfire' (Tozer Seeds) The First AAS Award Winner from the Container Edible Trial I mentioned earlier about the first edible container trials, and this is the winner from that new trial! Mighty, strong, hot and quick - what more might one want in a hot Thai-type pepper? Quickfire peppers produce plenty of hot, delicious fruits on a compact, sturdy plant that is perfect for container gardening; no staking is required. This pepper has tremendous ornamental value but was bred for its taste and yield. Culinary gardeners will definitely want to give this gem a try in their Thai and other Southeast Asian dishes where a little heat and kick give the meal some quickfire! This pepper will make a great addition to container/patio vegetable programs. 18 APRIL 2022 AAS Judge comments: * " Tremendous yield. Sturdy little plant with good habit which is also quite attractive from an ornamental standpoint. " * " The entry has the heat and flavor I would expect from a Thai dish. " * " Hot little buggers. From a home garden perspective, these little plants are right on the money. They almost look like a large ornamental pepper and could probably be used as such in a mixed patio container. "