Plants will be entered with a randomly selected code number. No further
identification is permitted in the Seedling Category. Sport Category entries must also be marked “Sport
of ……..” to be completed with the name of the plant it sported from. If
there is uncertainty, but it is known not to be a sport of a qualifying as
a seedling, “Unknown” is acceptable.
must be at least two divisions, all of an identical type. For example, a
plant which is two divisions- one green and one margined, may not be
entered. Minimal streaking (5%) in a margin or center form is permitted.
plants must be entered in an ordinary black plastic pot. This pot cannot
have any decorations, markings, lettering, logos, etc. visible. No
material other than potting soil, fertilizers, or insecticides may be
visible. Specifically, any decorative material such as pebbles or glass
beads is prohibited.
foreign substances may be applied to the plant. Specifically, dyes,
polishes, inks, powders, perfumes, and any other material which can alter
the appearance of the plant is prohibited. Violation of this rule will
result in disqualification of all plants entered by the entrant.
plants showing evidence of nematodes, viruses, or other plant pests or
diseases will be allowed in the Competition Room. If a plant has an
unusual type of variegation that might be questionable, a certification
that the plant is virus-free from a reliable testing source will allow the
plant to be entered.
scapes must be removed if in flower or above the leaves, unless they can
be bent down and secured out of sight until judging is finished. NOTE: A
separate category for plants in bloom is under consideration. Flowering
plants may be entered in the Display area.
tying, wiring, hoops, stakes or other support may be used to alter the
form of a plant. Repair of broken petioles or torn leaves is permitted. If
tape is used it must be clear. No “bonsai” techniques are permitted.
are not permitted to “campaign” for their own plants or against others.
All plants are to be judged on their own apparent merits. Revealing
information in such a way as to constitute an attempt to influence voting
is not permitted.
may be entered in someone else’s name. If this is done, any prizes will be
awarded to the originator. The person who entered the plant will be
considered their representative. If plants are entered by more than one
person, they will be considered a “team entry”. Only one of each award
will be given.
- In the
case of a tie, a tiebreaking committee will cast its vote to decide the
issue. The committee will consist of three members drawn from the
following pool in order: Regional
Director, Award Nominants, President of the Host Society, Presidents of
other Participating Societies, Meeting Chair, Competition Director. No
member of this committee may be personally associated with any of the
plants winning Best in Class awards must remain on display until the
Awards Ceremony is finished. Named Awards will not be announced until that
time. If a plant wins one of the Named Awards, it is permanently retired
from future entry in the same Competition. If a plant does not win one of
the Named Awards, it may be entered in subsequent Competitions as long as
entry requirements are met.