1. All 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.


  1. Plant 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.


  1. All 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.


  1. No 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.


  1. No 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.


  1. Flower 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.


  1. No 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.


  1. Entrants 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.


  1. Plants 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.


  1. 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 concerned.


  1. All 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.