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Preparing plants for showing

The Society has a range of awards that are given out annually at the AGM each January and are based upon the places awarded to members submitting plants to the show table during the year. The plants are judged by experienced growers and/or official judges of the British Orchid Council.

At most of the monthly meeting of North Hampshire Orchid Society, there is an opportunity to submit your plants for judging, or the show table (places are only awarded to plants on the judging table).

Plants will also be required for displays at our annual show as well as those where NHOS has been invited.

The following tips are designed to help you best display your plants and also assist us when your plants are submitted for the Society displays.

Labels:

All plants must be clearly labelled. Where the full name of the plant is not known, a brief description is sufficient e.g "Cattleya species" or "Phalaenopsis hybrid".

Pots:

If the orchid is not in a terracotta clay pot, black plastic is the most usual. It helps set off the flower well and not detract from it. If your plant is in a non-black plastic pot, this pot can be lowered into a black plastic pot for the display.

Cleanliness:

Make sure the pot is clean - black pots easily show any water marks. These can be easily removed by washing or even wiping the pot with cotton wool dipped into a little butter or margarine.

Leaves:

Any damaged or dying leaves should be removed or cut back. A straight cut will reduce the amount of weeping by the leaf and does not detract from the overall view of the plant

Stakes:

These are often needed to support the flower spike but should not distract the eye. Keep them looking as natural as possible. Stakes should not protrude beyond the top of the last bloom staked but should allow the flowers to be kept away from the foliage. It may also protect the flower spike from damage during travel to the show.

Top dressing:

With some species this often adds to the "well-kept' effect. A light dressing of fresh bark may be all that is needed.

Finally - but most important:

No wildlife (pests or diseases) attached to your plants!

If you would like any further advice, please ask.


The North Hampshire Orchid Society is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society & The Orchid Society of Great Britain
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