Spring Show Hints and Tips
Vegetables — should be properly prepared before showing. Vegetables that need to be washed should be carefully cleaned with a sponge or soapy cloth and plenty of clean water.
Trumpet Narcissi - one flower to a stem. Trumpet (corona) is as long as or longer thank the petal (perianth) segments
Large Cut Narcissi - one flower to a stem. Trumpet (corona) one third but less that the petal (perianth) segments
Small Cupped Narcissi - one flower to a stem. Trumpet (corona) not more than one third of the petal (perianth) segments
Double Narcissi - one or more flowers to a stem. With doubling of the Trumpet (corona) or the petal (perianth) segments, or both
Miniature Narcissi - overall diameter no more than 50mm (2”)
Tazetta Narcissi - usually 3 - 20 flowers to a stout stem. Petal (perianth) segments, spreading not reflexed. Flowers fragrant.
Always avoid poorly coloured and tired looking blooms. Check for any marks or blemishes on Trumpets (corona) or petals (perianth). Avoid weak or bent stems. Staged blooms should have long stems and do not cut so sort.
Tulips - flowers should be of good shape and colour, strong stems with good coloured foliage
Hyacinths - good sized heads of blooms, bright colour, fresh clean bells evenly spaced, avoid weak stemmed floppy blooms
Wallflowers - upright stems of good-sized, well-coloured booms. Good foliage and avoid weak coloured booms an foliage
Polyanthus - several (5 minimum) flower heads per stem, large flowers of good shape and colour. Staged with their own foliage, avoid thin stalked specimens with poor undersized blooms and washed out colours
Pansies - flower heads in good, fresh, clean condition with nicely shaped flowers. Strong stems and healthy foliage
Pot Plants - make sure the pot is the correct size stated in the schedule. Pots should be clean and undamaged. Plants in the flowering classes should be sturdy with good clean foliage. Flowers or bracts should be of good size and colour with all round effect - please label
Foliage Plants - plants should be sturdy with good clean and undamaged foliage - please label