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Is this worth driving two hours for AOS judging?

This is a discussion on Is this worth driving two hours for AOS judging? within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It’s Cattleya intermedia var. coerulea. It has about 25 flowers. Natural spread of 7.5cm. I ...

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    Default Is this worth driving two hours for AOS judging?

    It’s Cattleya intermedia var. coerulea. It has about 25 flowers. Natural spread of 7.5cm.

    I am thinking of driving 100 miles to have it judged. Do you think it’s worth an award? I don’t want to waste two hours driving for this. What’s your opinion? Please help.
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    Easy enough to compare to previously awarded C. intemedia var. coerulea but need a little more information.

    The whole plant has a spread of 75cm? It is a rather small number of flowers for a plant that size.

    How many spikes? Any buds in addition to 25 flowers? How big are the flowers? How wide are the petals?

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    NS of the flower is 7.5 cm (typo). I won't be able to measure exactly til later in the week. 25 flowers including buds.

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    Easy enough to compare to previously awarded C. intemedia var. coerulea but need a little more information.

    The whole plant has a spread of 75cm? It is a rather small number of flowers for a plant that size.

    How many spikes? Any buds in addition to 25 flowers? How big are the flowers? How wide are the petals?

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    It appears that no C. intermedia var. coerulea with flowers under 8.3cm width has gotten any AOS award, and the number of flowers doesn't compare to several awarded clones. There would probably have to be something really exceptional about the flower form or color to have any chance of an award.

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    I think I am not going to drive two hours to get this judge.

    From all the advices that I've got i.e. the flower ns is too small. No C. intermedia var. coerulea with flowers under 8.3cm width has gotten any AOS award, and the number of flowers doesn't compare to several awarded clones. The presentation of the flowers this year is pretty crowded/messy.

    But I still love my plant. Maybe I can breed it with my other ones since this one grow pretty fast with from 4-inch pot to this size in two years!

    Thanks for helping me!

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    It would have been good to see some pictures -so difficult to judge from a few words !
    My first thought was to wonder if it is correctly labelled, since I cannot remember ever seeing a plant of this species with flowers less than say 100mm, and usually a bit bigger than that.

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    Isn't it great that when we have terrific displays, we can show them here on OT and enjoy them ourselves without feeling the compulsion for an official judging (although awards are pretty exciting, too).

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