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Showing orchids

This is a discussion on Showing orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I am new to showing orchids in society shows. I am so new that ...

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    Hi, I am new to showing orchids in society shows. I am so new that I have never shown an orchid before! I would appreciate any info on getting a plant ready and any additional tips members might want to share. Also can an unnamed orchid be shown? Winning is not the objective as much as helping the society I belong to put on a good show and not embarrass myself. LOL Thanks in advance for your help. Bill

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    Bill, I'm no expert about this, but I know that at one society meeting, they did show a NOID, and in fact, it won a ribbon. I think they actually added a category for no name/no tag 'chids.

    You might want to talk to some of the society members who do show at your meetings, as they would know exactly what their own rules and suggestions would be.


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    I'm suprised noone has done an article on this! Maybe a few suggestions from everyone will help. I know most clean their leaves with milk and water (never ever use leaf shine as it coats leaves and they cannot breathe). I've seen some plants at shows with decorative spag. to hide the roots and pot. I'd also guess you remove the dried stuff from around p-bulbs and such.
    The pros on here should know more tricks.

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    NOIDS can be shown and get show trophies and ribbons, but are not eligible for AOS awards.

    Hints for getting a plant ready:
    • Stake the plant/inflorescence so that the flowers present well.
    • Clean the plant up so that there are no dead/damaged leaves, old sheaths/spikes, debris present.
    • Make sure there are no bugs present.
    • Clean the leaves. Some people also use the whole milk/water trick to make the leaves shiny.


    Susan

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    I've never heard of this milk/water trick. Can someone explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    NOIDS can be shown and get show trophies and ribbons, but are not eligible for AOS awards.

    Hints for getting a plant ready:
    • Stake the plant/inflorescence so that the flowers present well.
    • Clean the plant up so that there are no dead/damaged leaves, old sheaths/spikes, debris present.
    • Make sure there are no bugs present.
    • Clean the leaves. Some people also use the whole milk/water trick to make the leaves shiny.


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    Thanks Susan. I would add that if you plan to show a plant. Be sure to stake the inflorescence from the beginning of the growth. Staking a bloom after it has open often changes the orientation of the flower and diminishes its presentation.

    Also, in your display, you should group plants by color for color flow. Follow the old ROY G. BIV color layout and remember White can go anywhere in your display.

    Think about how the plants leaves look and if there are spots or damage that can be removed, do so.

    ...just my two cents...

    Cheers,
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    Are there any unwritten rules for showing orchids? Is it better to raise them from flask or seedling? How much "mine" should it be?

    I've never shown but there is a show coming up and I have a wonderful orchid, but I've had it for less than a year.........

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    It is all very subjective. At one time my society "encouraged" members to only show orchids and claim the blooming is "theirs" if they had grown the orchid at least 6 months before blooming. However, nobody checks and I do know people who showed orchids purchased in bud or in bloom. It is pretty much up to you and how you feel about it.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Your are being great help to me. I never feel an orchid is really mine until I have gotten it to bloom under my care. Thats just me I guess. Have never liked taking credit for anything unless I have been in control since the beginning. Bill

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