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Outline of Presentation
Preparing for a Rose Show

given at the B-SRS March Meeting, by Jim Zimmerman e-mail: proterra2@aol com

ROSE SHOW = BEAUTY CONTEST

Judges are looking for most beautiful specimens
  1. Present your entry at the perfect stage of beauty - PERFECTION IS RARELY OBTAINED
    1. One bloom hybrid tea, mini, mini-flora at 1/2 - 3/4 open with point in the center.
    2. Full bloon, hybrid tea, mini, mini-flora stamens must show.
    3. Spray, two or more blooms, tight or green buds are not considered a bloom.
    4. Austin, Old Garden, Shrub, shown in a natural state, usually some open blooms.
  2. Roses are Judged against others in the class - QUALITY VARIES - weather, date
  3. VALUE OF THE ROSE IS 100 points total - 60 points are in the bloom
    1. FORM -25 points - bloom shape, petal configuration, symmetry, openness (see below)
    2. COLOR - 20 points - hue, color, brightness
    3. SUBSTANCE --15 points - amount of starch & moisture in petals& leafs
    4. STEM & FOLIAGE - 20 points - stem straightness, abnormal peduncle & stem size
    5. BALANCE & PROPORTION -10 points - stem length to bloom size
    6. SIZE --10 points -- normal, larger than + points, smaller - minus points
  4. DISQUALIFICATION
    1. Misnamed
    2. Improperly Named - See ARS Handbook, Modern Roses, Magazine. etc.
    3. Misclased - example on name tag (below) A -12 should be B --12
    4. Misplaced -- properly named but placed in the wrong class
    5. Unlabeled Or Mislabeled -- omlsion of variety, section, class, exhibitor, etc
    6. Stem on stem -- except OGR
    7. Foreign substance - oil, ink, clay, wires, cotton balls, extra petal, etc.
    8. Not disbudded - example one bloom without buds, read schedule


HOW DO IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF MY ROSE AND WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I USE?
  1. If you like the way the rose looks, do nothing and see what happens -- learning experlence
  2. Soft towel and water and wipe spray residue off the foliage
  3. Serrated sclssors to trim a torn leaf or remove an unwanted spot
  4. Straight scissors to trim spotted petals or shape outline of the bloom
  5. Cue tips help a bloom to open and shape the circular outline
  6. Tweezers help to remove axil growth and unnecessary petals
  7. Knife or razor blade helps to remove unwanted side buds
  8. Knitting needle helps to improve circular outline of the petals & open bloom


HOW DO I KEEP A CUT SPECIMEN IN THE REFRIGERATOR FOR 3 OR 4 DAYS?
  1. 1 Gallon of water, add 2 tablespoons each of vinegar, bleach and sugar
  2. Put a plastic baggy over the bloom, use a plastic tie to secure
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE VARIETIES THAT OFTEN WIN THE RIBBONS AND TROPHIES ?
  1. HYBRID TEA -- Veterans Honor, Louise Estes, Moonstone, Cajun Sunrise, Gemini, Hot Princess, Marilyn Monroe, Dublin, Touch of Class, St. Patrick, Crystalline, Folklore and Signature
  2. MINIATURE -- Fairhope, Irresistible, Soroptomist International, Bee's Knees, MissFlippins, Incognito, Arcanum, Glowing Amber, Nancy Jean, Hot Tamale
  3. MINIFLORA - Conumdrum, Dr. John Dickman, Butter Cream, Tiffany Lynn, Lady E'Owyn, Memphis King, Cachet, Louisville Lady
  4. FLORIBUNDA -- Day Breaker, Hannah Gordon, Lavaglut, Nicole, Playboy, Playgirl, Sexy Rezy, Show Biz, Betty Boop, Pasadena Star

EXHIBITING WITH DRY WRAP ROSES - Jim Zimmerman

When the best exhibition bloom comes a week or two or three before a rose show it usually is a big disappointment because it won't last until the show. But many varieties can be saved for that period of time and successfully exhibited. They may not win queen of show but will compete favorably in collections and arrangements.

Dry wrapping is easy to do and is NOT DIFFICULT. Try it and follow the simple procedures listed below.
  1. Cut the bloom slightly less then one half open. .A. little practice is needed as every variety will not open in the same manner. The stem length should be the size that you want to exhibit.
  2. Put the stem and foliage in water up to the bloom for ten minutes. This provides maximum hydration to the bloom.
  3. Remove the cane from the water and wipe dry the cut end of the stem. Light a candle and seal the cut end with the wax.
  4. Use a spray type bottle filled with water, add your mixture of insecticide and fungicide and spray the bloom. This will kill the hidden thrips and curb petal spotting caused by fungus invasion. DO NOT use products that leave a residue.
  5. Insert the bloom and stem into a poly bag, plastic cone or suitable container that can be sealed tight to keep out additional air and moisture. It helps to put a rolled paper towel or other cushion material under the peduncle to suspend the the bloom and prevent damaging the petals.
  6. Put the package into the refrigerator. A temperature between 33 and 40 degree is desirable. Less fungus will grow at a colder temperature. DO NOT FREEZE.
  7. The bloom will remain good for two to four weeks depending on the variety. There will be wilting of the bloom and foliage while it is in the refrigerator. Do not be alarmed as this is NORMAL. When the rose is needed the next step will bring it back to a life like state.
  8. Take the rose from the refrigerator and remove it from the package. Cut off the sealed end and place the stem in water up to the bloom. The bloom and foliage will now hydrate as water is absorbed through the stem. The length of time the rose was in the refrigerator will affect the hydration time. Higher count petal roses will usually take a little longer to acquire the needed moisture. A little practice will serve you well.
  9. Every variety will not dry wrap well. You will have success with the following varieties. VETERANS HONOR, ST. PATRICK, GEMININ, MOONSTONE, CAJUN MOON, BRIDES DREAM, and others. Try it - it works.

WHAT WILL HELP ME BECOME A BETTER EXHIBITOR?

  1. GUIDELINES FOR JUDGING ROSES
    1. Manual for training HORTICULTURAL rose show judges.
    2. Description and pictures on how it is done
    3. Hybrid Tea, Floribundas, Grandiflora, Miniature, Mini-flora, OGR, Austin
    4. Purchase from the American Rose Society
  2. GUIDELINES FOR ROSE ARRANGEMENTS
    1. Manual for training ARRANGEMENT rose show judges
    2. Description and pictures on how it is done
    3. Purchase from the American Rose Society
  3. A GUIDE TO CREATING ROSE ARRANGEMENTS
    1. Sequel to above with colored pictures
    2. Purchase from the American Rose Society
  4. COMBINED ROSE LIST
    1. Lists all Roses in Commerce
    2. Rose Registration Update
    3. Hard to Find Roses & Where to Find Them
    4. Purchase from Peter & Schneider, P.O. Box 677, Mantua, Ohio 44255 at $22.00

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