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THINGS TO DO FROM NOW TO SHOW DATE


3 WEEKS BEFORE SHOW

  1. Make initial rounds to really look at your garden.
  2. Remove side growth at leaf axils.
  3. Make sure the best canes have an unobstructed opening to be able to grow upright. Move or remove blocking growth as necessary.
  4. If important canes are growing at a slant, stake them upright using bamboo stakes and twist-ties.
  5. Apply Epsom salts and fish emulsion (each @ 2 TBS./gal, 1/2 gal/bush).
  6. Remove the center bud from floribunda sprays
  7. Add Thuricide (for worms) to your spray mixture
  8. Start assembling your grooming kit


2 WEEKS BEFORE SHOW

  1. Apply iron (Sprint 330 FE-@ 2 TBS./gal, 1/2 gal/bush). Stop applying fertilizers that contain Nitrogen or use a low nitrogen, high phosphorus fertilizer.
  2. Start serious removal of all side growth - preferably every day, but certainly every 2nd day .
  3. Water every day or every other day from now to show time.
  4. Recheck staked canes - the twist ties may have to be adjusted as a result of the canes growth 5. Straighten necks of blooms as necessary using either bamboo sticks or skewers and twist-ties.


7-10 DAYS BEFORE SHOW TO DAY OF SHOW

  1. Spray early in week. Don't use powders in your spray
  2. Just before dark each evening mist those buds about to show color and opening blooms with Orthene or Cygon 2E (for thrips).
  3. Remove two outer rows of petals from Uncle Joe's opening buds - even if its like peeling an onion
  4. Make sure your grooming kit is complete
  5. Study the show schedule
  6. Attach name and address stickers & rubber bands to the entry tags you have obtained ahead of time
  7. Check for blooms at the proper stage to cut. After cutting blooms re-cut stems underwater.
  8. Make a list of the blooms you have cut - Spell the names correctly.
  9. Clean and trim foliage on cut specimens. Do all your grooming (except for the bloom) at home so you won't have so much to do at the show.

THE DAY OF THE SHOW

  1. Arrive at the show site early.
  2. Get table space and vases.
  3. Make sure that the vases are full of water.
  4. Place your roses in vases and place an entry tag with the correct name on the vase.
  5. Position stem to the proper height. (HTs about 27 to 29 inches overall height from the top of the table).
  6. Enter sprays and fully open blooms early to free up table space.
  7. Select blooms that are too "tight" and start action early to open them.
  8. Select your best 4 to 6 blooms and set these aside to enter at the last minute for Queen. If you can't win Queen with one of these blooms, you certainly won't win with your 20th best bloom! Take the remainder of your blooms and enter them in Challenge classes and Collections.
  9. Don't forget classes for fully open, floating bowl, artist's pallet, English Box, etc.
  10. Save your Miniatures for entry after your big roses. (Minis usually open faster)
  11. When the time becomes 10 to 15 minutes before the schedule says entries are to close, stop working on your roses! Carry your remaining entries up and have them all on the classification table BEFORE the time the schedule says the entries are to close !!
  12. Put the roses that you brought to the show, but did not get entered, into a bucket (with water) that has your name on it and give these roses to the society to sell during the show.
  13. Clean up your work area and carry your material to your car.
  14. Come back and help clean up the preparation area. Empty extra vases and put them in boxes. Empty water buckets, fold up tables, clean up trash, etc. If you aren't sure what to do to help, ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing.
  15. Now is the time to relax and enjoy talking to your fellow exhibitors

Prepared by:
HAROLD & JEAN BAKER, 4445 ARLINGTON PARK DR., LAKELAND, FL. 33801-0545
Telephone-667-0308, E-Mail BAKE.inFL@Verizon.net

GROOMING KIT

(Note: This is a check list is for a complete kit. Don't let it scare you. It isn't necessary that you have every item such as Q-tips, cotton balls, water bottle, Deckle edge scissors, or Exacto knife etc.)

  1. Plastic carrying case (tackle box, Tool box, etc. )
  2. SHOW SCHEDULE
  3. Tweezers, blunt (for removing petaloids)
  4. Tweezers, pointed (for removing dark stamens, cotton balls)
  5. Knitting needle (for moving petals)
  6. Water color brush (for removing Thrips, spray residue, moving petals, etc.)
  7. Short blade curved scissors (manicure) (for trimming sepals and Miniature petals)
  8. Medium size regular scissors (for trimming damaged outer tips of HT petals)
  9. Deckle edge scissors (for trimming damaged leaves)
  10. Exacto knife or even better is a disposable scalpel (to remove signs of disbudding)
  11. Pocket knife (to cut Styrofoam sheet for wedges)
  12. Q-tips (to temporarily position petals)
  13. Balls of various sizes-possibly cotton, painted Kix cereal, or Play-dough (preferably green or blue color) to temporarily position petals.
  14. Cloth (such as a scrap of Tee shirt) to use to buff up foliage.
  15. Pruning shears.
  16. More than one #2 pencil
  17. Wedging material -1 "thick green Styrofoam sheet
  18. Squeeze water bottle
  19. Personal name and address stickers for use on entry tags.
  20. Rubber bands
  21. ARS entry tags, both large & small with name and address stickers on them
  22. Alphabetic list, by types, of all the varieties that you grow, with names correctly spelled, and their color class.
  23. Mark on the list those specimens you have cut for the show
  24. ARS Buyers handbook (to help other Exhibitors who didn't do as you have done and write down the correct spelling and color classes of the roses they grow).

Items in addition to your grooming kit

  1. Paper towels
  2. Plastic bag for garbage
  3. Bucket with your name on it for dump water and to turn in extra roses for sale.

Prepared by:
HAROLD & JEAN BAKER, 4445 ARLINGTON PARK DR., LAKELAND, FL. 33801-0545
Telephone-667-0308, E-Mail BAKE.inFL@Verizon.net

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