LEAF SHOW PREPARATION
“ from plant to bottle ”

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I.      WHICH PLANTS DO I SELECT FOR EXHIBITION?
       A.   Choose only mature plants, 3-5 years, 3+ divisions.
       B.   Choose plants that show appeal.
       C.   Choose plants that expand the visual base.
       D .   Overview the garden several days before the show.

II.     WHICH PART OF A PLANT WILL GIVE THE BEST LEAF?
        A.   For Sieboldiana and Fortunei backgrounds the first several leaves exhibit the most mature leaves. Exhibit the most mature examples.
        B.   For Sieboldii backgrounds the center offers the best examples.
       
III.    WHAT PROCESS DO I USE CUTTING A LEAF?
        A.   Choose only leaves with no visible damage, including no tears, or major pin holes.
        B.   Choose only leaves that show symmetry.
        C.   Choose the largest example where possible.
       D.   Choose more than one example if in doubt. Make final decision at the preparation table.
        E.   Always choose two leaves when exhibiting an unregistered cultivar.
              It’s a rule.    Always select the two leaves most alike.
        F.   Cut your example with a sharp knife and with as long a stem as possible.

IV.    HOW SHOULD I GROOM THE LEAF FOR THE SHOW?
        A.   Immerse the entire leaf in cool water overnight.
        B.   Use liquid soap, cotton balls, que tips, etc. on all leaf surfaces.
        C.   Never clean a blue leaf by any other means than water washing.
        D.   Don’t forget to clean the back side and the petiole.

V.     HOW DO I TRANSPORT MY LEAVES?
        A.   Select a large pail with 4 to 5 inches of water into which you place
              the leaves.
        B.   Arrive Early.  Staging takes time.

VI.    HOW DO I PLACE THE LEAF IN THE SHOW BOTTLES?
        A.   Select a bottle in proportion to the leaf being displayed.
        B.   Place cotton batting around the petiole at the mouth of the bottle.
        C.   Place the leaf above the cotton batting.
        D.   Avoid the “Easter Bunny” look when showing non-registered cultivars.
       

Indianapolis Hosta Society  2008


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