Wow, now I've earned a new title.So....? There are only a room full of people that have seen it, now. Plus, I've brought it in for show and tell for at least 3 years. So, the "general public" has seen it for years. In this case my OS. In Australia the plants can be seen, simply not judged for 6 mos.
If it was purchased in bloom and died, then maybe it wasn't a strong genetic plant anyway. Or the grower was a complete dork.
I'd know it would bloom again for me, so it wouldn't bother me in the least. Plants grow and bloom all the time:> Yes, unless the grower is a dork.Well suppose you picked out a plant and it bloomed in 4 months, BUT YOU COULDN"T SHOW IT!
Excellent!!!!!:clap: I agree!!!This conversation suggests a number of issues that that may be of concern to those of us that exhibit at shows and occasionally enter plants for judging.
Rules for exhibiting at a show are established by the society sponsoring the event. Societies have nearly complete control over the establishment of such rules. Most societies require that a plant has been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least six months to be eligible for ribbons and show trophies. The intent in establishing such a rule is to prevent exhibitors from receiving recognition for plants grown by others. As a statement of principle the rule is praiseworthy, but as a practical matter it is largely unenforceable.
Exactly how does one establish when a plant came into their possession? Certainly a receipt or bill of sale cannot be required because so many plants are acquired through trades, as gifts, and from society opportunity tables. The word of the exhibitor must suffice, along with a faith in the honesty of all participants. Such faith is frequently revealed to be misguided, though proof is hard to establish. Even if ownership can be proven, how do you deal with plants that are boarded in commercial greenhouses? Such plants can hardly be considered to have been cultivated by their owners, or at least not entirely. One could argue that such plants violate the spirit of the rules and are little different from plants purchased just prior to the show. Show rules are based upon the honor system, and the honor system only applies to the honest.
When a society show includes judging by a regional or national society, such as the AOS or the CSA, the rules governing the judging are established by those respective organizations, independent of whatever rules are established for the local show. The AOS takes the position that flower quality is independent of culture. The assumption is that if a plant makes it through the screening process its culture was at least adequate. They long ago realized that any six-month ownership rule is unenforceable anyway and would only benefit the dishonest. They actually take this philosophy one step further, allowing exhibitors to receive flower quality awards on cut flowers shipped to the judging center. In theory, you can receive awards for flowers from plants you don't even own, though it is hard to imagine the motivation for doing so.
With respect to cultural awards, the AOS enforces the six-month rule, even with the knowledge that it can be circumvented. Should a dispute arise over who actually grew an awarded plant (and really deserves the cultural award), they have little choice but to accept the word of the exhibitor. As mentioned above, it may be debatable whether one who boards their plants should be eligible for any cultural awards.
Growers must use their own standards regarding the ethics they apply in exhibiting their plants. Even the six-month rule can be considered arbitrary. Some orchids can take over six months to go from initiating a spike to full bloom. One could buy a Cymbidium in October and enter it in a show and/or for AOS judging in April. One could do the same with Paph malipoense or any number of other orchids. In such cases, could the exhibitor really claim to have grown the plant? It is at least debatable.
I don't really feel that I deserve credit for a blooming unless I grew the specific growths that are in bloom. To me, truly growing a plant is to nurture a new growth from its first appearance to full bloom. To my mind, that is the only way to establish that I am actually capable of growing a plant. Otherwise, I feel like I am simply finishing someone else's work. Growing and blooming orchids gives me a tremendous feeling of accomplishment, but only if I feel that I deserve full credit for that accomplishment.
When it comes to AOS or CSA awards, I'll take them when I can without violating any of the judging authority's rules. If I have a plant that I think is truly awardable, I'll try to get it judged, even if I bought it in bloom. If it is awarded I'll be happy for that, because awards add value to a plant, and I would get some satisfaction out of feeling that I have a good eye for quality in orchids. Nevertheless, I would prefer that it be a plant that I grew (by my own definition of 'growing') because that would give me an additional sense of accomplishment. I would be even happier to know that I grew the plant from seed (or even flask or seedling).
I do feel that some exhibitors at shows are far too oriented towards getting ribbons, trophies and awards for their plants. I sometimes internally question the motivations of such exhibitors, and some behavior I have observed I can only attribute to selfishness. In the interest of harmony, I try to keep such opinions to myself.
As well you should! This is not the easiest species to grow, much less that well!Winning a cultural award (which is what I won (not AOS but still...) felt much more rewarding to me tonight, driving home. I'm really proud of being able to GROW something that some people feel is hard to grow, and growing it WELL.