Fri, Apr 21 2017 03:36
Groom Your Plant
You should remove dead or brown leaves and pseudobulbs from the plant. Trim dead or spotted areas from leaves if possible with a single edged razor blade, but not too early or edges will brown. Preferably consider removing the affected leaves. When cutting tips of leaves, be sure your cut follows the basic shape of the natural leaf ending. Make sure your plant is insect and disease free. Clean the leaves to remove calcium build up or other spotting. Remove trash, debris, dead leaves or stems and weeds from the pot. Stake the inflorescence to show the flower to its best advantage. If you can plan ahead of time it is best to train the inflorescence as it emerges and is soft, a mature inflorescence is hardened off and can break easily. Please be aware that the show team may remove your stake to arrange a more natural effect. If you have a problem with this please note this on your pot.
Identify Your Plant
To make sure your plant is properly labeled you may want to double-check the name spelling. For hybrids this can be done at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/orchidregister/orchidregister.asp
- You can search by GREX (e.g. Cattleya Coastal Breeze, e.g. Paphiopedilum Liberty Taiwan) or by parents (e.g. Paphiopedilum micranthum x hangianum). Note that the site allows searching by wildcards: instructions can be found under "Notes on searching by ..." under the search box. For species you should use the Kew World Checklist at http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/prepareChecklist.do;jsessionid=B9CCD6385AC78393985F7D4E5AC0901B?checklist=selected_families%40%40306011120161710620
Once you verified the name, ensure you have a clearly written label for your plant.
Label the plant as your own
In order to ensure that we can easily identify the plant and get it back to you, you may want to add a freezer label or masking tape with the following information on the plant pot: plant name, your name, contact details.
Note that plants will be collected during the week before the show, and that the plant will be returned to you after the show. This means that your plant will be away for maximum two weeks. If the plant cannot be replaced, or has special care requirements, you may want to check with our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html
) before you arrange delivery.
Getting Your Plant to the Show.
Most likely you are not going to participate in setting up the exhibit. Arrangements will be made to transport your plant to the show. If you have any plants that may be in flower for Chelsea, please contact our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (email@example.com) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html
). We would appreciate hearing from you 2-3 weeks before Chelsea starts so we can tell you where your nearest delivery/pickup point is or make arrangements for collection. This also allows time for research to be done on your plant name.
Prepare your plant for pick-up
Remove any wire hangers, hoops, etc. Water each plant thoroughly before pick-up. Place each plant carefully in a large box or container for transport, please use the folding crates that the OSGB supplied a few years ago as these can then be stored on site. To keep the plants from moving around and sustaining damage you can put crumpled newspaper around the pots. Some people use cotton batting, florists shred or other material to protect the flowers and inflorescences from damage during transport.
If you have any questions, please contact our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html
Here’s a handy checklist to follow for preparing your plants.
Clean the pseudobulbs and leaves (water helps to soften the dry papery covering around mature pseudobulbs so that you can gently rub it off).
Make sure the media in the container is clean and free of weeds.
Trim dead or spotted areas from leaves if possible with a single edged razor blade, but not too early or edges will brown.
Do not use commercial spray to shine the leaves, it is not good for the plant.
Carefully inspect plant for pests and if any are found remove them with alcohol and a Q tip. If there is a bad infestation, do not bring the plant to the show.
Inspect the flowers for thrips and other damage. If a flower is marred by the spots of Botrytis fungus it is better to leave the plant at home.
Carefully stake the inflorescence if this will help present the flowers to their best advantage. If you can plan ahead of time it is best to train the inflorescence as it emerges and is soft, a mature inflorescence is hardened off and can break easily.
Provide the plant information to our Display Manager before you arrange pick-up.
Guide in Pictures
Figure 1: Removing sheets
Figure 2: Wipe and clean leaves
Figure 3: Wipe the pot
Figure 4: Label your pot
Figure 5: Stake flowers
Figure 6: How to pack plants
Figure 7: How NOT to pack plants