Advice and Rules for Judges

GENERAL JUDGING OF PRIMULAS

(Instructions specifically for judges, adopted 1985 by the APS Board.  Please note that these are due for revision later this summer, 2010)

  • Read the Schedule carefully
  • Have a copy of Point Score.  Scoring used only when plants are in close competition.
  • POINT SCORE: 85-100 = blue ribbon; 80-85 = red; 70-80 = white
  • Look for substance, texture, floriferousness, a well-balanced plant, pleasing to the eye.  Foliage should be healthy, free from disease, pests, and not over-fertilized.
  • Maximum three plants of the same color to a class, unless schedule states otherwise.
  • Pots with exposed tags to be corrected before judging.
  • Look for clean clay or plastic pots.  Take off five (5) points for a dirty pot.
  • Plants that are known to be easy to grow still deserve your best judging and may still win a trophy.
  • Judging one's own plants should be avoided whenever possible.
  • If a plant needs to be turned or moved, ask a clerk to do this.  Do not touch any part of the plant yourself.
  • There is to be no re-judging after a set of judges have judged the show.
  • If a major fault is discovered before judging is complete, a plant may be re-judged by a majority of judges.
  • Once a plant is placed on the trophy table it must remain there.  A majority panel of judges pick the trophy winners.
  • Bamford Trophy: Only edged show auriculas are eligible.
  • Stakes are allowed on show auriculas only.  Stakes should be small, neat and inconspicuous.  No cotton.  Stake to be below the umbel.
  • Exhibition plants to show one umbel; others may be tied down out of sight, with the exception of Gold Lace.
  • Exhibition plants to be judged on majority of pips, not just one pip.
  • Many species are appearing in our shows, some of which are unknown to the judges.  Carefully judge the entire plant.
  • A plant must have been in its owner's possession for at least six (6) months prior to the show.
  • When several plants are in close competition and the scores tie, some additional characteristics to be observed are: rose crown, most unusual color, greatest depth of color, most beautiful ofr unusual eye, fragrance, floriferousness, strength of stem, condition of umbel, most perfect foliage.
  • Remember that a primula show is not a standard show. All plants are judged on their own merit.
  • Companion plants - do not compete for best plant in show.
  • Fasciated stem: deduct ten (10) points.

It was established that after participating in a judging training class and passing a written examination, a junior judge would become an accredited judge after serving three years or five shows as a junior judge.

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