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Showing plants for competition

Lots of carnivorous plant societies, country shows and horticultural events hold plant competitions. Carnivorous plants can do very well in such events, but there are a few rules to give you maximum chance of success. Here’s some time proven tips when showing your plants:

  1. Make sure the plant’s pot is free from weeds, including any horticultural weeds such as D. capensis. Live Sphagnum moss is generally OK, but make sure it isn’t smothering or diminishing your plant.
  2. Make sure the plant’s pot is clean, unblemished, unfaded and in good physical condition.
  3. Center your plant in its pot.
  4. Make sure the media level is high enough to bring the plant to the top of the top. Most pots have indicator lines on the inside. Use these to make sure the plant isn’t sinking in the top.
  5. Remove any dead and dying traps, leaves, flower spikes etc. It may not be in the best interest of the plant, but presentation matters.
  6. Make sure the plant is clearly and accurately labeled.
  7. Remove any visible dead insects from your plants traps.

Be sure to have some interesting facts about your plant on hand. Not how much it cost, or where you bought it from. Things like how long you’ve been cultivating it. Whether you tried propagating it. What are your cultivation conditions etc. These make great discussion points and help people understand just how much effort and TLC has gone into your plant. Of course, nobody may ask you any questions. But if you’re standing next to your plant and a big blue ribbon, you at least want to be prepared.

And of course, good luck. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the result you hoped for. Plant judging is very subjective despite what some may suggest. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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