GENERAL JUDGING OF PRIMULAS
(Instructions specifically for judges, adopted 1985 by the APS Board.)
- 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 or 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.