Last updated March 2005.
The Show Guide defines the procedures for presenting a Rhododendron Truss and Plant Show and the guidelines for registering of show entries. Entries may be made by both - members and non-members.
Following are links to some PDF documents which can be downloaded to your computer. First is the 'Show Guidelines and Responsibilities' which is more pertinent for the volunteers who are presenting the show, but is available for anybody. Following are links to more specific subject areas which are presented for use by the entrants.
To make entering your truss in the Show as easy as possible, read the following guidelines.
When preparing your entry, it is necessary to assign a classification number to your entry. Hopefully, the following will help to make this process easier. But if you still have any questions, please ask for some assistance.
The first thing that we need to determine is whether your entry is a hybrid or a species. If you do not know, then it probably needs to be entered as a hybrid. It is not necessary to know the name of the hybrid for an entry into the hybrid classification because their classification is based on color. More about colors later. There will be separate hybrids and species classification sheets for use in determining the appropriate classification number. Be sure to use the appropriate sheets to get the correct classification number for your entry. If in doubt, ask for assistance.
Species. To make an entry into the species classification, it is necessary to know the name of the species (specific epithet) because the classification for species is ordered by name and subsection. After finding your entry among the species list, select the number for truss, spray, or plant, whichever is appropriate. See the discussion about trusses and sprays below.
Hybrids. To make an entry into the hybrid classification, it is necessary to know whether the entry has scales (hopefully not the pests), whether the truss is lax and its color.
Scales. It is necessary to know whether the entry is a lepidote [with scales (those tiny spots) on the underside of the leaves] or an elepidote (without scales). Generally, the smaller leaves are those with scales whereas the larger leaves are those without scales. If you have trouble remembering which are elepidotes, use this mnemonic: when you think elepidote, think “elephant ears,” or, in other words, large leaves.
Truss vs. spray. A truss is a single cluster whereas a spray is a branch that contains two or more clusters. Generally, elepidotes are entered as trusses whereas lepidotes are entered as sprays. Within the hybrids, it is also necessary to determine whether your elepidote truss is a “lax” truss. Now, this can be a bit subjective, but generally, if the pedicels (flower stems) are easily viewed and curved and do not hold the individual flowers erect, it is a lax truss. If in doubt, ask for an opinion. Opinions are usually free.
Colors. In the old days, hybrids usually came in red, pink, white and shades of purple. In recent years, hybridizers have developed an explosion of new colors, blends, and multi-colors. Unfortunately, today we are trying to fit these new color schemes into the older color categories. But, basically, we try to determine the classification color by using the majority color in the flower. Then, is it light red or dark pink, or…?