Show Guide for Novices:
Vegetable Classes


These interpretations are based on guidance within;
The RHS Horticultural Show Handbook and
The NFWI On With The Show publication.
Both can be referenced at the Show Recorder's table.
Be aware the HIHS Rules for Exhibitors take precedence.

Links to articles posted below:
Growing Veg Showing Veg Beans
Heaviest/Longest Herbs Growing Leeks
Lettuce Onions Peppers
Potatoes Radishes Rhubarb
Spinach and Chard

Showing Tomatoes



Growing Vegetables For Showing

links
Help is always at hand with advice and guidance.
Herewith links to information from the experts:

Start with the right seed.
Advice on Growing Vegetables for Showing.
Vegetables for showing including giant entries
Guidelines for Garden Show.
Diary: Growing Vegetables for Showing.
The Craft of Growing Vegetables for Showing.
RHS guide to: Showing vegetables.

Showing Vegetables General Guide

vegetables
Judges of vegetable classes generally consider.

Condition:
Fresh, tender and blemish free.

Size:
Relative to cultivar and ready for harvest.

Uniformity:
Shape, size, form, colour and development.

Colour:
Attractive and natural.

Staging:
Cleanliness, attractive presentation and cultivar named.

Beans: Broad, French and Runner

beans
Beans Broad: Judges of broad beans are looking for:,

Pods fresh, well filled, without blemish, with stalks.
Seeds tender, good size, without dark eyes, not split or detached.
Free from pest, disease or other damage.
Judges will snap one pod to determine condition.

Beans French: Judges of french beans are looking for:,

Pods straight, fresh, tender, without blemish, with stalks.
Pods good colour and size, uniform length and tails.
Pods not misshapen, shrivelled or showing prominent seeds.
Free from pest, disease or other damage.
Judges will snap one pod to determine condition.

Beans Runner: Judges of runner beans are looking for:,

Pods long straight, fresh, tender, without blemish, with stalks.
Pods good colour and size, uniform length and tails.
Pods not misshapen, rough skin or showing prominent seeds.
Pods undamaged not bottle-necked or stringy.
Free from pest, disease or other damage.
Judges will snap one pod to determine condition.

Judging criteria for all beans in order of importance are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Shape - Colour.


Heaviest/Longest Vegetable

giants
Judges just weigh or measure the vegetable as applicable.

Condition, freshness, tenderness
and appearance are irrelevent.
It is all about size and nothing else.

Herbs Growing In Container

herbs
A judge of this class is expecting:
Variety of content with sturdy, shapely plants.
Abundance of clean, pristine healthy foliage.
Pot size in proportion to planting.

The three criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Size - Colour.

Leeks

leeks
Judges of leeks are looking for:,

Firm, fresh, solid, parallel-sided, clean, long barrels.
No softness or splits with a tight button.
Free from bulbing and ribbiness,
Foliage turgid and free from pest, disease or other damage.
Roots washed and present.

The five criteria judged for entries are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Shape - Colour.

Lettuce

lettuce
Judges of lettuce entries are looking for:,

Crisp, fresh, clean, unbroken and
blemish free heads of appropriate colour,
with no signs of bolting, pest or disease damage.
Roots must be present.

The four criteria judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Firmness and texture - Colour.

Onions

onions
Judges of onion entries are looking for:,

Firm well ripened bulbs with thin necks,
blemish free unbroken skins of appropriate colour,
with no signs of bolting, pest or disease damage.
Roots trimmed back to the basal plate.

The criteria, in order of importance, judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Shape - Colour.

Peppers

peppers
Hot Chilli
Fruits fresh, firm and mature size.
Flesh of the uniform colour to cultivar, blemish free.
Stalks attached.
Uniform size, shape and maturity of fruits on entry plate.

Peppers Sweet
Fruits fresh, firm and mature size.
Colour true to cultivar and blemish free.
Well shaped with no deformity.
Stalk fresh and attached.
Uniform size, shape and maturity of fruits on entry plate.

Potatoes

potatoes
Judges of potatoes entries prefer:,
Medium size tubers, equal matched with shallow eyes and
clean skins free from blemishes caused by pests or disease.

Take extra care when harvesting to keep pristine.
Check the schedule for the stipulated number required.
Pick extras as reserves in case of damage in transit.
Gently wash the tubers with a soft sponge in clean water.
Wrap in damp cloth to take to the show.

Stage on a plate with rose end outwards,
and cover with a cloth to exclude light till close of staging.
Complete the variety card and place with your entry card
alongside your plate of potatoes on the show bench.

Radishes

radishes
Judges of radish entries are looking for:,

Blemish free, fresh, firm, young and tender radishes.
Fresh healthy leaves.
No signs of running to seed, pest or disease damage.
Well coloured young root washed and present.

The criteria, in order of importance, judged for each entry are:
Condition - Uniformity - Size - Colour.

Rhubarb

vegetables
Rhubarb is an ideal class for show novices
by just following a few simple steps.

Check the schedule for the stipulated number of sticks.

To maintain freshness harvest early on show day.
Take extra care when pulling to avoid damage
to the lower bud and upper foliage.

Don't automatically pick the biggest.
Select the best identical sized, straight, long and tender,
with no blemishes or rubbing scars.

Important: Carefully cut the top foliage leaving
75mm from the start of the leaf stalks.
Lightly trim off any discoloured lower bud scales.
Wipe clean and wrap in damp cloth to take to the show.

Complete the variety card and place with your entry card
alongside your Rhubarb on the show bench.

Spinach, Spinach Beet and Chard

spinach
Use large, fresh, thick, undamaged coloured leaves and stalks.
Mixed colours are permitted if from a mixed variety.
To maintain turgidity harvest early on show day.
Take extra care when picking to keep pristine.
Check the schedule for the stipulated number required.
Pick extras as reserves in case of damage in transit.

Wipe clean and wrap in damp cloth to take to the show.
Display for effect in a vase, with water.
Complete the variety card and place with your entry card,
alongside your display on the show bench.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
Elements to take into consideration when selecting
your tomatoes for showing are:.
Check the schedule for the stipulated number and type.
To maintain freshness harvest early on show day.
Take extra care when picking to keep the stalk attached.

Don't automatically pick the biggest.
Select the best idential shape, size and colour for cultivar.
Fruit firm set, neither overripe nor under developed,
with no blemishes or rubbing scars.

Wipe clean and wrap in damp cloth to take to the show.
Stage on a plate with the calyx / stork uppermost.
Complete the variety card and place with your entry card
alongside your display on the show bench.

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