How to Judge Cacti & Succulents



How does the plant look? Is it grown to resemble how the plant would look in nature? Is it free from mechanical damage like lost spines, sunburn, and scarring? Is there any evidence of a previous infestation of a pest or disease? Does the plant look healthy, e.g. blooming fruiting, putting on healthy growth?


How rare is the plant? Is it commonly seen in cultivation, or is it something rarely encountered?


Is this genus/species difficult to grow? Has the exhibit been grown to suit this difficulty?


Preparation of plant. Is the plant clean and free of debris? How does the selection of the pot, top dressing, and presentation compliment or take way form the plant?


Is the size correct for it's genus/species and its maturity? Does it show a lack of growth or does it display accelerated growth?


Accurate identification of genus, species (and subspecies / variety if applicable) written on the entry card. If note card with extra information is provided, is the information correct?


How old is the plant, and how mature is it?

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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