4-H Horticulture & Plant Science
Premiums- $3 - $2 - $1
1. Entries will be limited to one project per class from each county. Examples of acceptable exhibits are listed below. Plants, photographs or other visual aids are necessary for most projects. The class will be governed by the following:
a. Exhibits will be judged on the quality of the primary
(horticulture) project work.
b. All plants exhibited MUST have been grown by the
4-Hers for at least 6 months. Exceptions will be made
with terrariums, dish gardens and annual and vegetable
bucket gardens which may have been grown for a
shorter period of time.
c. Items improperly entered will be disqualified.
d. Exhibits entered with pesticide residue will be dis-
qualified and disposed of.
e. Care will be provided for all plants. However,
because of low light, air conditioning, etc., no guaran
tee can be made that the plants will be returned in their
original condition. Plants are entered at the risk of the
f. Vegetable entries should be fresh, with the label on
top of exhibit. Do not stick toothpicks in produce.
Securely attach the 4-H Identification Card to the
exhibit in a location which can be seen by the public on
ce the item is placed or displayed. Attach neatly with
tape; punch a hole in the corner of the ID tag and attach
with a string or rubber band; or attach card to a floral
pick and insert in the pot.
Youth should NOT use garden soil in containers. Use well-drained, disease-free potting soil for all containers.
561 Environmental Awareness (Such as but not limited to:) A one page description of project must accompany entry item (typed or printed neatly) to be eligible for entry.
A. Tree planting on city property, roadways, parks, etc.
B. Home landscaping
562 Production and Marketing (such as but not limited to:)
A. Vegetable garden planted for home and/or market
B. The planting, production, or management of fruit
C. The planting, production, or management of trees,
shrubs, greenhouse crops or garden perennials.
563 Experimental Horticulture (such as, but not limited to:) A one page description of project must accompany entry item (typed or printed neatly) to be eligible for entry.
A. "Science Fair" type of exhibit involving experimen-
tal work with plants
B. Comparison of different varieties of vegetables or
C. Comparison of mulching or other cultural practices
564 Horticultural Project Exhibits (such as, but not limited to:) A one page description of project must accompany entry item (typed or printed neatly) to be eligible for entry.
A. How to propagate plants
B. How to force spring bulbs
C. How to start seeds
D. How to graft cacti
E. How to dry herbs
Plant Display: Youth should NOT use garden soil in containers. Use well-drained, disease-free potting soil for all containers.
566 Dish gardens (desert or tropical)
567 Vegetable container gardens (grown in container - not dug out of the garden)
568 Annual container gardens -(non vegetable)
569 House plants
570 Hanging baskets
Garden and/or Orchard Displays
571 The exhibitor may exhibit as many different fruits and/or vegetables from their garden as desired. Any size or type (minimum of five types) of produce may be displayed in the 2'x3' area provided for each exhibit. The exhibit must be in a display container (box or basket) which can be easily moved. Vegetables will not be returned to exhibitor. They will be judged as follows:
Quality of Produce 40%
Attractiveness of Container 30%
Uniformity and true-to-type ness 10%
Number of different types 15%
4-H'ers may also exhibit plates of vegetables. A white paper plate for vegetables must be supplied by the exhibitor. These vegetables will not be returned to the exhibitor. Classes of vegetables will be limited to:
572 Tomato (5 per plate) Must be ripe (red or yellow color only)
573 Peppers, hot, bell, or sweet (5 per plate)
574 Cucumbers, slicing (5 per plate), pickling (5 per plate)
575 Beans, snap or lima (12 per plate)
576 Corn, sweet (in the husk with silks) (5 ears per plate)
577 Cantaloupe (1 whole), halved
They will be judged as follows:
True-To Type 20%
Consult Exhibiting and Judging Vegetables (4BC-08PO) to learn the characteristics of these criteria.
The largest vegetable may not be the highest quality, nevertheless, it is unique. The largest entry in each of the following classes will receive a class champion ribbon.
578 Largest Tomato (by weight) Must be ripe (red or yellow color only)
579 Largest Cabbage (by weight)
580 Largest Pumpkin (by weight)
581 Largest Watermelon (by weight)