Floriculture CDE

Floriculture CDE
Ms. Cunniff
Ms. Parker
What is Floriculture?
• Knowledge and skills:
• Competition:
– Arranging
– Plant identification
– Propagation
– Arrangement
– Merchandising
– Problem solving
– Preparation
• 3-4 team members
• One team from each
FFA chapter
• Under no circumstances • Observers are not
can a student touch or
permitted in the event
handle the plant
area while the event is in
• Pencils, pens and
calculators are not
• The horticulture scan
sheet will be used for
this CDE
• No allowance will be
made for
• Location: Sam Houston
State University
• District level:
– 20 specimens for
identification 50 min
– 50 questions for
knowledge 30 min
– Additional phases
State level (Texas):
– Plant identification
500 points
– Placing classes
300 points
– General knowledge
100 points
Individual possible …………. 900 points
Team possible …………………. 2,700 points
State Plant Identification
• 50 species of the 100 listed identified by scientific
and common names
• Specimen can consist of any part of the plant
• Each plant is numbered and students bubble in the
number next to the name on the sheet
• 10 points for every correct plant
• 50 minutes for this section
State Plant Classes
6 Classes are selected
Blooming Container
Foliage Container
floral design
• All plants are in the same species or cultivar
• Some classes only contain cut flowers or greenery or
container plants
• 4 items per class
• 5 min. to judge each class. 30 min. total
• 50 points per class
Line Flowers
• Snapdragon- Antirrhinum majus cv.
• Gladiolus- Gladioolus x hortulanus cv.
• Liatris- Liatris spicata
• Stock- Matthiols incana
Form Flowers
• Anthurium- Anthurium andraeanum
• Gerbera- Gerbera jamesonii
• Stargazer lily- Lilium cv. ‘Stargazer’
• Rose- rosa cv.
Mass Flowers
• Cushion (pompom) ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum moorifolium cv.
• Daisy Chrysanthemum- Chrysanthemum
morifolium cv.
• Standard carnation- Dianthus caryophyllus cv.
• Freesia- freesia x hybrida
Blooming Container flowers
• Kalaanchoe- Kalanchoe blossfeldiana cv.
• Geranium- Pelargonium x Hortorum cv.
• Azalea- Rhododendron cv.
• African Violet- Saintpaulia ionantha cv.
• Gloxinia- Sinningia speciosa
Foliage Container Flowers
• Jade plant- Crassula argentea
• Golden pothos, devil’s ivy- Epipremnum aureum
• Benjaman fig, weeping fig- Ficus Benjaminia
• Rubber tree- ficus elasticaa ‘Decora’
• Boston fern- Nephrolepis exaltata ev.
Floral Design
• Symmetrical Triangle
• Asymmetrical triangle
• Crescent
• Round
State General Knowledge
• 50 multiple choice questions from databank
on IMS website
• 30 minutes for exam
• 2 points per question
State Awards
1. Team with the highest score in the
identification section
2. Team with the highest score in floral design
3. Team with the highest score on the
If tied, advisors will match for the high award
Student hat off, teacher hat on
Notes from: Becky DeShazo
CDE Floriculture Texas “expert”
Teachers who train this team seem to work together.
The test bank is on the Texas FFA web page CDE page.
To be competitive, the students must get every question right.
While the questions don't change, the order of the answers do.
We are always on the look out for a plant that is a little different
from the one we know.
– Example, wandering jew is green and purple but occasionally you
can find one that is green with no purple.
Good References
• Printed Materials
– Horticultural Plant Production, IMS #362
– Floral Design and Interior Landscape Development,
IMS #363
• Computer software
– Horticopia A to Z (CD-ROM)
• Online
– Interiorscape Plants Database:
• Other
– A manual for flower judging. (1998). Call to order
Notes from: Becky DeShazo
CDE Floriculture Texas “expert”
• If you are fortunate enough to make it to the
national contest, take a deep breath because it
has very little in common with our state contest.
• To be competitive there, students HAVE to be
able to:
– make designs
– study lots of materials
– etc.

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