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Re: AIS: registration, out of class

I'm glad I'm not a judge!  Plants and animals have genetic codes built into
them.  Their potential for expressing those codes are affected by outside
factors, in this case growing conditions.  It sounds as if both BATIK and
CITY LIGHTS got conditions that allowed them to express something toward
their full potential.  That it put them beyond standard indicates the usual
conditions they grow under don't allow them to reach that potential.  To
mark them down in a show seems odd to me.  They actually are being
downgraded for doing their best, and rewarded when growing conditions put
limits on what they can do naturally.  Show cattle come to mind.  Pampered
and fed to reach as close to the full potential of their inherent
capabilities, they look much different after being turned into range cattle.
Still fine, but very much different.  Only in these cases it sounds like it
might be working in reverse.  Any seedling I grow under my conditions is not
likely to ever have an accurate evaluation of what it might do in other
places.  TBs so seldom reach registered heights, those that do are special
and usually only do it occasionally.  If they just stretch toward the reg
height consistantly, I think they're doing well.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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