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Horticulture Awards Program

[Editor’s note: This is a very old HAP description that I recopied circa 1995 from materials that were clearly dating back to the 1980’s or even earlier. The HAP chair gets to adjust and modernize rules at their discretion, so these old rules may not accurately represent what is used today. -- EO]

Cryptocoryne usteriana, emergent spathe. Good for 25 points!


  1. A doubling of the original amount of plant material is necessary to receive credit for reproducing bunch plants or floating plants.
  2. The reproduction of one separate plant is sufficient in the case of plants that produce runners (like Amazon swords).
  3. Plants produced sexually must be large enough to identify as the same as the parent plant.
  4. Ferns and plants reproduced by rhizome division (such as Anubias) must be free of the parent plant and at least 1/4 the size of the parent plant.
  5. Propagation by seed points will be awarded in addition to points awarded for flowering.
  6. Points for flowering of plants may be awarded for either submerged or emersed specimens.

Additional Criteria

  1. Points are awarded for only two reproductions of each species.
  2. Seeds must have been propagated from the breeder’s own plants.
  3. Reports are submitted electronically here.
  4. The aquarist must be a member in good standing (dues paid) of the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society.
  5. All participants are encouraged to give a short oral report of the details involved in propagation of plants that have been submitted for points. An article to be published in the monthly bulletin would be greatly appreciated for any plants, especially in class D or E.
  6. Propagations and/or tanks should be witnessed by a GSAS member. A photograph is an acceptable alternative.


A certificate will be awarded to recognize your accomplishments at the following levels:

Novice Plant Breeder
50 points, any class
Aquatic Horticulturist
100 points, max 50 in class A
Advanced Aquatic Horticulturist
200 points, at least one in class C,E
Expert Aquatic Horticulturist
300 points, oral or written report
Master Aquatic Horticulturist
400 points, write at least one report for the bulletin and present a program at a general meeting

Point Classification for Plant Species

Class A --- 5 points

Class B --- 10 points

Class C --- 15 points

Class D --- 25 points

CLASS E --- special, 25 points