The support for a Rose in an exhibition stand is usually in two parts, a cup and a tube, the former open at the bottom, the latter closed, and holding water. The cup being of slightly smaller diameter than the tube, fits in it, and may be pulled up, or pressed down, as required. Both are of zinc.
The ordinary cup-and-tube combination is usually 4 1/2 inches long and 2 inches wide at the top. It is cheap and handy, but there are several improved forms on the market, which, though costing rather more, are desirable, because they are steadier than the simple old form, and enable the flowers to be adjusted to a greater nicety.
Foster's cup and tube (see K, Fig. 41) find favour with many exhibitors. A coiled wire support is provided, which may be pressed into the cup, higher or lower as required, cannot slip, and holds the flower firmly.
Beckett's cup is also fitted with a coil wire support. It is an excellent article.
Springthorpe's cup - and - tube device is very popular. It has a side spring to hold the bloom.
In Tidy's tube the arrangement is telescopic, and a small side screw holds the tube when raised or lowered to the desired height.
There is not a great deal to choose between these devices. Some exhibitors like one, and some another. They can be procured, as a rule, from florists and seedsmen, or from horticultural sundriesmen advertising in the gardening papers.