Below is the same plant which was cut back hard a few days after the show, the cutting above was taken from it after it came back into growth. It has since had 2 stops, the most recent was 2 weeks before Xmas 2008. To give you an idea of the size of the plant the carpet is 28" wide. It is now 27 months and the picture shows it after the latest stop, it has another 6 months before PAGS National 2009.
The last stop will be made 12 weeks before the show, and most growing tips will be stopped at 3 sets of leaves. All growing tips, even the ones with 1 or 2 sets of leaves will have the growing tip removed.
I have found that if it is not done this way, they will come into flower too soon and leave a gap.
THE SAME PLANT CUT BACK AFTER SHOW.