@Julie, You're right, most growers show their plants with much fewer leaves, and they still get big awards. I just really like the look of a beefy, mature plant. But, if push comes to shove, and that gap doesn't fill in, I'm going to have to strip another row off and do another transplanting to get the neck back down. Hopefully it will make it to Natl. Thanks so much for your feedback. Will you be showing?