Daylilies forum: Is PlantStep program still the favorite?

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Name: joann
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wickedelph
Jul 29, 2013 11:40 AM CST
I want to better organize my plants and garden and came across some posts about the PlantStep software. Is that still the favorite software for most?

I checked out their website and videos and it looks pretty nice, but I'm left wondering about the garden mapping since I couldn't find a good example of the garden map features available. I really want something to map out my gardens to keep track of where my plants are. Can anyone post a picture of a garden map example?

Another feature I really want is to be able to keep track of a forward looking schedule of garden tasks with reminders. Can you do that in PlantStep or are you only able to note when you did a garden task after the fact?

Thanks so much for any advice!
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Jul 29, 2013 4:32 PM CST
I just started using PlantStep this year. As a geek, there are some things I'd like them to change, but nothing big enough to seriously bother me.

The Garden Map is really just a report by bed, where you can assign numbers or letters to each row in the bed. For instance, bed 3, row 1, plant #4. That kind of thing.

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fiwit
Jul 29, 2013 4:34 PM CST
My personal fave feature is the ability to save the reports as Excel spreadsheets, after which I can manipulate the data any way I want to with custom sorts.
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Name: joann
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wickedelph
Jul 31, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Thanks, @fiwit!
That's what I thought they meant by garden map. I was really hoping to be able to sketch out a diagram with each plant being linked to its database record. Still sounds useful, though.
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fiwit
Jul 31, 2013 3:09 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Export the daylily report to MS-Excel, and do it that way. it's still way easier than typing everything in by hand
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dormantsrule
Oct 31, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Is PlantStep available for a MAC?
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tink3472
Oct 31, 2013 2:05 PM CST
This is what it says on their website about MAC

"Some Macs can run Windows programs using a Windows emulator like Parallels"
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dormantsrule
Oct 31, 2013 2:24 PM CST
tink3472 said:This is what it says on their website about MAC

"Some Macs can run Windows programs using a Windows emulator like Parallels"


Thanks much!!!.
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Name: Debra
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shive1
Mar 9, 2014 10:43 AM CST
If you haven't heard about Plantstep software for keeping track of your daylilies and making a catalog, you might want to check it out. This software makes it a breeze to quickly put together a database and add pictures. You just click on the cultivars you have, and the program automatically adds all the stats for you. And with the one-time cost of the program, you can post your catalog online. The Plantstep catalog is a great place to shop for reasonably priced daylilies too. There are several members of ATP who have catalogs on there.

The link to my new catalog is below.

MissMimie
Mar 9, 2014 11:32 AM CST
I've known about the PlantStep catalogs for a few years but the thing that annoys me year after year is the Sellers who post their pictures of daylilies and then list the plants as 'Display Only' or 'Contact Us For Price'.

Why go to the trouble of paying for a site and posting publicly visible photos of the plants you grow if you aren't going to sell or trade them? And why not display your selling price if the goal is to sell the plant? Why not just do a blog if all you're going to do is display the plants?

I've often wondered about all this. If anyone knows the answers to some of these questions, I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks. ;)
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Name: Debra
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shive1
Mar 9, 2014 1:48 PM CST
Billie - I think some people don't update their Plantstep catalogs very often but may be open to selling or trading some. It doesn't hurt to email someone if you see something you like. I just posted online the ones I have to sell this spring, and I mark them display as they are sold. I have more in my overall database catalog, but if I don't checkmark them as internet, they don't go in the internet catalog. I think others just like to have all their daylilies posted online so their daylily friends can see what they have as a point of conversation.

Debra
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daylilydreams
Mar 9, 2014 1:51 PM CST
Billie I would advise you to contact the person listing and ask them your questions. I do know that many gardens not just on plantsteps list plants for display when they do not have enough of the plant to sell and are waiting on increase. I think it makes it easier for them when there is enough increase for the plant to make a change listing the price. These are just my opinions as I do not sell daylilies.
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MissMimie
Mar 9, 2014 1:52 PM CST
Debra, I looked at your catalog -and you had a fine list of plants! ;)
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Name: Debra
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shive1
Mar 9, 2014 9:37 PM CST
Billie - I think most of the catalog owners who've updated since the beginning of the year have prices listed. Some like Nikki Schmith did have prices, but sold out quickly because so many people read her blog (A Girl and Her Garden) and knew she had updated.

Debra
Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Mar 10, 2014 2:52 PM CST
Billie, I'm one that has posted my list of daylilies there but have everything marked as Display. It's free to post your list when you have the flower program and I wanted it there for future trades. Eventually, I'd like to start selling as well, but because of health issues haven't started that yet. Not sure why others would do it that way, but that's my reason.

Joy
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MissMimie
Mar 10, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Besides PlantStep -do any of you do a blog like Nikki Schmith?
Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 11, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Joy, good to see you. Praying that you get up to snuff before the season begins. Take it easy in the mean time.
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Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Mar 11, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Thank you Mike. Smiling
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