Site Talk forum: Having problems with the search engine in plant data base

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 9, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I need help on using the data base, it seems when I am wanting to expand my search I am actually narrowing it.
For example when I search for daylilies with an early blooming period I pull up the max number of matches. When I select early and midseason periods I only pull up nine matches. This is just a an example, I make it very simple to illustrate the point. Is there a tutorial somewhere?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Feb 9, 2014 6:53 PM CST
I'm guessing that what is happening is that instead of including plants from both categories, what is happening is that you're getting matches than include BOTH categories. To use your example, you're only bringing up daylilies that bloom both early and midseason. Does that make sense?
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 9, 2014 7:05 PM CST
Ok, yes I had thought of that, but hoped that was not how it worked. Now, why when I do a search with just blossom size I am only pulling up 1 item. I tried 2-3, got one match. I thought maybe daylilies don't often have blooms that small, tried again 3-4, got one match, etc. Went back and cleared my search and tried again, same thing.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 9, 2014 7:18 PM CST
Must have done something wrong, I thought I was in the daylily search, but must have been in the all plants search. Forgive my error please.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Feb 9, 2014 7:23 PM CST
I've had the same sort of confusion when trying to search the roses database. I'm not sure if we have the option of including all results that include any of the criteria instead of all the criteria. But I could be wrong. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Feb 9, 2014 8:09 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

There is no tutorial per se but we've explored making one in the past.

The Search By Characteristics is a "all must match" search. So if you check off multiple options then it will only show you plants that have ALL the options checked off.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 9, 2014 10:08 PM CST
Thanks Dave, that helps.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 9, 2014 10:36 PM CST
Most Daylilies do not have a rating for rust, (resistant or not). So am I right in assuming that if there is not an entry for rust resistance that daylily is automatically kicked out of the search, if I entered that in my query.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Feb 10, 2014 7:40 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Yes, you're understanding it correctly. Thumbs up
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 10, 2014 7:44 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks again.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 10, 2014 7:45 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I tip my hat to you.

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