Plant Database forum: Pests and Disease field

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 14, 2011 1:27 PM CST
Would it be possible to have a Pest and Disease field in the database entries?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 14, 2011 1:31 PM CST

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I'm definitely open to discussion about it, but I'm not sure a generic "Pests and Disease" field would work because there are so many different pests out there.

To say a plant is "pest resistant" isn't extremely useful.

One pest (deer) is covered under the Miscellaneous field.
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threegardeners
Oct 14, 2011 1:49 PM CST
How about a Pest title and a what do you call those boxes we can enter info into if the plant is susceptible to a certain pest?

I know it would be nice to know if a plant has a greater chance of catching bugs. Hoyas are fierce for getting mealy bugs, Ivies are nasty for spider mites, etc.


Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 14, 2011 2:01 PM CST
I agree
How about if it is added to the plant specific area at the bottom of the field entries?

There isn't a lot that bothers the hardy succulents, but are a few that people should know to watch for and what they look like.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 15, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Any one have an opinion about adding this to the database? Smiling
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Oct 15, 2011 6:34 PM CST

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I'm not sure, Lynn. All of those pests and diseases depend on your location, don't they? I know that in the case of roses, I'd have to say that everything in my garden gets black spot, but Skiekitty can grow the same roses in Colorado and never see a bit of black spot. Same thing with pests. I don't have Japanese beetles, but lots of other people do, so do we mark every single rose susceptible to black spot and Japanese beetles?

I'd like to see some paragraphs on the pests and diseases likely to attack a specific plant on the general page for that genus, but not on each cultivar page.
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dave
Oct 15, 2011 7:31 PM CST

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zuzu said:I'd like to see some paragraphs on the pests and diseases likely to attack a specific plant on the general page for that genus, but not on each cultivar page.


This is an excellent thought. Lynn, maybe when you see how the new parent plant feature will work, you'll see that this satisfies completely your pest/disease request?
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 15, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Makes sense. I agree it would be better in a paragraph form than some that is just checked off Thumbs up

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