Roses forum: Rose/Plant Data Keeping System

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leahpc
Jan 24, 2019 12:03 PM CST
What are some of the systems you use to keep track of your roses, plants and garden?
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Jan 24, 2019 3:26 PM CST
There is no cookie cutter approach in storing plant data. However, if you could explain the objective a bit in detail, I believe you may have better chances of getting responses to your query. For instance, I am working on renovating my backyard into a formal rose garden. I keep track of plants that I have (with respect to height, width, and color of the rose) growing in the grow bags, and the ones that are in the containers in an Excel spreadsheet. I refer to this every time I plan on making a future purchase(s), which roses would do well in a container, which will do well in ground, rose color coordination, etc. Again, what works for me might not work for others. I am curious to see how others are keeping track of their roses through apps, if any.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 24, 2019 4:19 PM CST

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I keep a list of my roses on Helpmefind.com and a list of all of my plants here on the NGA site. I also have maps of all parts of my garden to keep track of the names of my plants.
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vaporvac
Jan 24, 2019 9:35 PM CST
I do what is Zuzu does except for the NGA list. I guess I should do that. I also keep notebooks and have mine from well before the internet. It's so much fun to look back and see everything that I've grown and what made it in but I still have and how much money I spent on so many failures! But it was worth it just for the experience of seeing some of these plants. This time around though I'm applying some of that experience and hope I don't have so many disasters. I also have a little book where I keep every Nursery I come across that has roses, and people with whom I've exchanged cuttings Etc. I should do an Excel sheet as it would make it easier to look up specific features.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Jan 24, 2019 10:36 PM CST
I just have a little book. And I use a pen. Hilarious!

Shyam - that's incredible!!
Name: Arturo Tarak
Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentin (Zone 8a)
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hampartsum
Jan 25, 2019 9:35 AM CST
How interesting! Well, I have quite a few different resources:
1. Excel spread sheet that has various tabs:
1.a. Rose listing ( apart from my listing at HMF plus here at NGA). My own rose listing is the first I update, because it includes noids ( misnomers, found noids, noids given as gifts etc.), duplicates or other multiples. I also register losses, their dates and causes.
1.b A garden lay out map where numbered indidual bushes are placed
1.c. A rose care spread sheet that is renovated each growing season ( at present 2018/19) where I register, first bloom date, fertilizing, extra flush dates, disease treatment, or extra growth boost treatment.
2. A One Note quite extensive record where I place pics of roses that I have plus relevant information that I copy from Internet sources. This is my study notebook. It also contains what is available where: wish lists for my local nurseries and drool over lists, from the large international breeders. I harbour the hope that some day I might get to import them. (At least I anticipated the necessary prior research... *Blush* and thus consolidating my ever expanding recognition of how much knowledge I still lack of roses and breeders). This OneNote doc is organized by classes and cultivars I grow, or would like to grow and I keep adding imformation of growth and performance with which I register what is aplicable to my growing conditions in my yard. This is where I draw information to upload to HMF or here NGA.
I also keep printed books or catalogs handy to peruse thru if I get into an armchair gardening mood, usually during the short cold drab gray days of winter. Big Grin
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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Jan 25, 2019 10:16 AM CST
My "system" consists of hundreds of post-it's and pieces of paper and plant labels with notes scribbled on them...all of which are attached to the front of cupboards in my garage ! lol
Amazingly, I know where everything is and where to look if/when I need to refer to anything.
I'm the furthest thing from computer savvy as anyone can get.
Name: Teri
Western WA (Zone 8a)
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DiluteCalico
Jan 25, 2019 12:10 PM CST
Rose_Guy1127 said:There is no cookie cutter approach in storing plant data. However, if you could explain the objective a bit in detail, I believe you may have better chances of getting responses to your query. For instance, I am working on renovating my backyard into a formal rose garden. I keep track of plants that I have (with respect to height, width, and color of the rose) growing in the grow bags, and the ones that are in the containers in an Excel spreadsheet. I refer to this every time I plan on making a future purchase(s), which roses would do well in a container, which will do well in ground, rose color coordination, etc. Again, what works for me might not work for others. I am curious to see how others are keeping track of their roses through apps, if any.
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I had been contemplating a spreadsheet also, as my garden continues to grow, but I was coming up blank on ideas as to how to include more specific information because I also have some in the ground and some in containers, and also wanted to include more specific information such as which vendors I obtained them from, whether they were grafted or own root, arrived potted or bare root. Thanks, this helps.

And may I congratulate you on how many roses you've managed to fit into a San Francisco garden. Hurray! Having previously lived in the bay area, growing space was definitely a limiting factor for me there. Grumbling
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Jan 25, 2019 1:13 PM CST
Mike - I love it!!! Thumbs up
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 26, 2019 6:49 PM CST
I have a spreadsheet in Excel. I list the name of the rose, which bed it's in, classification, breeder, date of introduction, color, price and where and when I purchased it. I needed to know the intro date and class because I was exhibiting at the time but you might not want all that info.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 11, 2019 7:44 PM CST

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I keep my list like Zuzu, here, where it's easy to add notes:
https://garden.org/lists/view/...

and also on HMF.
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Mustbnuts
Feb 11, 2019 8:25 PM CST
Wow! I definitely need to step up my game! These are all fantastic and wonderful resources for you. Great examples. Thank you for posting them.

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