Daylilies forum: How do you document scapes and budcount?

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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jul 17, 2019 12:42 PM CST
Darn! I meant to title this: How do you document scapes and budcount? Oh well.

I try to keep track of scapes / branching / budcount in an effort to support decisions in the fall regarding which daylilies stay or leave my garden. At this time of year, I'm cutting scapes and counting. And looking for rebloom.

Last evening, we turned the TV off early and I was diddling with my laptop. I pulled up Excel and tried to develop a form that would help me document these tasks. With some thought, a somewhat intimidating form developed. In the early morning as I was waking up, I thought .... simplify this and it will work. I did and it does.

Using it this morning I collected 21 scapes and documented the statistics from each. It took 15 minutes instead of 30-45 minutes. SUCCESS!!

What do you do? Can I help? My Excell form has columns for Cultivar / date and then 3 columns that provide spaces to input height, branching and budcount.

This is an idea of what it is I developed. First line is headings and after Date is data input zones. First input is scape height. Second is # of branches ( like 2 way branching) and last is a space to enter budcount.

Cultivar Height/branches/bc
Date
___"X__wX____bc
___"X__wX____bc

What do you think???

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Name: Sue
Vermont (Zone 5a)
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SueVT
Jul 17, 2019 12:58 PM CST
That looks good, Arlene. May I ask, what do you intend to do with the information?

I ask because when I was buying seed last fall on the LA, I made an Excel sheet to contain information about the crosses, date purchased, current location, etc. That's my "main" database (Excel really isn't a database, but whatever) for my plants. What I like about Excel is how quickly you can customize and add data.

I intended to keep track of everything there, and to be able to add more columns as needed. I use certain information to create labels for the plants. I am also going to create a sort of map of where each plant is in the seedling beds.

I will add height, branching and bud count columns for sure!
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jul 17, 2019 1:23 PM CST
I had no intention of doing anything with it, until I found it was very useful and saved time. That's all. I'm going to be using it everyday after rebloom. It's so beastly hot outside that I'm looking for ways to minimize my time in the garden! Never, ever thought I'd say that!!
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 17, 2019 4:02 PM CST
Arlene, I do something similar when I take field notes. I use my phone (Notes program on an IPhone) and record
Name, height, branches+terminal whatever, and bud count, so my entry looks like

FDCL x PS, 35", 1+v, 16bc
Smuggler's Gold, 24", 2+v, 28bc

Some of it looks like an algebra problem... D'Oh!
2+v=28bc. Solve Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
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florange
Jul 17, 2019 4:29 PM CST
Diana, I understand. I had issues with abbreviations because they look useless! I log this information into a notebook that has a page assigned to each daylily. It helps to have the info legible.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Jul 18, 2019 4:45 AM CST
Diana you might want to buy the app Plant Album for your iPhone. I've been using it this season & it's great!

You create an entry for each cultivar & can add a couple of pictures. Then you can add logs. I have logs for each plant for branching, flowering, bloom size, etc.

What's neat is you can then search the logs for any variable. It just makes keeping records so much easier. I used to use Notes too but trust me, Plant Album is better. You should check it out.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 21, 2019 4:53 PM CST
Elena : ) . I have Plant Album... I might have been the one to introduce it to the forum...
I do my rough notes on my phone since I can type faster on it than I can in Plant Album. I transfer the data later (great excuse to get into the A/C!) when it's too hot to be outside melting...
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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bxncbx
Jul 21, 2019 9:01 PM CST
I'm an idiot! Yes, you were the one that told me about Plant Album. D'Oh!

I'm really loving it. I feel guilty when I don't take measurements because it's too hot or I don't have time. Seeing the logs right there always nudges me to try and do a bit more. I've done better recording this year because of it.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 22, 2019 4:48 PM CST
Elena : ) The heat is melting all of our brains.

I really like it too! I have also been way better about entering data this year. I need a newer tablet though- mine is sooo slllooowww to load that it's too annoying to stand out and record data when the flies and skeeters are eating me alive.
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