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Jul 6, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Paul
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Sometimes I use google to establish or confirm a plant ID. What has been your experience? Do you consider it a reliable source of info?
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Jul 6, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Not really. Often the first few photos they show are correct but then it's "anything goes" so I rely heavily on the ATP database.
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Jul 6, 2015 9:51 AM CST

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Google itself doesn't give you info, but directs you to sources of info. As such I have had better results confirming (or not) an already assumed identification than identifying something from scratch.
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Jul 6, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I don't use google as a first source but rather to confirm. If I take a picture of a plant with a name tag and do not find in in the ATP data base I google to see if info comes up that supports the ID on the tag. If that happens then I request it be added to the data base.
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Jul 6, 2015 10:30 AM CST
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Google can be very helpful since it searches to many different sites. Many (most?) of those sites out there can't really by relied on, though. Google is a good starting place but for rock solid confirmation you have to go into the specialized sites that are dedicated to accuracy.
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Jul 6, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Name: woofie
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A lot depends on the reliability of the site that the google search brings up. University extensions are generally reliable, plant vendors not so much. I use google a lot when looking for growing information for unfamiliar plants and the variation in information is rather amazing.

Edited to add: Yeah, what Dave said. Smiling
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Jul 6, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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It's especially important/critical for colors. We can be 100% certain that no vendor or supplier of stock photos would ever play with colors, right?
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Jul 13, 2015 11:53 PM CST
Name: Celia
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I do my searches by clicking on many sites. If the consensus matches what I'm looking for, I will compare with ATP. This is my base source. ATP will help me confirm or deny an ID. Relying on many different sources is, for me, the best way to find what I'm looking for.
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Jul 15, 2015 1:16 PM CST
Name: tarev
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It is a reliable source of various links you can further read and compare to validate what you are looking for. I like it when it is able to lead me to a site that shows photos and info of a location where a plant is endemic, helps me understand better the needs of a plant. Our growing conditions here in the US is different, so getting more info from a different source and perspective helps, and google has a lot of those links.
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Jul 16, 2015 9:01 AM CST
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and then you can bring that info back here @tarev and add the details to the database entry! nodding Thumbs up
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Jul 16, 2015 12:12 PM CST
Name: greene
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Google and Google Images is a good starting point.
Google can lead to sites where someone or some company is trying to sell a plant. It can also lead to links for educated people who have written scientific papers about certain plants. I would be wary of the sellers with the pretty photos who want our money. It's better to wade slowly and tediously through the scientific jargon to get to the facts. (Just my opinion.)
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Jul 16, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: Deb
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Or any internet search engine. I rarely use Google, mainly because of the childish name and also their dominance (I refuse to use their name as a verb...)
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