Daylilies forum: How do you keep a record of seedlings and their images?

Views: 787, Replies: 7 » Jump to the end
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Jun 11, 2017 5:15 PM CST
First time seedling grower here.

To date, I have 100 scapes showing up in my seedling bed. Wondering how all you out there keep track (year after year) of images and crosses. What program do you use?

I have Plant Step but it seems a little awkward to use. I'll keep trying. Wondering if excel or even Word may be better.

Any suggestions are welcome.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Spiders! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 11, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Umm, I have a whopping 3 scapes from seedlings up but I use Excel/Numbers. I can record all the data I want and add pictures. If you already have either program I'd try using them before investing money in another program. But I'm pretty sure other people have used PlantStep for seedlings and love it.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 12, 2017 7:03 PM CST
I bought some program or other a few years ago, specifically because many people recommended it for keeping track of their daylilies, including seedlings. I don't remember which it was, but I must have hated it because I pretty quickly stopped using it!

I track the seedling beds as a whole in Excel. I track their bloom periods, insert a small 1" image of each bloom, and make a few short notes (foliage traits, opens well (or not), polys (or not), color is good (or not), rust (or not), maybe a general good/poor/bad budcount & branching evaluation). This is enough to give me an overview of the seedlings for the season, and also helps to observe trends (when I use one particular parent with different mates).

If I want to compare the looks and stats of seedlings in a particular cross, I create an HTML file that first contains the images and data for the parents and notes pertinent to the cross as a whole (how many seedlings, maybe a written rationale as to what I was trying to achieve with the cross if it wasn't obvious), then I put in images for all of the seedlings in that cross (with their basic stats). The images are arranged in a table of rows, with three images per row - this makes it easy to compare the seedlings as to looks. (I rarely have more than 10-12 seedlings from any one cross. In that event, I can just make the images a bit smaller and put more images per row.) The disposition of each seedling ("keep for another look" or "toss" (and why)) is recorded here.

For more detailed information on particular seedlings (generally done only if I am going to keep the seedling for a while), I create a MS-WORD file with a few images of the seedlings (to show variability of bloom) and put any notes there.

Seedling record keeping is a lot of work no matter how you do it. If you already have software programs available that you are comfortable using, and that you can insert images into, it may not be necessary to invest $ into a specialized program - particularly if you have few seedlings to begin with, or have other uses for said $.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Jun 12, 2017 11:49 PM CST
I'm going to ponder your suggestions and play with it in Excel since I like working in Excel.

I've played a little more in PlantStep. I have figured out how to add the crosses into the program but it just seems there is some difficulty (for me) remembering how to get from one place to another. Still going to give it another chance too.

It's not that I plan to sell any of these "creations" but I do actually enjoy the record keeping of the whole operation. Too bad I planted so close. The confusion of that, if anything, may put a wrench into the works. The good thing is, I buried a lot of the tags with names in the ground when I planted. That should help. Plus I do have a chart showing what is in each row. will be a challenge. But a FUN one !!! Hurray!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Region: Alabama
Oct 30, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Just wondering how your progress keeping track of your seedlings in PlantStep has worked out?
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
Oct 30, 2017 3:43 PM CST
petruske said: ...Too bad I planted so close. The confusion of that, if anything, may put a wrench into the works. The good thing is, I buried a lot of the tags with names in the ground when I planted.

One good technique passed on to me by an old-school hybridizer is to keep a heavy stainless steel kitchen knife in the garden. When a seedling blooms that you don't want, vertically cut a 3" to 4" plug of soil around the crown and remove it. Serrated knives are really good for this.

Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Oct 30, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Seedfork said:@petruske,
Just wondering how your progress keeping track of your seedlings in PlantStep has worked out?

I have not done much with the seedlings in PlantStep. I started to, but it just seems a little awkward to me. Too many steps to enter, I lose track what I'm doing. Maybe sometime I'll give it another try. If I figure it out, I know I'll have to make notes so if I go into at a later time I'd have to follow notes (because I would have forgotten). Not that I'm that forgetful *Blush* but just doesn't seem to be user friendly. I found it easy to enter the daylilies that I have. I love that part of the software.

Name: Ina Novodvorsky
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canad (Zone 5a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dragonflies Composter Region: Canadian Organic Gardener Daylilies
Irises Hibiscus Hybridizer Pollen collector Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Photography
Nov 2, 2017 11:16 AM CST
I use PlantStep. It took me quite a while to get used to it but now I love it. I keep notes on each plant with it. Always put up photos on there as well. I do keep separate Photo files on a separate hard drive with the Name Date and Year on each seedling. This way I can use PlantStep for detailed notes and I have extra photos to show what I was explaining. You are right petruske It takes a lot of getting use to the program.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Daylilies forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by greenappleagnes and is called "Orlaya White Lace"