19 Comments

  1. Aida F. on July 12, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Hi Rachel and thank you for this video, I’ve been dying to create something like this! And even though this is from 2015, are you still using this spreadsheet?😊

  2. Max Pixel on July 12, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Very nice system. You are more organized that most, but this is a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets are not databases. I am not bashing your system. If it works for you than do it. But I think if you upgraded to a real database you could save yourself a lot of work. The good thing is because your data is already in a spreadsheet then it will be easy to import into a real database system.
    Again great job on keeping records of you plants.

  3. Rashi Goel on July 12, 2021 at 2:18 am

    What is the primary key you have chosen for this database

  4. Giovanni Orchids Killer on July 12, 2021 at 2:25 am

    u did an enormous WORK .. but at the end it worth 😀 😀

  5. Steven Wimberly on July 12, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Very well done! Have you ever thought of migrating this to an Access database?

  6. Elizabeth Ash on July 12, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Great job Rachel.  I  have too many plants now to  feed into a data base and just have a record of what is in each bed.  No doubt the data base is the best approach and wish I had started one when I came to live here!!

  7. Risteard de Roiste on July 12, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Sorry, Rachel.  Adobe gives the sign Blocked Plug in

  8. andy FX 7. on July 12, 2021 at 2:30 am

    i have a similar set up but not as detailed as that, and not as many plants either! :-).

  9. PlantzNThings on July 12, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I have wanted to do this for years :). You are very organized.

  10. LOVE OF PLANTS 🌻 on July 12, 2021 at 2:32 am

    What a brilliantly practical database. Good idea keeping the dead / missing plants in the files as over time you can forget that you even tried to grow them. In my messy handwritten journals I try to note why something died and what I should do different should I decide to give it another go. It must have made quite an impression on yourself when you first completed the database, seeing the large quantity and variety of plants in your care. It’s like a nursery catalog !

  11. Zeva Attwood on July 12, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Perfect!. That’s the info and the answer I was looking for. I am a landscaper and want to organize a plant database, this is definitely the way to go. I had never used excel so it’s good you went into that detail of how to use it even though it’s probably super basic for some. There’s a first time for everyone. Thanks for your help!

  12. Joe Burns on July 12, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Great system! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Desert Plants of Avalon on July 12, 2021 at 2:43 am

    This is such a fantastic thing to do to keep so organised Rachel 🙂 I lose track of so many of mine and the names I find sooooo confusing to remember as well as a nightmare to pronounce haha!. I am definitely going to do this, and I am trying to remember all the name of all the plants in the garden and it will be such a brilliant way to keep track of them all 🙂 so thanks a zillion for sharing this, Sending you tons of love for a wonderful day ahead XXXX<3

  14. Crazyforflowers on July 12, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Very well done Rachel!! I agree with keeping a list of all the fossils and the reason as it will help for future plants.. I do in fact a list of all demises so I don’t repeat the same mistake again..

  15. Mario Frasca on July 12, 2021 at 2:45 am

    This is a remarkable amount of work you’re doing! and all by hand! you have all my consideration and sympathy!
    In case you want to spare some time, and get a system that allows you collect data in the field, and import it seamlessly to your desktop, produce reports, labels, and whatnot, have a look at the free software I develop, support, distribute. I’m totally available at getting you (or any of your followers) started with it and very interested in your feedback. http://ghini.github.io/
    still downloading your video, I only managed to watch the first 30% — I don’t follow why you actually split seeds, plantings, cuttings and keep annuals and "plants" in two different tabs?

  16. Andrea Soilander on July 12, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Few people are so organized (specially with so many plants), but it pays off. I have also an excel datasheet for my orchids. But because I don’t have too many plants, I organized them with subtitles (in the same spreadsheet I have all cattleyas under a Cattleya-subtitle (a line with a different font and color), and also subtitles for oncidiums, dendrobiums, etc. The drawback is that when I buy something new, I have to add them under the correct title. Your system is faster, since you can add everything to the end of the sheet and then sort them out automatically to the right place. I also included columns for the time of the year each one blooms, when it last bloomed, how many sheaths and how many flowers, whether it has a fragrance, size of the flowers, etc. Yesterday there was some updating to do. I sold 4 divisions of my plants at our orchid society meeting, and bought a new one. Lc. Chian-Tzy Ostelove ‘CT Little Love’. Seems quite lovely. 🙂 It’s not flowering at the moment, but it’s a nice mini cattleya.

  17. Lenore I on July 12, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Amazing video, thanks!

  18. April Arroyo on July 12, 2021 at 2:48 am

    What an awesome system! ….I need to get my butt in gear I’ve been wanting to do this but I keep adding plants. ….what do you do if you forget what something is or don’t have an id? My sister gave me some ferns from her yard that we have no idea what they are but they are pretty. …would you just put NOID in the genus space? Thank you for sharing your database 🙂

  19. Bret Furgason on July 12, 2021 at 3:05 am

    Cypripedium – Lady Slipper Orchids are native to our area. (states) this is just to cool a video. These orchids for some reason have had an amazing year. Watch the little bee. http://www.screencast.com/t/pw0wvrYpga

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