Plant Data Base (Feeback on types of data)

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  1. sustainabledigs

    sustainabledigs New Member

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    I am creating this data base as a comprehensive, international plant guide because I am yet to find one that satisfies me. I wish it to aid amateurs and professionals in easily accessing plants by filtering them through a wide range of specifications. Check my list out and let me know if you see potential for adding, removing or combining any categories. Maybe there is already a data base you know of which has most of these things covered? All feedback, information or spreadsheets you can link me or send me to incorporate welcome!

    I'm unsure about hardiness zones and was wondering if germination and growing temperatures are a better idea in regards to calculating between continents? Is there an easy way to calculate between hardiness zones (eg.USDA to EUR)

    Family
    Genus
    Species
    Common Name
    Type (bush, tree, ground cover etc.)
    Germination(Temperature, method)
    Planting Times/Temps
    Frost(Tolerance)
    Nitrogen Fixing/Nutrient Accumulation)
    Chop and Drop
    Water/Sun
    Size/thinning
    Harvest (days/years to maturity)
    Growing(Fertilization, Temperatures)
    Beneficial insect attraction
    Pollination
    Sensitive to
    Medicinal uses
    Other Uses
    Info (for intrinsic qualities and extra info)
    Tips (most useful tip regarding the plant)
     
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    Hi, That sounds wonderful!
    All the best with it.
    From what I can see, zone 'numbers' differ with each country, so maybe temperatures and seasons would be better than zones and month descriptions.
    I am looking forward to seeing this.
     
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    Hi Sustainable Digs,
    Because my climate is a "special needs" case, I'd be interested to add "drought tolerance" and "cold hardiness" categories. Cold hardiness would be the minimum survival temperature, which many places is far below the "frost" temperatures.
    Also, does "sensitive to" refer to pest problems? For instance, I've found that black locust trees in our area are decimated by locust borer, making this desirable tree difficult to justify here.
    Great list you've generated, looking forward to contributing to your database!
     
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    @9anda1f interesting about the locust borers, i've not seen them here, but i don't have locust trees to deal with either...
     
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    Hi Songbird,
    Although the nearest town has a borer problem and had to cut down all the black locust trees on the golf course, I'd hoped to be somewhat immune way out here (the area between town and here is 7 miles of nearly treeless shrub-steppe). I've got over 100 seedlings getting ready for planting and 20 - 30 saplings in the ground. Most of the saplings show signs of borer after two years in-ground. A few years ago we imported a lot of organic material from the in-town "landscapers" (read lawn mowers) and that may have been the vector.
    I'll be switching to honey locust propagation ...
    ;)
     

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