Seed exchange members take the guesswork out of accurate labels
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'Blue Mirror'

One of the lighter blue varieties

Medium high and well behaved, these blues are a handsome offset to their darker siblings.

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Customer profiles

   Botanical gardens
   Flower gardener
   Garden clubs
   Master Gardener
   Vegetable gardeners

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"Luna says . . ."

Luna has been collecting and sharing seeds with her friends for thirteen years.  "I've seen my share of surprises.  Some seeds are so obviously mislabeled that I can correct them before they go out.  Others you don't catch until the next year."  Luna uses The Compleat Botanica to track the origin and original acquisition of each new plant when she first gets it, then each autumn she prints labels for the outgoing seed packets.

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Q:  Why does a different set of fonts show in the report layout?

A:  The list of fonts that are available for use when printing reports is dependant upon the currently selected printer.  If the list of fonts appears too short, be sure that you've selected a printer other than "generic / text only".  See the full story.

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The Compleat Botanica for seed exchanges
Develop a catalog of offerings available through seed exchange members.
Access your on-line list of plants with powerful and flexible search and query tools.
Record climate data for optimal growing conditions and print together with your seed packets.
Publish your offerings to your Web site.


Features for seed exchanges

  Data sharing


  Rich-text notes


  All of the essential features of The Compleat Botanica

Data fields for seed exchanges

Just a few of the data fields useful for seed exchanges:

  Planting style

  Crop spacing

  Row spacing

  Planting season

  Harvest season

  Cold frame

  Frost tolerance

  Heat requirement

  Alphabetical index of all 160 fields used by The Compleat Botanica


Software snapshots

There are 17 side-by-side data entry views making it easy to access and update your data.  Be sure to check out the Cultivation view.

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Frequently asked questions

  I'm not clear if your software comes preloaded with some kind of botanical database or if it's empty and ready to enter my own data.

A:  The Compleat Botanica comes with a sample database of wild and cultivated plants containing approximately 5000 entries.  This is an excellent starting point for building your own collection of data and pictures; nevertheless, the world's collection of plant-related data is vast and personal interests are varied.  The best use for The Compleat Botanica is for researching, organizing, and educating yourself using the tools provided with the software.

For ideas about where to obtain public domain data and pictures relating to your area of interest, refer to the page Research groups and plant databases.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Tips . . .

  How do I export data from the software?

A:  The Compleat Botanica can write five types of XML files: specimen, filters, categories, vernacular names, and taxonomic records. The Export command for each of these five types is available from the File menu and is synchronized with the current view. So to export specimen records your current window should be one of the Specimen Views; to export filters your current view should be the Filter view; to export custom categories your current view should be the Categories View; to export common names your current view should be the Vernacular Names View; and finally, to export taxonomic records your current view should be the Checklist.  see the full story.

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Last reviewed December 05, 2009   


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