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RE: Plant list up

Chris, your method sounds very logical.  Of course when DH and I got
married, I had to learn about binary code and hex to be able to talk to my
then Cobol programmer husband!  LOL!!!  He has always been very, very
logical.  I swore I was married to Mr. Spock from Star Trek for the first
few years we were married!!!  LOL!!!  Perhaps it's a guy thing?  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 7:11 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant list up

More than I want to know! : > )

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 8, 2006, at 4:44 PM, Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:

>> OK, Chris, I gotta ask:
>> How did you come up with your codes?
> :)
> The first part of the code is actually the genus -- each genus gets 
> its own number, and they're created sequentially.  For example, 
> Knautia 'Mars Midget' is 122.
> Since I wanted to keep the code short for the bar codes that go on the 
> pots, I then convert it to a hexadecimal value (basically, a base 16 
> system instead of base 10).  So 122 becomes 07A.  It makes more of a 
> difference when you get to larger numbers; 1000 is 3E8, so it takes 
> one character less.
> The second part is base 10 and is an identifier for the species.
> The first species in a genus is 0001, the second is 0002, etc.
> When you receive your plants there will be a third number, and that 
> will be the plant number in base 16 again.
> So 07A-0001-0001 would be the first plant, but 07A-0001-0010 would be 
> the 16th plant.
> Each one has a unique bar code and id number (I wrote a program to 
> print out the labels).  I can then track specific plants if need be: 
> if one has a problem, I can document it and record what I've done with 
> it.
> I can also use it to identify seedlings of interest for plant breeding 
> and to log fertilizer applications and the like.
> The biggest advantage is using it to meet state requirements.  I can 
> also track each plant back to its original source which is something 
> that we're required to do by law.  If a supplier comes to me and says 
> that their plants were infected with something, I can immediately 
> identify which of my plants came from them and identify any customers 
> that might be affected as well.
> Someone on the list said I overthink things too much.  I dunno.  :)
> Chris
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