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lvillebonsai

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Bonsai Record-Keeping
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:30 PM »
I'd like to hear how others go about keeping up with what they've done with their trees each year. I know some share documentation of updates through this site. Others may have their own blog. But how else do you keep track? Handwritten notes? Computer files? Phone app (I just got one)? Or is it all just in your head? For those who have worked under the guidance of a long-term instructor, what have they modeled in this regard?
 

jlushious

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 03:25 PM »
I asked this same question last year and the response I got pointed me towards this computer program: http://otetsudaiqt.sourceforge.net/index.html that you can download for free.

Pretty basic database software, free download. Help you make records of trees, note down major activities (like repotting or major wire work/pruning etc.). Also allows you to keep a record of all your pots (if you have ones that are nicer than plastic colanders:D), and match them up with your tree records so you know what's been potted in what. Upload photos etc.

I really like it, but I'm a bit of a geek that way. Just my preference!
 

EJ

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 06:13 PM »
Microsoft One note is useful, and comes with 2013 Office Student and Home version.  As a added bonus it works with mobile devices as well.  Its designed to be like a digital note book. 

http://www.onenote.com/?CR_CC=200061904&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=PS_Bing_OneNote_onenote_Text
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 07:18 PM »
I can't find time for that type of record keeping. That would be great but no enough hours in my day. All I do is put a tag in the pot and write something like "repot 4-25-53  or wired 3-27-13".
I have looked for inexpensive tags that I could put into my pots like the ones commercial growers use. What I have been doing for the past few years is going to Home Depot and purchasing the cheapest plastic window blinds they sale. White plastic. I cut them into about 5 inch lengths and to a point. You can write on them with a pencil and it will stay on there for ever. Only down side is you can't erase the pencil marks but they are so cheap it's not a problem. Throw it away and get another one.
 

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 07:28 PM »
  I have only 53 trees at the moment so I just keep track in my head.
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014, 09:48 PM »
Don, this is a genius hack!
So obvious (now that you've told us).

Thank you!
Joanna
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2014, 10:49 AM »
Most all of my record keeping is in my head. I mostly rely on looking at the tree/pot to see what it needs. I do however tag my trees.  I get an empty aluminum can from the recycle bin and cut off the top and bottom. Then I cut open the tube and cut the metal in 1  x  4 inch strips. I put a metal strip, clear side up, on a fairly soft surface like a tablet, and "write" on it with a ball point pen. There is no ink transfer, but if you press hard enough, the metal is embossed, and the message does not wear away in the weather. Punch a hole in one end and wire it to the tree.
 

Anthony

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014, 11:45 AM »
Small black cover handbooks, the ones offered for artists, blank pages.
Allows for drawings as in designs of trees, areas to fatten and so on. Measurements........
Plus written information.
Brother-in-law has been doing this for years, with a photo album of beginnings, growing on and so on.
Good Day
Anthony
 

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2014, 01:48 PM »
Bonsai Album app is worth the meager price.
 

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2014, 02:28 PM »
I have always done nothing more than digital images 2 or 3 times a year for each tree.  I also take a before and after pic of each major event  such as a design change or major pruning.  For re-potting dates I just record the month and date on a tag that is always kept in the pot.  Everything else  is kept in my head.
 

lvillebonsai

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Re: Bonsai Record-Keeping
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2014, 08:45 PM »
Thanks for all the ideas. I like all of them. Used to keep a paper notebook, but lost it, of course. Have just started using the Bonsai app on my iPhone this month. So far I'm enjoying it. The aluminum tag or blind pieces sound useful, too.