Maksym: Every gardener expects his greenery to become bigger or more beautiful. Surveying of one’s own garden brings joy especially if it really looks better than a week ago. Moreover, we often make improvements to make those plants grow better. But how do you know that there are positive changes with your plants? How to track growth progress of your plants? Here are our useful tips we wrote on our experience.
- Focus on plants’ sample
- Use a gardening diary
- Track growth numbers
- Take plants’ photos for comparison
1. Select exact samples to track. Having more than 5 plants of the same kind, it’s very easy to mix up memories about each of those. Moreover, tracking every single plant would be overhead and you stop doing that shortly;
2. Use a diary (it could be online one). To track progress, it’s helpful to write notes about current status for a certain date. So you know when you sowed exact herb when the last time you added fertilizers and so on;
3. Track numbers. Using generic descriptive words it ok to remember your feelings about the current state, but much more important for comparison is to use numbers. You could count the number of branches or leaves or whatever you want treating it as signs of a progress;
4. Take photos for comparison. Find some neutral background (white or grey) to take photos on. Putting that plant on the background (or background behind it) and then making photo will give you the ability to separate plant from surroundings and to make photo fixing environment generic;
I have one more idea but I can’t implement it right now. The idea relates to color measuring. A dentist uses teeth board with different hues of a front tooth to check patient’s teeth color and pick proper coloring for a dental seal. That would be really great to have something similar to recognize current kind of green color of your plant’s leaf. So all you would need is to match leaf with palette sample and write a number of sample to a notebook.
Possibly we could use paint palette from a DIY store. But I have not tried it yet.
Oleh: Maksym, it’s too much. I don’t believe someone will play with all those notebooks, measurements etc. All you need to do is to water plant, relax and enjoy the look.
Maksym: It’s a common situation in my family to have a dispute with my wife if our bamboo looks better then a week ago or not. Does it has new branches, is it became greener and has more leaves.
The thing is that it’s not so easy to recall the real look of your plant that was a week ago. There are different reasons for that. For instance, when you really want to have those changes, your mind will give you false thoughts like “yeah, it looks better now, no-brainer”. Also depends on lightning the same colour is being perceived differently. The more units of the same plant you have, the bigger probability are to mismatch their characteristics in the past. I know that the average gardener spends a lot of time for his creation. And it’s really sad when you are not able to feel a real difference with the time. Especially when your “babies” started losing health and you noticed only in a month without healing it for a so long. So that described approach will help to be prepared.
What do you think about tracking your plants’ growth? Do you have your own specific methods to do it? Please write your comments below.