Over the last 20 or so years I’ve accumulated a rather big collection of fig trees. At first I could remember every boring detail of each plant, where it came from, when it was last repotted, I can feel you falling asleep! Now with around a thousand plants and a mind that’s 20 years older, I’ve decided it’s time to start recording all my plants in a database.
My database has a very specific use. Tracking the details of each fig tree in my collection and recording the possible parents of each plant. It allows me to store photos and print out unique labels via a dymo label printer. Each plant is tagged with an id number and if I see something interesting in the nursery I can use my phone to record details or link a photo to the plant in the database. It’s really handy for keeping track of information I need for my hybrid research. Because the database is so specific there’s little chance anyone other than me will ever want to use it! Yet there may be one weirdo out there who wants to try it. Click here to download the database.
The database was created in FileMaker. I’m not advertising FileMaker, I use it at work and I find it the quickest and easiest way to create a database. If you’d like to try the database out, you have a couple of options:
1. Use it on an iPhone or iPad for free.
FileMaker Go is available for free from the Apple App store and is needed to open the database file. Download the app on your iPhone or iPad, email the database to that device, double-click the database icon in your email and you can be up and running for free. A couple of things to note when using it on your IOS device: pictures will take up space, I’ve already used 1.8 gig for about 300 images and once the data is on your IOS device I’m not sure how you move it to another device? Google can probably help you out!
2. Download a trial version of FileMaker Pro for your Mac or PC.
I use the database on my laptop and share it over my wi-fi network to my iPhone. This way I can use the database on my phone in the nursery, then go to my laptop to do complicated searches or print labels etc. Sharing the database from a computer also means that the images and data are stored on the computer and not the IOS device. FileMaker can also be served from the cloud but most hosts are pricey and I like doing stuff for free. Note doing it this way means you will need to buy a couple of FileMaker for your computer!
If you’re crazy like me and find a need for this database, drop me a message if you need a hand to figure out how to use it. There’s no password on the file so feel free to make changes to it. I’d love to hear from you if anyone is actually using it!