Same Plant, Different Sizes, Codes, or Symbols
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Same Plant, Different Sizes, Codes, or Symbols

Landscape architects often need to place different sizes of the same plant in a design. For example, your planting plan may call for a fir tree in a 5-gallon container in one area of the site and the same species of fir tree in a 10-gallon container in another area.



You might also need to add and place multiple instances of the same plant with different plant codes.



In either case, you can place several versions of the same plant with different sizes or codes either at initial placement or on the fly.

Adding the Same Plant with Different Sizes or Codes: Overview

If you know early in the design process that you'll be placing the same variety of plant in different sizes or with different plant codes, you can simply use the Copy button in the Plant Manager to add new sizes of the same plant. The system will treat the different sizes as different plants in your palette. You can then place the plant in the size of your choice, switching between sizes as needed. Here's how to do it:





Add the plant of your choice to your project.

For instructions on adding plants, see our Adding Plants to a Project documentation.






In the Plant Manager, select the plant you'd like to add with different sizes or plant codes (example: Abutilon hybridum 'Albus').


Then click Copy.

Plant Manager, Copy button




Plant code dialog box

You'll now see the dialog box pictured to the left.


1. Click Same Code to make a copy of the selected plant with the same code and symbol but with a different size.


2. Click New Code to make a copy of the selected plant with a different code and/or symbol.




Adding the Same Plant with Different Sizes


To add another listing for the selected plant with a new size, click Same Code.

Same Code option




Plant Info dialog box






The Plant Info dialog box will open.







In our example, the tree Abutilon hybridum 'Albus' currently has a Container/Rootball Size of 15 gallons and a Symbol width size of 20 feet.




Select a new Container/Rootball Size from the menu (example: 25 gal).




Plant Info dialog box, Container/Rootball Size menu









Plant Info dialog box, Symbol Width field.

Type a new Symbol width, as pictured to the left.





In our example, we'll change the symbol width to 30 feet.




The copied version of the plant will now have your desired container/rootball size and symbol width (example: 25 gal and 30 feet.)




Click OK to save the changes to the copied plant.




The Plant Manager will reopen.


You'll see two versions of the plant you copied, each with a different size.


You can now place the plant at either of these sizes.

If your design calls for additional sizes of the plant, repeat these steps for each new size.

Plant Manager with both plants listed




Adding the Same Plant with Different Codes or Symbols


New Code option

In the Plant Manager, select the plant you'd like to duplicate with a new code or symbol.


Click New Code in the dialog box that opens (pictured to the left).




In the Plant Info dialog box, you can:


  • Enter a new plant code in the Plant Code field


  • Click the Symbol thumbnail to select a new 2D symbol for the copied plant




Click OK to save your changes.

Plant Info dialog box, Plant Code field and Symbol thumbnail




Two versions of plant listed in Plant Manager with different codes

You'll now see two versions of the selected plant in the Plant Manager with different codes.


You can place these plants as needed.




Changing the Sizes, Codes, or Symbols of Plants You've Already Placed in Your Drawing

Different Plant Sizes and Plant Schedule

Once you've made any of the edits described above, the system will treat the different versions as different plants. (It's a necessity of the software's ability to calculate numbers and costs of what are essentially different plants.)



You probably won't notice this fact until you go to place a Plant Schedule. If you select the option to display your plant symbols in the schedule, the schedule will show the same symbol for the two plant sizes (or codes, or whichever information you edited), as shown below.


Plant Schedule showing both plants



You could, of course, select a different symbol for one of the two versions of the plant. If you don't want to do this, you can always generate a schedule that shows plant codes, rather than symbols. If you select this option, the schedule will only include the code for that plant on one line, making it clear that you've added two versions of the same plant.


You can also choose to export your Plant Schedule to a spreadsheet, rather than into your drawing. This way, you can edit the schedule to show exactly what you want in it.

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:33

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