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 page.






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




Then click Copy.




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.









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).













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.


Adding the Same Plant with Different Codes or Symbols


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.




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




You can now place these plants as needed.




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

This method is the quick, on-the-fly way to change the sizes, symbols, and/or codes of plants you've already placed in your drawing.




First, open our Edit Plant/Block Data tool:




F/X Planting ribbon, Edit Plant button



Plant Label toolbar





type FX_PlantInfo in the Command line

F/X Planting menu, Block Data option




The Command line will prompt you to Select object.


Click one instance of the plant you want to edit.





The Plant Info dialog box will open.





Make the necessary changes to the plant, such as changing the size, code, or symbol.






Now, before clicking OK (this is crucial), uncheck the Apply to All box in the bottom left corner of the dialog box (pictured to the right).

To apply the edits to all instances of the plant in your drawing, leave this box checked.




The new size, code, and/or symbol will be applied to the selected plant, but no others.

If you mistakenly applied all instances of the plant in your drawing, select Edit Plant again, select the plant, and change it back to the original size using the Plant Info dialog box.



After you click OK, the Plant Info dialog box will close, and the Command line will prompt you to Select objects.





You can now apply your edits to any other plants in your drawing. You can either click plants individually or use the right (window) or left (cross) selection method to select multiple plants.





When finished selecting the plants whose size you want to change, either right-click or press Enter.





The plants you selected will now have the new size, code, and/or symbol applied to them.

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.



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 Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:38

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