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Adding Plants

Before you can place plants in your drawing, you need to add them to your project using the Plant Manager. When you add a plant to a project, you're importing that plant – and all associated information – from our plant database. Once you've added a plant to your project, you can begin placing it into your drawing.

 

What is a Land F/X project?

A Land F/X project is the central database that stores all the information about your plants, as well as other information such as site amenities, irrigation equipment, etc. You'll need to "add" these items to a project before you can "place" it in a drawing as an AutoCAD block. Haven't started a project yet? Learn how >

Accessing the Plant Manager

To add plants to your project, you'll first need to open the Plant Manager for that project:

 

 

 

 

F/X Planting ribbon, Plant Manager flyout

 

 

 

Plant Manager toolbar

 

 

 

Planting toolbar

F/X Planting menu, Plant Manager option

 

 

 

or type ProjectPlants in the Command line

 

 

 

typing ProjectPlants in the Command line

Adding a Plant to a Project

The four options at the top of the Plant Manager represent the four plant categories in our plant library: Trees, Shrubs, Shrub Areas, and Ground Covers.

 

 

When you want to add a plant to a project, select one of these four categories.

 

 

For example, if you want to add a tree, select Trees.

 

 

Click New to add a plant to your project.

 

 

 

The following dialog box will open. Here, you can add a plant to your project from the plant category you selected in the Plant Manager.

1. Partial name: Search for your plant by typing a few letters of its botanical or common name. (See Searching for Plants (Adding by Name) below.) Click Search to perform your search.

 

2. Genus: This pane lists the genera (genuses) of all plants in our plant database. Scroll down this list and select the genus of the plant you want to add.

 

3. Once you've selected a genus, select a Species and then a Variety of the plant you want to add.

 

4. Filter by Data: Check this box to limit the list of plants to those with certain information in their data. (See Filter Your List by Data below.)

 

5. Click Add to Project to add the selected plant variety to your project.

 

6. See detailed Data about the selected plant variety. This data is wiki-based, meaning you can adjust it based on your knowledge of the selected plant. (See Wiki-Based Plant Data below.)

 

7. Add a New Plant to our plant database. (See Adding a New Plant to Our Master Database below.)

We discontinued the Add from Project and Add from DWG buttons from the Add Plant dialog box with Version 11 (2015).

 

 

In place of these options, we now offer the ability to import plants from a template or project, as well as to copy plants from another DWG.

 

Click a name in the Genus field to add a plant from that genus. All species from that genus that are included in our database will appear in the Species pane. All varieties of the selected species will appear in the Variety pane.

 

 

 

Once you've selected a genus, species, and variety, click Add to Project to add the plant to your project.

 

 

 

Once you've added the plant to your project, you'll see its name directly above the row of buttons in the bottom right corner of the Plant Manager.

 

 

 

Continue to add plants as needed.

 

 

When finished adding plants, click Done.

 

 

 

The plants you've added from the selected category will now be listed in the Plant Manager.

 

In our example, the Plant Manager shows all the trees we've added to our project.

 

 

You can now repeat the steps outlined above to add plants from each of the other categories as needed.

 

 

 

Once a plant is listed in the Plant Manager, you can begin placing it in your drawing. For more information, see our Placing Plants documentation page.

 

In adding plants, feel free to add plants and defer judgment as to whether you are going to use the plant or not. You are simply building a palette, much like a painter's palette of colors. You don't have to use every plant – just those you decide use in your drawing. The palette of plants you add will, of course, reflect the climate, soils, water use, etc. of the design site.

 

If you want, you can group plants together in the Plant Manager using the subcategory option for each major category, such as Shrubs then Grasses. Organizing your plants in this manner will group them together for ease of location for placement. The Plant Schedule will reflect the groupings when you place it. (For example, the schedule will list the Shrubs, and then any subcategories such as Grasses.) If you only want the schedule to list the main categories, don't use the subcategories to group plants.

 

If you're basing your project on an existing project that includes a Concept Plan, the plants in that plan will have already been added to the current project, and will be ready to edit.

Note: You can add the same plant multiple times, if you want the same plant but with different root ball or caliper sizes. The difference between multiple plant additions will be in the Plant Code, which will add a number to the code. For example, Rhaphiolepis indica will have a Plant Code of RHA IND for the first plant, and RHA IN2 for the second, and so on.

 

 

Searching for Plants (Adding by Name)

To filter the plant list in the Plant Manager by name, type a few letters of a plant's botanical or common name in the Partial name field. The list will populate to plants that have that letter combination in either their botanical or common name.

 

In this example, we've typed the word Palm into this field to limit the number of entries in the list. You can then select a Genus, Species, and Variety as described above.

In previous versions, you could only search by genus in this field. Now, you can search by common name as well.

 

 

 

Searching By Genus More Easily

Our plant searching capability also includes a "sounds like" feature. If you don't remember the exact spelling of a plant's genus, use this feature to make the search easier.

For more information, check out our Adding Plants, Searching On Genus Power Tip.

Wiki-Based Plant Data

After highlighting a specific plant variety, you can click Data to view data on that plant.

 

 

 

 

You'll now see a dialog box showing data for the selected plant variety.

 

 

This data is "wiki" based, meaning you can make adjustments to it based on your knowledge of the plant. This feature allows user input into the data presented within the software. In turn, it allows the software to grow from input from our clients.

 

 

 

Plant Photos

To view photos of the highlighted plant, click the Photo button in the plant data dialog box.

This feature does not assign photos to your plants for photo callouts – it's just a way for you to view a photo of the selected plant for your reference when adding it to a project. To assign a photo to a plant in order to call out that plant in a drawing, see our Plant Photo Callout instructions.

 

 

 

Internet Explorer will open and perform an automatic Google Images search for photos of the selected plant (example: Maackia amurensis).

 

Filtering Your List with Data

When you search for a plant by name, you can limit your search results based on the wiki-based plant data described above.

 

 

When adding a plant to a project, check the Filter by Data box.

 

 

 

 

The Filter Plants dialog box will open. Here, you can create specific parameters for your search for plants by checking the appropriate boxes.

 

In this example, we'll check the boxes to limit our search for plants with the following characteristics/needs:

  • Season: Evergreen

 

  • Sun: Part Shade

 

  • Soil: Rocky

 

  • Water: Very Low or Low

 

 

Click OK when finished.

 

 

 

Your search will be refined to genera (genuses) of plants that fit the data parameters you set.

 

 

In our example, the list will only contain evergreen plants that thrive in part shade and rocky soil, and that have very low to low water needs.

 

 

You can then select a genus, species, and variety, and then add the plant to your project.

 

 

 

This feature is not a replacement for experience with plants. Try to check as few fields as possible. The more fields you check, the more likely the list generated will be too confined.

Importing Plants (and Their Symbols and Data) from a Template or Project

If you find yourself adding the same plants to multiple projects, we recommend setting up a project template and then adding your commonly used plants to that template. You can then import them into a new project from that template. This practice can save you immeasurable amounts of time, considering all the data you need to fill out for each plant you create. With templates, you only need to add and configure your plants once, then import them – along with all attached data – into the present project.

 

For further information on, and instructions for, importing plants from a template, see our Importing Plants documentation page.

Templates and Why You Should Be Using Them

Our software allows you to add Land F/X objects such as plants and Reference Notes to a project, configure all data for these objects, and then save that project as a template. Once saved, a template becomes a limited database of those items you use the most often, along with the data you've assigned to them. Find out more about why templates are such a good idea, and learn how to set up a template, on our Templates page.

Copy from DWG

Need to grab a plant from another design? You can copy a plant from another DWG and add it to a new project and drawing.

This feature replaces the Add from DWG button in the Add Plant dialog box, which we discontinued, along with the Add from Project button, with Version 11 (2015).

 

To copy a plant from another DWG, open that drawing and right-click the plant.

 

 

 

Select Clipboard from the menu that opens.

 

 

 

Then select Copy with Base Point from the sub-menu that opens.

 

 

 

The Command line will prompt you to Specify base point. Click a point within the plant symbol to set that point as the basepoint for copying.

 

 

The Command line will now prompt you to Select objects. Select the plant and press Enter.

 

 

Open the drawing where you want to place the plant. Right-click the location where you want to paste the plant.

 

 

Select Clipboard from the menu that opens, then select Paste from the submenu that opens.

 

 

 

You can also simply hold down the CTRL + V keys (Windows) or the COMMAND + V keys (Mac) to place the plant.

 

 

The plant symbol will carry all attached data into the new drawing.

 

 

Adding a Copied & Pasted Plant to Your Project

Once you've copied the plant symbol into a new drawing, you'll need to take an additional step to add it to the project associated with that drawing.

 

 

Open our Block Data/Edit Plant tool:

 

 

F/X Planting ribbon, Edit Plant button

 

 

 

Planting toolbar

F/X Planting menu, Edit Plant option

 

 

 

or by typing FX_PlantInfo in the Command line

 

 

 

The cursor will turn into a pickbox. Click the plant symbol you've just placed in your drawing.

 

 

The Plant Info

 

 

Make any necessary changes to the plant data, then click OK.

 

 

 

The plant, along with the data you've assigned to it, will be added to the current project.

 

 

 

Adding Several Copied & Pasted Plants at Once

If you copy and paste several different plant varieties into your drawing, you can add them all to your project at once by simply running a Plant Schedule. When you place your schedule, all plants you've copied and pasted into your drawing will be added automatically to the Plant Manager.

Adding a New Plant to Our Master Database

Can't find a specific plant in our database? Our software allows you to add it yourself. Keep in mind that when you add a plant to our database, that plant will be available to every user of our software if we approve it.

If you add a plant to the database using the method described below, it will initially only be added to the plant database available in your office. However, the Land F/X team will receive an automatic notice that a plant has been added. Our in-house landscape architects will research the plant variety. If they deem it a viable plant, they will add it to our plant database, making it available to everyone who uses our software worldwide.

 

 

To add a new plant to our database, open the Plant Manager and select the plant category where you'd like to add a plant. Then click New.

It's important to select the correct category for a plant you want to add. Plants that are typically listed in one category will not be listed in others. For example, if you want to add a shrub, select the Shrubs or Shrub Areas category. Then, before adding your plant, look for it in the list. There's a good chance you'll see it. If not, go ahead and add it.

 

 

 

The following dialog box will open. Click New Plant.

 

 

 

Enter a Genus, Species, Variety, and Common Name for the new plant.

 

 

Click OK when finished.

Error adding plant, or Invalid error: Are you getting one of these error messages when trying to add a plant? You likely had the wrong category selected, and the plant you're trying to add is already listed in one of the other categories (Trees, Shrubs, Shrub Areas, or Ground Covers). Go back to the Plant Manager, and select the correct category. Click New and look for your plant in that category. Chances are, you'll find it.

 

 

Your plant will be added to the plant database and will be available to add to a project.

Creating a Mix of Seeds or Plant Species

We make it easy to create your own custom mixes of seeds, sods, grasses, or other plant species. You can do so by creating a Design Group in the Concept Plant Manager.

For more information and instructions, see our Create a Mix of Multiple Seeds or Plant Species documentation section. You can also see this feature in action by watching our Grass Mix Power Tip.

Related Webinars

  • Getting Started with Planting F/X: We'll give you a full tour of our F/X Planting ribbon, covering everything from adding, placing, and labeling plants to error checking, scheduling, and turning on our quick render tools. (1 hr)
  • Setting up Templates and Preferences for Repeat Clients: To save time and increase your accuracy, learn how to deliver a consistent drawing package for your repeat clients by setting up project templates and Preference Sets. (50 min)
  • Using Plant Templates: Project templates are focused and reusable palettes of your most frequently specified plants. This intermediate-level webinar will cover the best workflow for customizing templates. (1 hr 1 min)

Troubleshooting

Question: Can I import an Excel plant list?

 

Issue: Not all plants in the drawing match the project data

 

Issue: Can I make multiple plant palette templates?

 

Issue: You are experiencing a significant delay when attempting to add or place plants

 

Issue: Several buttons in the Plant Manager are grayed out and inaccessible

 

Issue: While working offline, you are unable to access groundcover or Shrub Area hatches you've already used. The thumbnail previews in the Hatch dialog box are blank.

 

Issue: You received an "Error adding plant" or "Invalid" message when attempting to add a plant to our master plant database

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