Re: [AZ] question about plant labels
If you find the answer to that question let me know.
I use single quotes for cultivar names. Rhododendron 'Westons' Pink Diamond'
I use italic for species names. Rhododendron minus var. minus grp.
carolinianum 'M. L. Webb' where Rhododendron minus minus and carolinianum
are in italics.
I use italic and single quotes when a species or cultivate are the primary
parents in an unnamed cross which is most likely not correct.
I do not know was to do with references such as Rhododendron dauricum
'Delp's Dwarf' with the Delp's Dwarf although I tend to put it in quotes if
I think it is a reference to a specific plant in all cases.
I do not know what to do with things such as RSF 89/304
The list of what I do not know is nearly endless with regard to this
I never know when to use X before a name which I see all the time in nursery
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Willhite" <jwillhite@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 1:28 PM
Subject: [AZ] question about plant labels
> This is old hat for most of you, but I am finally getting around to
> labelling some of my plants. I hope not to have to re-do the labels for a
> while, so I want to be sure I don't make obvious mistatkes re: use of
> capitals, italics, quotes, single quotes and so on.
> Are there a few rules of thumb for naming species, hybrids with registered
> names and hybrids with unregistered names or numbers? or can you refer me
> to an online reference?
> thanks very much
> Jim Willhite
> West Chester, PA
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Right or wrong here is what my label would read:
R. canescens 'Vanadoes Pink'
I have been attempting for 3+ years to get all my rhododendrons labeled. Now
if I only had the 800 plants I thought I had I would be done but I seem to
have at least 400 more than I thought I had so despite 1000+ labels I still
have many that do not have the new brother labels.
My recommendation is to not be to concerned about little things since R.
canescens 'Vanadoes Pink' or canescens vanadoes pink or 'Vanadoes Pink' all
get the job done. In my opinion the primary purpose of label is to allow
you to know what the plant is.
I have great respect for those who can manage to store every last piece of
information about a plant on its label using the proper notation and
terminology but when I see a plant in some else's garden what I want to know
is the name and care very little about the format used as long as I can read
Now Sally and I seldom have an argument about buying plants but my advice to
anyone whose spouse gives them grief concerning buying plants is simple and
straightforward which is put yourself in a position to buy a large number of
plants in a single purchase this way you have one big fight rather than
several small to medium sizes ones. I do not know what Dr. Phil would say
about this advice but I have never understood why any spouse would complain
about a purchase that keeps the purchaser spouse at home more assuming money
is not the primary issue. On the other hand, I also do not see how a few
cartoons can be the basis for starting WWIII so if you have reason to
believe the large single purchase is bad advice you could well be right.