Whether you are an amateur plant enthusiast or a gardening veteran, tracking the growth and progress of your plants is an absolute must. The best way to do this is by maintaining a growth chart to observe, assess, and analyze how much or how well your plants are growing.

You can grab a pen and paper each day to jot down the basic data but this might become unorganized and unsystematic for daily tracking. If you want an efficient and easy method to track your plant growth, you can use a plant growth chart template. Let’s walk through the different kinds of plant growth templates so you can make an informed decision on which one suits your needs the best.

How to choose a plant growth chart template?

There is no dearth of growth templates out there. But choosing the most suitable one depends on 2 primary factors:

1. The purpose and function of your chart

2. The detail and degree of tracking the object

You might want to track just one aspect of your plant rather than logging all the data quantifiable. Here is an example:

Example Template #1

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In the plant growth chart template shown above, the user has charted down columns in the form of an Excel Sheet. This one is focused on one particular aspect of plant growth: stems. When it comes to plants, there are a number of factors you can track when it comes to growth. In this case, the user has zeroed down on the stem of the plant as the growth factor.

They have included 4 basic variables:

  1. Stem number
  2. Length of the stem
  3. Number of buds on the stem
  4. Number of leaves on the stem

This is a plant growth chart using singular variables, where the stem is the object being observed and the other data is dependent on the stem.

If you go for this template, you would have to create mini stickers to label the stems to avoid confusion while tracking. Also, you would have to maintain separate growth charts for each individual plant. Recording the stems, buds, and leaves every day might be slightly cumbersome. This is true especially for measuring the length of the stem, since you would have to use a scale or a ruler to jot the length down to the tiniest decimal. But this template is nowhere as detailed as some of the others where one has to monitor multiple variables.

Before we come to some of the more advanced templates, let’s look at a few examples of templates that are even easier than the one we just visited.

What are the most basic plant growth chart templates?

If you’re looking for basic templates that don’t require much measurement and monitoring, here are a few examples:

Example Template #2

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These 2 examples of a plant growth chart template show the most elementary tracking process there is. This kind of tabular charting is perfect for beginners, or children who are interested in taking up gardening as a hobby.

Using a template like the ones shown above gives you the advantage of choosing what to select as your growth data. You can simply put down observations that you make about the plant, such as: “Plant A looks greener and perkier as compared to yesterday. Possible causes could include sunny weather and twice the water.” Or if a child is filling the chart, the observation could be as simple as: “5 leaves fell and a no new buds bloomed.”

Height is also a major indicator of whether or not your plant is thriving. Most beginners opt to log the heights of their plants to summarize growth. Width could be another indicator of overall growth – more the width, more the number of leaves, more the growth.

Other Observation related growth templates include:

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For children, you can also use templates that allow them to explore their artistic side. Drawing pictures of their observations makes plant growth tracking more immersive and fun. Here are a few examples:

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Advantages of choosing Observation-based templates:

  1. Requires less time to track plants
  2. No measurement instrument required
  3. More likely to keep up with over a long period of time
  4. Motivates beginners and young ones to grow seeds and track their growth
  5. Can be as detailed or as vague as you like
  6. Can be easily customized as per requirement

Drawbacks of basic templates:

  1. Might not be very accurate
  2. Data might be too obscure to quantify
  3. Data might become repetitive with nothing new to add, in the case of daily observation plant journaling

What is the most accurate plant growth chart template?

For slightly more intermediate to advanced plant enthusiasts, a detailed growth template is advised.

Example Template #11

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As you can see, this plant growth chart template monitors the effect of 3 stimuli – light, water, and nutrients (fertilizer or manure), along with their effects on the plant. This is a comparative chart, where the user will track one plant and compare its growth with other plants in different conditions.

Now, let’s go over templates for specific planting requirements.

If you want to be known around your area for having a green thumb, you can keep templates like the following to aid your plant growth:

Example Template #12

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These guide templates can boost your plant growth multifold, and are a must for anyone deeply into horticulture. Being well-informed about plants that grow well with each other and about specific nutrients that boost growth is an added advantage for a greenskeeper. Alternatively, you can form your own guide based on the templates given above to aid your growth.

If you are a herbalist, or someone who likes tracking their herb growth, you can utilize a template such as this one:

Example Template #16

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If you are selectively into hydroponic farming, this template might be of use to you:

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If you grow ornamental plants and flowers, you might wish to include drawings to enhance your growth charts. In such cases, you can use a plant growth chart template such as this one:

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You can also use bar graphs instead of tables to chart plant growth. Check out this example:

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Bar graphs are suggested for only those who know what they’re doing. Calculating plant growth in the form of bar graphs can be tricky and prone to errors. But if you have some experience with this kind of plant growth chart template, you probably know how bar graphs can show data over an extended period of time. They are exceptionally easy to read and analyze. They are also useful for people who have a huge variety of plants and wish to track them, since bar graphs record multiple data sets.

Things to remember while collecting data for plant growth charts:

Whether or not you use a visual or physical mode of observing and recording your plants make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Track and note down growth for individual plants
  2. Tabulate and maintain dates and serial numbers
  3. Make copies of your chart template to use the same mode of tracking while comparing the growth of multiple plants
  4. Pay special attention to discrepancies like black spots, white spots, frequent wilting, drooping, etc.

Important information to consider in your plant growth chart:

If you aspire to be a gardening expert or you are already an expert cultivator, there are a number of factors you might choose to consider including in your chart. Here are a few that some people tend to forget:

  • Change in temperature
  • Change in humidity
  • Change in weather and sunlight
  • Change to water quality
  • Change in soil acidity (due to nutrients or manure)

Considering these factors is important when you check the growth of your plant’s stems, leaves, and flowers.

Additionally, doing your homework on the type and species of your plant will also help you analyze your results. If you are already aware that a certain plant will not germinate during the winter months, charting its growth in December will be quite useless.

Different plants have different growth rates as well as varying sunlight, water, and soil requirements. A cactus plant might need just a tablespoon of water every two days. If you water it more than required, the cactus might have stunted growth or stop growing entirely. In this case, tracking the growth of the cactus without any idea of its requirements doesn’t make sense.

Conclusion

Using a plant growth chart to keep a log of your all plants is the most helpful way to keep them lush and alive longer. A lot of horticulturists prefer to track plant growth in the form of bar graphs since measuring a continuous variable is easier to monitor in a bar graph than in a table. On the other hand, if you’re just getting into gardening for fun, you can monitor your plant babies using drawing representations and basic data collection. The best way is to keep a ruler handy and track at least the height and width of the plant.

Whatever plant growth chart template you wish to use, keep in mind that being regular is the key.