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A Labeling Tip

By critterologist
May 30, 2012

For no-fade labels that show up well on black or green nursery pots, use a Sharpie Silver Metallic Marker. I use them to mark cell packs (aka "sheet pots") too. The labels are still legible 3 years later, even in full sun.

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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
May 29, 2012 6:02 PM CST
I didn't even know Sharpie made a marker like that!
Name: Pippi21
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Pippi21
May 29, 2012 7:39 PM CST
I noticed that Ruby and John used some type of marker on the outside of the pots that the iris and daylily plant they gave me was in. Great idea..I didn't have another peony ring so I cut the bottom out of the large pot that John had some iris in for me and put it around a peony that was flopping on the ground till I can get some from Gardener's supply or HD..

Jill, thanks for sharing this idea. Did you get those online or at Micheal's or AC Moore or Staples?
Name: Pippi21
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Pippi21
May 29, 2012 7:40 PM CST
What do you do the next year if you want to put a different type of plant in that pot? Tape over your handwriting? Hey, it will work!
Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
May 29, 2012 8:52 PM CST
Sources... all of the above, LOL! You can usually find both the silver metallic sharpies and the industrial black sharpies (super-permanent) at office supply stores, and I've also ordered them from Amazon.

I do re-mark pots -- usually by crossing out one name and writing the new one, LOL. I suppose I could go over the silver sharpie with a big black sharpie marker, but I'm not necessarily that neat with my labeling.
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GordonHawk
May 30, 2012 5:52 AM CST
great tip Jill... I was going to post mention of the industrail sharpie.. but you had already done so.. the industrail sharpies are amazing.[ just discovered them last year. @ Staples ]. and they will hold up through boiling of the writting.. sounds like summer temps on the roof..
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dyzzypyxxy
May 30, 2012 9:59 AM CST
This is a great tip, thanks Jill. I tried black marker and pencil on popsicle sticks for a while this spring, but the sticks turned black too . . . live and learn.

I guess you could cut up a black pot into strips and write on the strips for labels, too. My local nursery recycles used pots, so marking the pots might cause confusion there.
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clintbrown
May 30, 2012 9:36 PM CST
I like this idea. I've tried the pencil thing and it didn't work. I just bought some Industrial Sharpies the other day. Now I need to look for metallic too. Gardening is so expensive. LOL.
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LindaTX8
May 31, 2012 5:52 AM CST
Thanks! Pencil on my reguar labels does fine, but had wondered about those multiple packs for seedlings.
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critterologist
May 31, 2012 7:39 AM CST
Linda, that's where I use the silver sharpie most, on the seedling 6-packs. I tried a bunch of different "quick" labeling methods for them, and this is what worked best for me.
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lakesidecallas
Jun 4, 2012 8:55 AM CST
Good tip!
I use Marvy DecoColor paint pens. I found the Silver sharpie was not dark enough on some pots, and faded over time.
The paint can be removed with a swipe of gasoline on a rag, or if you're lazy like me, just draw a line through the name and write in the next name! lol
I've heard they can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, I get mine online. I use the fine line, but my hubby has an ultra fine line he uses to write on plant labels (the plastic kind)
http://www.uchida.com/p-34-decocolor-opaque-white.aspx

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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Jun 4, 2012 10:17 AM CST
Good tip on the paint pens! The last set of silver sharpies I purchased isn't writing very well... might have to change my allegiance LOL.
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