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A Nursery Label Tip

By CAKnapp
June 16, 2012

Most of the labels received with a new plant get lost or broken. When I purchase a plant that has its own label with all that valuable information (the plant’s real name), I either scan (as a .jpg) or take a photo of both sides of the label. Rename the scan/photo file using the plant’s name (catmint1 for the front of the label, catmint2 for the back). You can take it one step further by photographing the plant and renaming that file also (catmint3). I have created a folder on my pc for “gardening”, and I added under that a folder for “tags”. This way all of the files named catmint are in order when I am looking through my tags and photos.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2012 6:15 PM CST
Great tip Carol. I have been doing it for several years now and find it has really been a big help in keeping things identified.
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virginiarose
Jun 15, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Great Idea!! Hurray!
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Weedwhacker
Jun 15, 2012 7:27 PM CST
I agree
Great idea! I always have good intentions of doing something of the sort but it's one of those things that seems to stay on the back burner... your method is simple and all of the info gets saved that way, not just the parts that I might jot down in my garden notebook. Funny how quickly I can forget details otherwise!
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HollyAnnS
Jun 15, 2012 7:29 PM CST
I really like that idea a lot. I have a pile of old plant tags in a very messy folder. Then there is the pile that hasn't made it to the mess folder.
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CAKnapp
Jun 15, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Thanks, everyone.

You can also create sub-folders for plant types - sedums, semps, lilies, etc. It just keeps things so much neater. But, of course, I have piles that haven't made it to the scanner yet either! They get the dirt washed off, then set off to the side for another day - preferably a rainy one.

And don't forget to make backup copies onto a flash drive or other removable media! Smiling

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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2012 8:39 PM CST
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RickCorey
Jun 15, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Thanks!

That would be such a boon for trading and giving away plants and seeds: the difference between knowing the species and variety, vs. someone's recollection of a local common name that applies equally well to 5-10 species and 20-2000 varieties.

Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 16, 2012 3:33 PM CST
I agree
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canadanna
Jun 17, 2012 8:43 AM CST
Great idea! I have the same problem as Holly. My "filing" are baggies of tags by the year.
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Oberon46
Jun 17, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Hurray! I keep my info and pictures in an Access Database, but I surely do like your idea. Every year several plants make their way into my garden unidentified timely, then lost completely. Entering new plants in the database takes a little more time and this would guarantee capturing the info permanently. Especially like the idea of taking a picture of the plant itself. Even if it hasn't bloomed yet, it could help to later identify it by the leaves. Thanks so much for a great suggestion.
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