Make Your Own Plant Markers: Wintered over yet?

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Make Your Own Plant Markers

By goldfinch4
June 22, 2012

I was trying to think of what I could use for plant markers rather than purchase them. It gets expensive if you’ve got a lot of plants! When I run out of ideas I go ask my husband, who always comes up with something that makes me slap my forehead and say “Why didn’t I think of that”!

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crittergarden
Jun 21, 2012 6:02 PM CST
Look great in your photos!
HAve you wintered any over yet?
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MaryE
Jun 21, 2012 7:05 PM CST
I like the transparent sticks. As long as the tape stays on the plexiglass, even if the colors fade and the name is unreadable, the raised letters would come to life with putting paper over the label and rubbing a pencil across it. Of course the name would then be on the paper but then a new lable could be made and applied to the plexiglass post. I'm also wondering about the effects of a year or two of sun, rain, freezing temperatures and whatever else nature throws at it. The sticky might not remain sticky.
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2012 7:36 PM CST
Love this idea Chris. I was starting to worry about how many labels I have left. This would be the perfect solution.

My P-touch labels have been out in the garden for over 2 years now, and they look the same as the day I made them. There are different types of labels, I bought the ones that are for outdoor use and won't fade under UV rays. http://www.ptouchdirect.com/ptouch/tz_tape_guide.html
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Onewish1
Jun 21, 2012 8:40 PM CST
really neat .. love the clear part!!
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 12:11 AM CST
I haven't used these markers in the garden over a winter yet, but I have used the P-Touch labels on other markers for several years now. I use the same ones as valleylynn and they're wonderful. I've never had any problem with fading or peeling. If anything, I end up ruining the marker and the label is still good. Whistling

Mary, the P-Touch labels don't have raised letters. But I do know what you're referring to. Not sure those would withstand outdoor use.

Allison, I like the idea of having clear labels too!
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Ridesredmule
Jun 22, 2012 7:12 AM CST
Sounds great to me. Chris, I think she is talking about the Dymo labeler, if I remember right it has raised letters. I like her idea. But yours is great too. I have trouble with my labels fading. I'ved decided I love my plants whatever their little names are.
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MaryE
Jun 22, 2012 7:27 AM CST
I think it was the Dymo labeler, probably an unavailable item now. But if you have one... try it.
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Hemophobic
Jun 22, 2012 8:05 AM CST
I'm always looking for markers that last and this is certainly worth trying. My last effort was with EON markers. I bought some clear address labels, printed the info on the computer, stuck the labels on the markers, sprayed them with clear sealer thinking that would help preserve them, but one of them is already illegible and it's only been in the ground one year. Others seems to be holding up better and it may be that I forgot to seal the one that's faded.

Great tip! Thank you for sharing it.
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 10:56 AM CST
You're welcome Angie. I was happy my husband came up with this idea too!
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Weedwhacker
Jun 22, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Excellent idea, Chris, especially since you already had some Plexiglass on hand! I also am a total believer in the P-touch labels and have been using them on slats from (used) mini blinds that I've hoarded when people were getting rid of them. So far mine are on their 2nd year in my garden (although not out during the winter since I use them in my veg garden) and look as good as the day i made them. I think the first thing to go may be the plastic from either the blinds or the Plexiglass, from the UV rays - but the labels themselves will probably still be legible to make new ones. I've been truly amazed at how well they stick to the plastic slats.
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 2:42 PM CST
I agree - those P-Touch labels are amazing. In fact, when I try to pull them off markers, they put up a good fight! Hilarious!
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Onewish1
Jun 22, 2012 5:10 PM CST
I agree
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canadanna
Jun 22, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Did you order the extra strength? It is a very neat look.
I have used the metal markers that have also lasted but I have mangled a few of them that weren't stuck close to the ground.
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Onewish1
Jun 22, 2012 6:28 PM CST
I do .. but not sure if it's overkill or not
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goldfinch4
Jun 23, 2012 1:27 AM CST
I don't use the extra strength ones. The labels come in a good selection of colors too.
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JaxFlaGardener
Jun 25, 2012 3:57 PM CST
I've been using the Brother P-Touch labels for several years. They are the only labeling method I've found that will stand up to our hot, humid conditions. I don't have any experience with what they would do under a blanket of snow, but they are very waterproof.

I look for the label tape colors that are not so popular - lime green, pink, fuchsia, etc., and usually get those on sale for less than the regular price. I think the tape is also less expensive if ordered online, but when I run out of label tape, I need to rush to the office goods store for more tape before I totally forget the name of the plant I'm trying to label. LOL

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HappyJackMom
Jun 25, 2012 4:55 PM CST
I have used the P-Touch labels for years. In fact there's one I just brought in that was one of those roundish labels with the long stem on them, and they will usually get broken off by the elk or deer or hubby for that matter, but this one is in tact. As I turn it over to see the date on the back that tells me when I first put it out, it says Aug 1997! The labels themselves that I use now days are the metal mini blinds, they make great ones IF you make them long enough., I would suggest 8" so they stay in the ground when the freeze and thaw happens. We live in Zone 5a.
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crittergarden
Jun 25, 2012 5:23 PM CST
Well between the two of you, it seems it will work here in Pittsburgh. It's hot and humid inthe summer and vrey cold in the winter. Not that we had a winter lately.... But I think you've convinced me to try it!
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maryann
Jun 26, 2012 11:30 AM CST
I use a Waterproof Laser Label, and print on a laser printer. I place them on eon markers and they last for years. I also have started placing the label on a blank plastic credit card which I punch a hole in and hang from a wire stake. You can even put a picture on the card by making a color laser label picture. One of my friends places the label on the credit card and then glues it onto a eon marker. Looks great. I have used the small p-touch type for years and the last forever.
The key words are laser and waterproof. It is fairly inexpensive to have them printed.
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crittergarden
Jun 26, 2012 2:57 PM CST
where do you live, Maryann?
Above or below the Mason Dixon line?
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