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How To Make Database Plant Tags

By clintbrown
September 13, 2013

I was frustrated with my plant tags always fading or falling apart over time. If the ink doesn't fade, usually the plastic tag breaks to pieces over time. Therefore, I decided to create my own interactive, yet inexpensive tags that would last longer and be easily replaced.

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 12, 2013 7:58 PM CST
I gave you a thumbs up because you deserve one for this good idea. Oh, heck, have an acorn as well.

However, some old and slightly backward people (like myself) are still reaching into the old #1 Mom coffee mug with the broken handle hoping there is at least one ball point pen with ink so we can write good old paper labels and cover them with sticky tape, or the extremely modern concept of the Sharpie marker on a bit of old plastic window blind slat...now where did I put that Sharpie?

I will come back in my next life ready to make plant labels!
Thanks for a really up-to-date idea!
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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Sep 12, 2013 10:06 PM CST
I tried all those kinds of labels. The Sharpie fades so bad, even the industrial strength ones. I really like the ones I'm making because I can make many on one sheet of paper. I could even make duplicates to have ready to replace any that fade. Once you make one, you can save that one as a template and just change the text and code every time. It's not for everybody, but it was actually fun to do and saves me a lot of money on supplies.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Sep 13, 2013 5:02 AM CST
That is a neat idea, Clint. Very good Thumbs up I'm afraid I am still using a Tracfone and can't do this, but I love the idea of being in my garden and whipping out a smart phone to get the info on a plant.
Vickie
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 13, 2013 8:12 AM CST
@clintbrown Sounds like this method is excellent - you could offer to make labels for others in trade/exchange for seeds or plants.
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Name: Brenda
Fountain, Florida The Twilight (Zone 8b)
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SeedSprout
Sep 13, 2013 8:27 PM CST
Use a plain #2 pencil for your labels. A pencil will not fade. I don't know why some plant markers break and some still are going strong. I have some that are over 6 years old and not a thing wrong with them.
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Sep 13, 2013 8:56 PM CST
I haven't had much luck with pencil either. Most of the time a pencil won't even write on my tags where I can see it clearly, if at all.
Name: Brenda
Fountain, Florida The Twilight (Zone 8b)
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SeedSprout
Sep 15, 2013 5:37 PM CST
That's strange about the pencil. when we had our greenhouse business that is all we used. I still have tags from 08 that look like they've just been made. I do like your idea if one had the time to make them.
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Sep 15, 2013 6:05 PM CST
My entire reason for making these is so I don't have to write with something. If you have a plastic tag I don't see how you write on it without it being faint. My local nursery used to use pencil on plastic tags. The tags break to pieces outside. I wanted something dark that's easy to see too.
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sheryl
Sep 16, 2013 11:10 AM CST
I think you're nudging us all into the next centurty, lol...
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