Got Water Bottles?: Other plastics

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Got Water Bottles?

By piksihk
September 1, 2014

I was searching for the wrap-around plastic plant labels for my plants and came up with this idea to reuse plastic water bottles.

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Name: Jean
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qwilter
Sep 1, 2014 7:46 AM CST
I've been doing basically the same thing with white plastic containers - sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese.
I've even used plastic cups.
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Oberon46
Sep 1, 2014 9:40 AM CST
But does the writing last? We replaced our venetian blinds this year and I cut the string (and saved it) keeping the slats together then tied the bundles of slats using the holes so they don't fall all over. I cut them to size for labels on my poppies and spring planting.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 1, 2014 12:37 PM CST
Betsy

Do you have any pics showing the strips with the plant? You say wrap around. Do you stick them at ground level and circle the plant? Does the writing fade, and how soon? How often do you have to do it for each plant? How many strips do you use for each plant? Confused
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Sep 5, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Mary & Marilyn,
I've used my grease pen for many years on v. blinds and it is the best pen for me. Writing last many years. I've tried the permanent markers and they did not work as well. A regular pencil does work too.

I wrap the plastic labels around this iris - base of plant. This is probably the easiest to do.
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I've wrap them on one stem of plants with many stems.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 6, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Thanks! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Do you wrap each label around each Iris leaf stalk?
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orchidgal
Sep 7, 2014 5:16 PM CST
I picked up a plastic blind at the thrift store for less than a dollar (I don't buy soda and rarely water bottles). I cut the blinds in the lengths I wanted, cutting one end into a "V" for easier insertion into the soil. Sharpies always fade. Use a thicker lead pencil, or oil based paint pens for something more permanent. I still have a lot of the blind left. I also removed the cord and salvaged most of that and cut the blinds into even lengths which are stored in a box in the garage.
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Sep 8, 2014 8:36 PM CST
Marilyn, I did wrap a label around the leaf stalk.

Elfie, I rescued my neighbors mini blinds - and do exactly what you do with them - cutting the 'V' and then also trimming the sharp corners on the other end to keep from being poked. The grease pen works great for me.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Sep 9, 2014 12:32 AM CST
Thanks Betsy! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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