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 Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses

By blue23rose
February 8, 2015

Because they are so easy to cut and are durable enough to last through the summer, vinyl blinds are a cheap and easy way to tag plant crosses.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Feb 8, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Vickie, a nice reminder of this re-use of (old) mini-blinds. I would point out the permanent marker ink won't hold up outside. I think (I'm just guessing) that UV breaks that ink down. A better, much better, marker is the "Sharpie Industrial Fine Point, Super Permanent Ink". In my experience it will hold up for years inside or outside. I even use this pen to mark some of my clothing, and the ink remains washing after washing.

Ken
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 8, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Great idea Ken Thumbs up I didn't know there was a "Super" permanent ink! The writing only had to hold up for a couple of months on my daylily crosses, so it did okay, but I will definitely check into this marker for future use. There are some other things I need to write on outside that I want to last for years and a regular permanent marker won't hold up that long. I write on the plastic handles of knives and forks and use that as a plant marker sometimes.

Thanks for the acorn tips!
Vickie
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Feb 8, 2015 7:51 AM CST
Thank you Becky and Rick for the acorns!

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Vickie
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Feb 8, 2015 9:04 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Dutchlady1
Feb 8, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Regular pencil lasts for years outside.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Feb 8, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Yes it does, but I have a difficult time reading many of my penciled labels and over time, with grit accumulation, they get harder and harder to read. Of course, I have "old" eyes, so I need all the help (and glasses) I can get. Whistling
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 9, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Funny how the simplest things work best. @Suga just commented on using a carpenter's pencil.
Vickie
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 9, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Thanks again for all the acorns and thumbs!
Vickie
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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
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CaliFlowers
Feb 14, 2015 12:17 PM CST
I've been using commercial vinyl plant tags and old Venetian blind slats for years, with excellent results. Common plastic just degrades too quickly for all but the most temporary of purposes.

Interestingly, the last set of blinds I rescued from the trash hasn't held the writing very well at all - it fades within 6 months. I don't know if it was the grade of vinyl, or maybe some kind of cleaning/waxing residue on the blinds. (I'm using Sharpie permanent markers.)

Now I mark both ends of the tag, using pencil on the above-ground end, and Sharpie markers below. Pencil never fades, but it can smear from contact with the soil.

When I need extra long-lasting tags, I cut them from aluminum cans, emboss them with a ballpoint pen, and tie them to the plant itself or a stake.

Ken
East S.F. Bay Area
USDA zone 9
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 14, 2015 2:00 PM CST
Great idea Ken!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Feb 14, 2015 3:49 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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