Inexpensive Plant Markers: Buried Sharpie writing

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Inexpensive Plant Markers

By beckygardener
July 25, 2015

Need an inexpensive plant marker? This marker is cheap to make and almost invisible, too!

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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Jul 25, 2015 6:36 PM CST
I find that the writing of black Sharpie pens that are exposed to the sun fades badly. But the knives that I write on and bury are completely legible for years. And they dry almost instantly. We use the white knives and bury them completely.
Carl
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 25, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Carl - I haven't had as good results as you with the sharpie markers. I've tried so many different writing mediums. The paint is the only thing that I have found that seems to last for over 2 years. I had written with a sharpie on some of the labels made with blinds and buried them in the roots of the plants when I planted them out in my garden bed. I had to dig them all up the following year and I could barely read most of the labels they had faded so badly. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. Sad
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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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coboro
Jul 26, 2015 2:53 AM CST
I have had problems with the mini blinds and Sharpies. But not the knives. I think the mini blinds get a layer of gunk or oxidized vinyl on them that comes off and takes the Sharpie with it. I think that's why pencil works better on the mini blinds. The pencil wears through the layer. And the knives are new and completely clean and the Sharpie sticks really well. But it still sun fades or weathers.
Carl
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 26, 2015 5:10 AM CST
Even using a number 2 pencil on blinds has not worked for me, as it also fades quickly in the ground. Maybe I am not using the right pencil. I have heard that a grease pencil will work well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_pencil
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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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coboro
Jul 26, 2015 11:10 AM CST
Go with what works for you. You probably live in a harsher climate than I do. Most everyone does.
Carl
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jul 26, 2015 12:08 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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