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Keeping Up with Plant Names

By valleylynn
September 2, 2011

Keeping the ID of plants. There are many ways to ensure that you don't lose the identity of your plants. Whether they are in pots or in the ground, bury a tag in the ground, using pencil to write the name. Old venetian blinds cut to size make excellent labels to bury. Then, if desired, place a label beside the plant. Using this method covers the mishap of dogs or small children pulling/chewing up the aboveground labels. The label pictured here is a piece of venetian blind with ID written in pencil and was buried for a year. It contains other important information for me.

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marti
Sep 1, 2011 6:41 PM CST
Pencil? I've tried permanent markers --- they are not permanent. I've tried paint pens ---- not permanent. Will give pencil a try. So many of my plants are now NOID's because the marker faded out and I can't ID the plant. With my mini-roses here, I'll try the pencil idea and see how it works for me.
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Sep 1, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Great tip! Hurray!
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Horseshoe
Sep 1, 2011 9:56 PM CST
Venetian blind user here. And I use hundreds of them! And hand write them, too.

For in ground tags you can bury them, as Lynn says, or sometimes I face the tags inward and away from the sun. Many of those Sharpie pens and sun just fade out, event he so-called "nursery" pens will. Pencil holds up, no doubt about it.

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Sheila_FW
Sep 1, 2011 10:06 PM CST
I agree Pencil and mini-blind here too.
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SongofJoy
Sep 2, 2011 3:54 AM CST
I agree
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plantladylin
Sep 2, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Valleylynn: What great tips! Thumbs up A few years ago I learned about using the cut up venetian blind slats (sturdier and cheaper than purchased labels) and a pencil for marking, but I've never heard about burying a label and I will definitely try it, a great idea since the ones above ground always seem to get lost. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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gingin
Sep 2, 2011 9:35 AM CST
I agree pencil works best. Will start to bury mine....the VARMITS think they are food Angry A few years ago I got some of the metal tags and used them as grave markers for my fur babies in the memory garden...need to re-write them at times, but they are neat and uniform.
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RickCorey
Sep 2, 2011 10:22 AM CST
I like a mechanical pencil, and sometimes get softer lead for it (B instead of HB). I like the "0.7mm" width best, becuase the "0.5 mm" is thinner and less bold. The "0.7 mm" is plenty sharp and fine, but if I use a wooden pencil, the point is always too blunt and wide.

I've never tried the old-fashioned metal venetian blind slats - the paint on those seemed too glossy to take a good pencil mark. I use the plastic "mini blind slats" and soemtimes cut them in half lengthwise, if I'm marking 6-packs or plug trays cells.

I used to clean them with Comet cleanser to get a rougher surface for marking, but it isn't necessary.

Someone told me that you don't need to use a rubber eraser for re-usuing them: a green nylon scrubbing pad is supposed to take off the pencil lead.

An alternative to sticking them in the ground or burying them is to punch a hole, thread a stirng, and tie them to a branch of the plant.

(If you're highly organized, AND have bad handwriting, you can put a short code on the marker, and keep a list indoors. "DL" for dayliles, and then numbers from 1-100 for variety.)
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marti
Sep 2, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Rick that would be a great backup plan, just incase the name tag got lost. I'm going to try it.
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RickCorey
Sep 2, 2011 1:12 PM CST
My final, ultimate fallback is to draw a small map, and then try not to lose the map!

Name: Marti Nelson
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marti
Sep 2, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Also a good idea!! Hurray!
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gingin
Sep 2, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Unless like me you can't read a map never mind draw one *Blush* Standing joke...I can't find my way out of a paper sack Hilarious! Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Sep 2, 2011 3:04 PM CST
Yah, sometimes I'm like that too. Maps can be a good thing though. Big Grin
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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2011 5:21 PM CST
gingin said:Unless like me you can't read a map never mind draw one *Blush* Standing joke...I can't find my way out of a paper sack Hilarious! Hilarious!

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Rich I never thought about using a mechanical pencil, great idea. I will have to give that a try.
And yes, the venetian blinds will last just about forever where the nursery plastic markers usually start falling apart in a year or two.
It was twit that taught me the value of pencil, venetian blinds and burying a tag in case the above ground one disappeared. I am forever grateful to him. Lovey dubby

Hope this tip helps you as much as it has helped me. The above photo is a tag that twit sent with a plant he sent me.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Sep 2, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Yes, "burying" markers is a good, new idea to me.

For plant markers or doodling, mechanical pencils are great!
They're always sharp.

Once I happened to mention to a boss that I had a "favorite" mechanical pencil, and she rolled her eyes and said I must be "one of THEM". Forever after, she knew me as a Nerd.

That's only fair: I am!

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valleylynn
Sep 2, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Is something wrong with that 'label' Rick. Blinking
I think not. Thumbs up
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Sep 2, 2011 11:46 PM CST
Nerdy and proud of it?

I guess I did compete to win the title of "Nerd of the Week" on our dorm floor. We got out name and picture posted on the bulletin board at the head of the stairs.

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 3, 2011 2:42 AM CST
valleylynn said:Is something wrong with that 'label' Rick. Blinking
I think not. Thumbs up


I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 3, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Hurray! Nerds rule. Thumbs up
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 3, 2011 9:14 AM CST
Nerds rock and rule. Groaner ... but true. Hilarious! Thumbs up
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