How To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant Tags: My system for permanent markers.

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How To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant Tags

By duane456
July 20, 2016

Tired of trying to remember the name of that plant? Or -- trying to read your faded plant tag that is falling apart? Here's an inexpensive, interchangeable, and permanent plant tag that is easy to make with a few tools and materials.

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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jul 20, 2016 9:06 AM CST
I am mainly concerned with markers for my potted plants. House plants. I have over 1850. I have tried metal tags as you mention. I have tried various markers on regular plastic sticks. Nothing seems to withstand the sun and weather. What I do now, and it works, is use a number of different colored plastic sticks and a number of different hole punches. I have an index card for each species with the marker for that species listed and other info. Worse case scenario for this is the color of the marker fading in the sun (which has not happened yet.) But the odds of an Aloe with a red marker with a star and a small hole, even if it faded to pink (yes, I use pink) also being an Aloe (pink, star, small hole) are very small. May I suggest that if you do want metal markers out in the garden, hole punches might be the way to go. Gene
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jmorth
Jul 20, 2016 10:41 AM CST
That's an extraordinary number of houseplants, I can't even imagine (well, maybe I can, I may have that many mineral specimens, but they don't require much attention).
I figure you'd be able to relate to that statement Gene.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Sally
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billyporter
Jul 21, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Just WOW!
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DomehomeDee
Jul 22, 2016 6:13 PM CST
Yeah, I agree, WOW.
If I don't know the name of the plant before the tag fades out, well, I don't sweat the small stuff.
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Iowa
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billyporter
Jul 23, 2016 12:47 PM CST
I keep a journal so if I forget a name I can find it by common or Latin.
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Name: Meri Taylor
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mnmat
Jul 25, 2016 9:40 AM CST
That is an ingenius plan! Where do you get your colored sticks!
Meri
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Jul 25, 2016 11:21 AM CST
Google is your friend. I have plastic sticks in: white, black, red, pink, dark blue, light blue, yellow, green, lavender. Hole punches: heart, spade, club, diamond, large hole, small hole, bar, flower, star. Google and you can find these and more. "Space" counts as a character. if you need more combos. Gene

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