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Cheap Plant Markers

By mcash70
November 12, 2011

For inexpensive plant markers that won't blow away, buy an aluminium mini blind (don't use plastic as it may crack) at a garage sale or at one of the big box stores in a sale bin, and from 25 to 50 heavy-duty irrigation staples. Cut mini blinds in the length you need, 3" to 4", measure, and drill holes closer to one side to fit the staples. Write the plant name on the back with a Sharpie, so it wont fade in the shade, and then on the front using a paint pen or a pencil. Carefully thread it onto the staple and then spread a little, as shown in the photo.

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Nov 11, 2011 6:04 PM CST
Super idea Margaret! Hurray! Hurray!
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Nov 11, 2011 6:58 PM CST
I agree
Will be trying this one Smiling
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Nov 11, 2011 7:02 PM CST
Thumbs up Margaret!
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Hemophobic
Nov 11, 2011 7:28 PM CST
Great idea!
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Sheila_FW
Nov 11, 2011 7:38 PM CST
I use mini blinds all the time, but my dog pulls them up if they show. I bury them at the base of plants then can't find them again! I think I can leave a tiny bit of the wire staple above the ground so I can find the tags with this idea. Thanks!
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dave
Nov 11, 2011 8:13 PM CST

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The printable labels that you can get with the little hand-held printers like the Brother p-touch work beautifully for applying to these markers, too, and they last years and years.
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Samigal
Nov 11, 2011 8:19 PM CST
Better marker than I was using. I find lots of plastic but will be looking for metal blinds now.
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Wow, what a money saver this idea is. Bet you could even spray paint them if you don't want white. Looks like I won't have to buy expensive metal markers any more.
Thank you for the great tip Margaret. Thumbs up

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RickCorey
Nov 11, 2011 8:54 PM CST
I've been using 0.7 mm or 0.9 mm mechanical pencils to mark on plastic blinds.

I guess my plastic ones are always shaded by plants becoming overgrown, and few or none are more than one year old. Maybe that's why they don't crack.

Maybe the older ones have gotten somewhat brittle ... I'll be on the lookout for that when I bring them back inside to erase them or wash them.

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mcash70
Nov 11, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your nice comments. I tip my hat to you.

Dave I will definitely pick up one of those hand-held printers, sounds much easier then hand printing neatly, which I am not very good at! Hilarious!
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eclayne
Nov 11, 2011 9:50 PM CST

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Great idea Margaret. Thanks. Thumbs up
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quietyard
Nov 11, 2011 10:45 PM CST
Super idea ! Big Grin
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mcash70
Nov 12, 2011 9:33 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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jellyjar
Nov 12, 2011 11:07 AM CST
This is a great idea, maybe people won't pull up plants at our church thinking they are annuals. The end of year cleanup is a nightmare for me.
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mcash70
Nov 12, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Thanks Kathy. I hope marking the plants will help.
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Nov 12, 2011 1:41 PM CST
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nmumpton
Nov 14, 2011 9:33 AM CST
I wondered if the Brother P-Touch labels should be the laminated type. There are so many Brother P-Touch label makers I can't figure out what one I would need. Any suggestions as to a model?

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CherieCoogan
Nov 14, 2011 10:03 AM CST
great idea. I never have enough tags and the ones I have disappear
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mcash70
Nov 14, 2011 1:37 PM CST
Nancy maybe Dave can answer that question for us as it was his suggestion to use the printer with my markers, I didn't know that there were so many different types . Shrug!
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dave
Nov 15, 2011 12:47 PM CST

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This is the exact device that we have:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006LS81/

That's the Brother PT-2600. I don't know if it's the best or even a particularly good one, but it has done very well for us and we have labeled hundreds of plants with it. Labels we printed at least 5 years ago still look the same as they did the day we printed them.

The tape we use is this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I2H19O/

It's a black ink on clear tape. It works very nicely. You can print two lines so we do the formatting like this:

Latin name
'Cultivar name'

and it prints in a very nice font that is easy to read.

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