Permanent Plant Markers

By frankrichards16
November 1, 2013

I use fiberglass rods and Brother laminated tape. Here's how:

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Oct 31, 2013 6:17 PM CST
Name: Susan
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What do you use to cut the rods with? Is there a laminated tape that will not fade, or can I write on the rod with my paint pen?
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Oct 31, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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What a great idea ... thanks for sharing this tip!
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Oct 31, 2013 8:33 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Good Idea!!! How much do the rods cost? Smiling
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Nov 1, 2013 4:38 AM CST
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I'll try anything!
I've lost so many names....

The tape is peel backed, right?
How many winters has it survived?
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Nov 1, 2013 7:00 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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I like this idea! I also want to know how easy it is to cut and $. Do you use the regular tape or heavyduty labels?
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Nov 1, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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I cut the rods with my power mitre saw.

The standard brother laminated tape seems to last. I have not had any failures in the past 3-4 years. Brothers also has an industrial Tape that I have not tried. A little more expensive, but might last even longer....

I suppose you could use a permanent marker to write directly on the stake, but normal permanent markers will fade within a year. Industrial permanent markers (Sharpie Industrial) would solve that problem.

the 4 foot rods from Tractor Supply were $1.09, but they have increased to $1.29. Still a very good price. After cutting, that is ~$0.25 per plant stake. The .5" tape is ~$11 per 26 ft roll on Amazon. If you use 3" for a label, that works out to about $0.11 per label, for a total of $0.36 per marker. this price does not include the Brother label printer. At any rate, 3 for a dollar sounds good to me:)

I have additional photos on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5...
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Nov 1, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Those fiberglass rod - plant labels look so amazing! Here in Florida, the plastic labels get brittle and break apart quickly in the heat and humidity. I tried some thin aluminum type labels a few years ago but they got all bent and wonky and didn't hold up for long either.

Great tutorial and photo's on your flickr page! I've got to show that to my husband to see if he'd be willing to cut some of the rods for me. I don't know if there's a Tractor Supply store nearby but I'm going to do some research to see if I can find the fiberglass rods somewhere locally!
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Nov 1, 2013 12:37 PM CST
Name: Joy Hall
Hempstead, TX (Zone 8b)
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I have seen them at the box stores as well, Lowes, etc. any place that would sell fencing supplies should have them. One thing to be very aware of is that they are fiberglass and will shed if splintered causing painful splinters. We use a rubber cap here at the farm to drive our posts in but a block of wood on the end of the rod should keep the hammer from splintering the end. Great idea.
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Nov 1, 2013 12:40 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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crittergarden said:I'll try anything!
I've lost so many names....

The tape is peel backed, right?
How many winters has it survived?


Sorry, i missed your question in my last response. The tape has a back that you peel off.
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Nov 1, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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I really like this idea. Thumbs up
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Nov 1, 2013 5:54 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
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I agree Thumbs up
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Nov 1, 2013 6:30 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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What a cool idea!
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Nov 2, 2013 3:55 PM CST
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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Just today I ran out of metal tags, so this idea came up just in time for me to label bulbs! I love this way for plants that only need identification when they are in a show or if I'm digging to share. This way I can push the rod below the soil and know the name will stay safe from crows, lawnmowers and children! Crying (and suddenly I'm grateful for soil loamy enough that I can push a 9" rod in by hand! Sorry, Joy!)
Some of my plants have Brother P-touch tags that are more than 10 years old, and they still look like new. That's amazing considering our weather ranges from -10 to 110. Typing out a tag has got to be easier than trying to write legibly on a rod. Well maybe not, if you're one of those people who carves landscapes on toothpicks. Blinking
Thanks for the super idea, Frank! I tip my hat to you.
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Nov 2, 2013 4:22 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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You won't find me carving anything on a toothpick. I'm with you Cindi, I love my P-touch label maker.
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Nov 2, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Name: Jim D
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Here's mine
SODA BOTTLE PLASTIC
COATED THINLY WITH GORILLA GLUE
DOUBLE THE PLASTIC TO KEEP FROM BEING SO THIN

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Nov 3, 2013 2:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
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That's a good idea! ....and welcome to ATP!! Welcome! Hurray! Green Grin! Thumbs up Smiling Hurray! Welcome!
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Nov 3, 2013 5:45 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Nov 3, 2013 6:41 AM CST
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Welcome! jimard!

Cindi what IS that flower on your pic????
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Nov 3, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Name: Cindi
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Hi, Jimard! Welcome! Are the edges of your label sharp? Do you cut them with scissors or heat of some sort?
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Nov 3, 2013 8:12 PM CST
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Thank you all for the welcome ..
No , if you cut them with kitchen scissors (Idid) no sharp edges unless you get tags , those you can trim ,
Also doubling the plastic one over the other , further reduces sharpness of any plastic being thin .

Disadvantage is over time outside the glue may turn orange .. might , it is made from foam insulation technology , but it's good..

The advantage is the soda bottle , water bottle plastic , does not break down from weather ..
Thumb of 2013-11-04/jimard8/39e48d Here's small one used in starter pots (wintersow) and a 1/4 round for the garden with the one shown before .. These are a 2 liter , water bottles are thinner only as to shape ?'s are often as easy and durable ,
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