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 15, 2011 1:03 PM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
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Nov 15, 2011 1:08 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Nov 15, 2011 1:47 PM CST
Name: Margaret
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Thanks Dave, I tip my hat to you. it will go on my Christmas list too! Angel Big Grin
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Nov 15, 2011 1:50 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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My only real complaint about this model is that it seems to want to waste tape. When you print a label, it first advances the tape a bit, then prints, then advances it more and then cuts. So you end up wasting so much tape.

The solution is everytime you turn it on, disable the auto-tz cut and also disable the tabs (margins) to "none". Then print all of them one by one and when you are finished, cut them each with scissors. It's a hassle and I don't know if the other models have this problem, as well. But the tape is fairly expensive so try to waste as little as possible.
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Nov 15, 2011 1:55 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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Thanks for the additional information. Thumbs up
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Feb 27, 2014 4:01 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Thank you everyone for the Thumbs up and Acorn tips, much appreciated! I tip my hat to you. Glad you like this idea, it really works well. Smiling

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