Daylilies forum: Stakes For Daylily Labels

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Name: Cindy
Utah (Zone 6a)
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nebo
Mar 2, 2017 12:53 PM CST
I have decided I am going to mark my daylily collection. I am trying to choose between using Kincaid stainless steel stakes or Simply Elegant stakes. I want something I know will last in my Utah climate with harsh sun, hot dry summers, winds and freezing winters. I have decided I am going to used engraved labels probably from AAA engravers.

I would be so grateful for any suggestions or experiences from those who use these products. Thanks!!!
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Legalily
Mar 2, 2017 1:03 PM CST
I just ordered these Paw Paw Everlast E-Rose labels with the stainless steel wires and have some outside right now. So far so good. They were recommended on another thread. I checked the Kincaid and I can't remember why I ended up with the Paw Paw other than cost. Good luck!
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Polymerous
Mar 2, 2017 9:28 PM CST
I have used the AAA labels with the Simply Elegant stakes for years. (In fact, I am just now going through assembling my latest order. I use all black labels, with rounded corners.)

They mostly hold up very well, and look elegant in the garden. I am still using stakes (and labels) that I bought 15 or more years ago. I like them better than any other kind of labeling system.

That said, there are two failure modes. The label can sometimes get knocked off of the stake (people, animals) and then you will have to put it back on (which is easy enough, presuming you can find the label... some have gotten lost here, under dead leaves or mulch or whatever, and presumably my garden helpers raked them up and threw them away). If you are very unlucky, part of the plastic that snaps onto the stake will break, and then you will have to replace the label. This doesn't happen often, but it has happened here. (I suppose you could superglue the label onto the stake, which is not something that I have tried. But if you do, and then ultimately decide that you don't want that plant, you can't reuse the stake.)

The stakes are sturdy but if you are dealing with rock hard clay, or if someone steps on them, they can be bent - and then they are murder to unbend. Over time (15 or more years) a few of them (out of a great many) have also showed signs of rust.

I started out buying the taller stakes (and only labeling the daylilies), but now I label many plants (daylilies, irises, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, clematis...) and I have decided that overall, including for the daylilies, I prefer the shorter stake. I want my plants labeled, but I don't want them labeled in an obtrusive manner.

(Fwiw... there is a bit of a price break with quantity for the AAA labels and Simply Elegant stakes. I tend to pile up my order until I have enough to get some kind of a break (my current order covers several years' worth of plant purchases). I have learned the hard way that it is perhaps best to not immediately buy a new stake and label for new plants; wait and see how they perform in your garden before you shell out the money. I have wasted a lot of money over the years on labels for plants that died, or daylilies that I didn't like (or which got rust). Now I use the Wren stainless steel markers, labeled with P-Touch/Brothers labels, as an interim label while I am deciding if the plant is a long term keeper or not.)

(P.S. The owner, Bernard, is very nice, and I have enjoyed working with him on my orders. Thumbs up )

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Mar 2, 2017 10:22 PM CST
Hi Cindy, I use the Kincaid 12in stainless steel stakes, I based my purchase on different reviews across the web. I use a P-touch printer with UV resistant tape. Only my 2nd year, so far they seem to be holding up well.


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Name: Cindy
Utah (Zone 6a)
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nebo
Mar 2, 2017 11:20 PM CST
Thank you for the replies!! This is just the info I need.
Polymerous--You have given me some important things to think about. Thank you for your honest observation on the Elegant stakes. I like the idea of the shorter stakes. I had wondered about that, if I should buy tall ones for the "back" plants etc. Your suggestion of the shorter stake and keeping things simple is excellent advice.

crawgarden--great picture! Are you happy with how they hold up over the winter with heavy snow?
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Mar 2, 2017 11:37 PM CST
So far the winter weather and snow have not been a problem
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Gleni
Mar 24, 2017 6:39 AM CST
I use Paw Paw stainless steel stakes too. They are excellent.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Mar 24, 2017 7:00 AM CST
I bought the Paw Paw Galvanized steel stakes and they have rusted much worse than I had anticipated, so my next order will definitely be for the Paw Paw stainless steel stakes. I am looking for better name plates also than the ones I originally bought, I am too clumsy in the garden and my neighbors big dogs, and the critters in the garden end up bending and distorting them. One day I would love to have better labels than my hand printed ones also.

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