Houseplants forum: houseplant labels

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 16, 2018 3:28 PM CST
I have a billion houseplants but the majority of them don't have labels of any kind. For some of them, I know the family they're in but the exact genus and species are lost to history. lol

I am wondering for people who use labels, what kind do you use? Can you share pictures?

As my collection grows I find that having labels would probably help.

I think I might buy or make a bunch and put one in every single pot.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 16, 2018 4:46 PM CST
If you continue to enjoy yakking about them on forums, you will probably have them so committed to memory that no labels are needed. Whenever I forget one of mine, I look it up on my plant list here, which I am always tweaking, adding plants, notes, categorizing them. It can take a while to remember when the names get changed, and that some of mine start with "x" in the list.

Before the squirrels ate them, I had simple labels hidden on the soil surface of various holiday cacti that said "pink," "red." I made them by cutting pieces of soda cans and "writing" on them with ball-point pen. This doesn't actually put ink but it essentially engraves the aluminum. Long after the plants disappeared, other cuttings were stuck in those pots, then finally completely repotted a year or 2 later, the labels were still there, still legible. A creative person could probably take this idea to a decorative level with some kind of edge around the cut piece and little post to stick it more visibly upright in a plant or on the rim of a pot.

Another option is to keep a folder with a pic of each one where the file name is the plant name, and/or the plant name is written on the pic with Paint program. If you use these pics for the screensaver on your computer, it could be like flashcards. :+)
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 16, 2018 4:50 PM CST
Thank you. Those are good ideas. I am extremely annoying and have no social life so the chances that I'll contine to blabber on and on about plants on the Internet is 100%. lol
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 16, 2018 5:06 PM CST
You're fine, don't let anyone make you believe otherwise. We all have a certain amount of time to do whatever we want. I also choose to use most of my "free" time yakking about plants, planning what to do this summer, enjoying seeing what others are doing, learning new ideas for creative ways to enjoy them...
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Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
Jan 16, 2018 5:47 PM CST
Just adding to the sage advice of "Purpleinopp", if you ever have any empty soda/pop can, take a pair of metal shears/strong scissors and lop both ends off, or cut it down one side and do the same thing with the ends.
Then cut lengthwise in 1/2" to 3/4" wide strips, the length of the can. Line them all up at one end tightly (vise grips) and drill a small hole through one end, close to the top. Then, with an old ball point you can press down and inscribe species, cultivar, date, color, whatever. Then simply run a piece of light copper/aluminum/brass/whatever, through the hole and twist it loosely tight on the stock or branch of the plant. Presto-endless cheap supply! Mostly for bushes and trees - OR, additionally, you can take a small wooden garden stake, drill a hole in the top of same, then affix the aforementioned inscribed tag in the same manner, then put it in the ground in front of your desired plant. Great for bulbs as well. PS. You can round the corners on both ends with scissors so that they look quite respectable. Cheers!
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sallyg
Jan 16, 2018 9:14 PM CST
Vinyl mini blinds cut whatever length you want. But I only try to label the few that I know a variety, or succulents that I'm not familiar with.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 17, 2018 8:15 AM CST
I've used pieces of mini blind slats before too. They last & last but nothing I used to write on them lasted. Definitely not Sharpie. Pencil was the best that I tried. Nail polish lasted even longer but the writing ends up being HUGE.

Just remembered - painted rocks are always cute!
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 17, 2018 10:28 AM CST
The retired show poodle whom I babysit has a fetish for tearing and eating vinyl mini blinds. I had never considered using the remnants for anything.

I wonder if there would be some way to use a label maker like I have in my office at work and attach those labels to the ends of the mini blinds.
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Stush2019
Jan 20, 2018 4:18 PM CST
Close to what I use. I use a Brother label maker and purchase plant tags on internet. Costly to get started but last forever and doesn't take up much space. I had the label maker anyway. I buy the tapes on line as well. Get them at 1/2 the cost than at the office supply. I started out with mini blinds and like Tiffany said, markers were off.
Most of my friends are on line as well because I am into house plants and nobody I knew was also into them.
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Jan 21, 2018 11:16 PM CST
Ditto on Mini Blinds. The can labels sound like they will turn out really pretty. I would have figured they would be sharp though. I am such a klutz I would probably cut myself, or worse cut a plant. D'Oh!

Sounds as if they are safe? I would love to use them.
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Faridat
Jan 22, 2018 12:13 AM CST
I disliked plastic labels, until recently. I realized that my precious, beautiful colored, natural looking wooden ones I had bought, started looking awful just about a month since I put them into the pots. Plastic is the way I'll go from now on. I like labels, even for the common plants. I think it really makes them look of a higher rank. Hilarious!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 22, 2018 8:20 AM CST
I tried bamboo labels, but they soak up water= not as badly as popsicle sticks but still not permanent.
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