Daylilies forum: On my labeling daylilys.... using the Brother outdoor labels in white

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Feb 23, 2018 7:41 AM CST
The white outdoor labels mildew here in the south by the 2nd year...

on the plant markers

How would you remove the white labels, they will not scrape off the metal
name plates?

I would like to find a way to remove the old label off the plant marker so when I type a
fresh new outdoor white label ..

I will have a smooth surface to place the new
label ?

I bought stainless markers this time...I used the galvanized for years
and they rust and break off in the ground..

I really want to keep the name plates on these new stainless markers arriving
this week looking beautiful

Will someone please give me advice on this?
thanks so much
zone 8
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Nebraska Organic Gardener Dog Lover Bookworm
Feb 23, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Wish I knew... I'll be doing the label on marker thing this year. I know we've had some threads about labeling in the past. Might want to search for those...
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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Feb 23, 2018 7:52 PM CST
I'm on the beach in the Daytona area and I use black letters on white background. Never have had them mildew, but after 5 yr or so they do fade. I have daylilies in full sun and some in part sun and part sun doesn't even fade.

What kind of metal surfaces are you using?? Sorry you are having this problem.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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Feb 23, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Here is a tip if you can put your markers in the ground facing to the north they will not fade at least here in the north it works, many of mine have been in the garden for over fifteen years. Only a few have had to be replaced over the years.
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Name: Ina Novodvorsky
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canad (Zone 5a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dragonflies Composter Region: Canadian Organic Gardener Daylilies
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Feb 24, 2018 6:08 PM CST
I wipe down my markers with rubbing alcohol before I put the label on.
Any labels that I have had to remove just peel off ( some in pieces but they are not too difficult to remove) Maybe try the rubbing alcohol to help loosen some of the glue? Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Feb 24, 2018 9:30 PM CST
Do you really have to change the label? Could you try cleaning the mildew off with a Lysol wipe or something like that? I use the same labels and haven't had a problem yet but I'm in the North.
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
Feb 24, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Lacquer thinner might work.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Feb 27, 2018 10:25 PM CST
as lazy as I am, I would just call it 'patina' and leave it Hilarious!
McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
Feb 28, 2018 9:57 AM CST
I can't remember for certain but I think someone posted they can be peeled off after putting them in boiling water for a while. I should give this a try as I have some that have black mildew and some that are peeling.

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