Plant ID Markers

lakewayladyJune 18, 2009

Love this forum...I am a newbie here and I live in northern NH.

I have read many suggestions for plant markers, but think this might be a new one. I was cleaning out my old silverware this morning and came up with this idea. I took one of my knives (it had a round acrylic handle) took an indelible marker and printed the name of my perenial on the handle and stuck it in the earth. Seems like any flat handle piece would work and for the creative ones you could decoupage a small picture on the working end of a spoon. Hmmm maybe you could stick a fork in the ground with tines up and slip in some sort of id in the tines....maybe a small pc. of plastic from an old milk jug???Old silverware can be found for pennies in yard sales. You could then change the ids as needed. Hope this helps someone.

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bookwizards(on the edge 7-8)

Mini blinds do not last here in Texas. Sharpie marker lasts a few weeks of full sun. I have used the white plastic knives and write on them with an Elmers medium tip black paint pen some of the ones 3 years old are brittle. I would take ours home when we ate out or they are inexpensive. Scrub with scotchbrite and Dawn and use the paint pen they are low and easy to read.

Now I have switched to stakes made from discarded cedar fence boards and i an using roof flashing about $2 for an 8 ft 1 X 2 inch piece each stick makes 24 marker tops. I cut them with a metal cutting blade for my circular saw and then grind down the pointy tips. I am diping them in rustoleum paint and then writing on them with the paint pen. Hopefully these will last many years. I am considering soaking them in wood preserver. I drill 2 holes in the one inch side and use galvanized nails to attach them to the stake. total cost about 10 cents per marker.

These work for larger plants and defined plantings. However the knives work well for identifying individual plants my wife has about 200 iris plants named varieties in large beds so it is important that each individual iris be named. the knives are perfect for that.

Bill

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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bookwizards(on the edge 7-8)

Mini blinds do not last here in Texas. Sharpie marker lasts a few weeks of full sun. I have used the white plastic knives and write on them with an Elmers medium tip black paint pen some of the ones 3 years old are brittle. I would take ours home when we ate out or they are inexpensive. Scrub with scotchbrite and Dawn and use the paint pen they are low and easy to read.

Now I have switched to stakes made from discarded cedar fence boards and i an using roof flashing about $2 for an 8 ft 1 X 2 inch piece each stick makes 24 marker tops. I cut them with a metal cutting blade for my circular saw and then grind down the pointy tips. I am diping them in rustoleum paint and then writing on them with the paint pen. Hopefully these will last many years. I am considering soaking them in wood preserver. I drill 2 holes in the one inch side and use galvanized nails to attach them to the stake. total cost about 10 cents per marker.

These work for larger plants and defined plantings. However the knives work well for identifying individual plants my wife has about 200 iris plants named varieties in large beds so it is important that each individual iris be named. the knives are perfect for that.

Bill

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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bookwizards(on the edge 7-8)

Mini blinds do not last here in Texas. Sharpie marker lasts a few weeks of full sun. I have used the white plastic knives and write on them with an Elmers medium tip black paint pen some of the ones 3 years old are brittle. I would take ours home when we ate out or they are inexpensive. Scrub with scotchbrite and Dawn and use the paint pen they are low and easy to read.

Now I have switched to stakes made from discarded cedar fence boards and i an using roof flashing about $2 for an 8 ft 1 X 2 inch piece each stick makes 24 marker tops. I cut them with a metal cutting blade for my circular saw and then grind down the pointy tips. I am diping them in rustoleum paint and then writing on them with the paint pen. Hopefully these will last many years. I am considering soaking them in wood preserver. I drill 2 holes in the one inch side and use galvanized nails to attach them to the stake. total cost about 10 cents per marker.

These work for larger plants and defined plantings. However the knives work well for identifying individual plants my wife has about 200 iris plants named varieties in large beds so it is important that each individual iris be named. the knives are perfect for that.

Bill

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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bookwizards(on the edge 7-8)

Mini blinds do not last here in Texas. Sharpie marker lasts a few weeks of full sun. I have used the white plastic knives and write on them with an Elmers medium tip black paint pen some of the ones 3 years old are brittle. I would take ours home when we ate out or they are inexpensive. Scrub with scotchbrite and Dawn and use the paint pen they are low and easy to read.

Now I have switched to stakes made from discarded cedar fence boards and i an using roof flashing about $2 for an 8 ft 1 X 2 inch piece each stick makes 24 marker tops. I cut them with a metal cutting blade for my circular saw and then grind down the pointy tips. I am diping them in rustoleum paint and then writing on them with the paint pen. Hopefully these will last many years. I am considering soaking them in wood preserver. I drill 2 holes in the one inch side and use galvanized nails to attach them to the stake. total cost about 10 cents per marker.

These work for larger plants and defined plantings. However the knives work well for identifying individual plants my wife has about 200 iris plants named varieties in large beds so it is important that each individual iris be named. the knives are perfect for that.

Bill

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
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eatsivy

Great idea lakewaylady - esp. the ID in the tines of a fork!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 8:20PM
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merleness

I recently say an idea on Thrifty Fun for plant markers. Use an old mini-blind and cut off the plastic blinds and cut to size. It make oodles and some to share.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 4:26PM
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derby98

Darn!
I just threw away 6 sets of mini blinds a week ago !!!!
They were white too.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 7:13PM
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eatsivy

I'm keeping my eyes curbside for discarded mini-blinds - looking to pick some up. :)

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 1:04AM
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kari(9 fl)

Last weekend I was looking for plant markers and wanted some pretty clay ones. They were all too expensive online so I went to my local craft store and bought sculpty for 1.99 in a terra cotta color and made them. To anchor them in the garden I purchsed stainless steel bbq screwers for 4 for 1.20. That have the metal loop on the end. These were a very economical solution for me.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2009 at 2:40PM
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fluffygrrrl(5)

I saw this yesterday on Gardening by the Yard. Writing on broken shards of terracotta pots. I use cedar wood shims, they are very cheap.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 8:20AM
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luckygal(3b)

Lakewaylady, I like your idea of using old cutlery for plant markers and will definitely use that idea. TFP I think stainless steel cutlery would work better than silver as it doesn't tarnish. There's lots of that for sale in YS's.

I've used a ceramic paint pen to write on old plates with the name of the plant. It's really best suited to a cottage garden tho. The plates are baked so the writing is very durable.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 10:34PM
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lakewaylady

I hit the jackpot at my local Salvation Army Thrift store. I paid $3.00 for 86 flat handle stainless steel knives and that doesn't even count the large handful of assorted spoons and forks that also could be put to use. Think I am set for life!
In the past I have tried the mini-blinds and found they get brittle and snap quite easily. The knives should hold up quite well under the heavy blanket of snow that northern NH gets.
Hope your growing season has been better than ours....we had a huge amount of rain and everything is about 6 weeks late in growing (if it didn't rot first). Slugs have been very happy. :(

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 8:57AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

If you have access to river rock, which I do (idiot landscaper put it in the side yards and I hate it)! Consider writing with indelible ink on the rock, and putting it on the ground next to the plant, or in the container.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 12:10PM
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cowgirl2

Old blinds with pencil or china marker last all season here.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 6:19PM
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