Help! Winter Sow Lables Lost

sureturtleMarch 27, 2007

Hi, Happy spring!

Yesterday I went outside to check on my pots of winter sowed seeds. To my horror, all the seed names I wrote with a permenant marker on the sides the milk jugs were gone! Now I am left with 4 jugs of uncertain identities. None of them is sprouting, yet.

What is the best thing I can do now?

I seeded one jug with pink foxglove, one with yellow foxglove, one with Dwarf Shasta Daisy, and one with Veronica Royal Blue. If I could identify the true leaves of each plant after they emerge, maybe I still could know which is which. ButI am not sure of the looks of these true leaves.

How do you label your winter sowing? Any advice on identifying the current lost labels is also greatly appreciated.


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kristal(3b MN)

Two words: Grease Pencil

Nothing else stays on the containers or tape for me, so I hunted these down at an office supply store. As for your unlabeled jugs, surprises are fun!!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 6:01PM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

There is a description of foxglove here, and a picture of some leaves - it mentions "In the first year a rosette of leaves, but no stem", which is exactly what I remember from the year I raised foxglove seedlings.

Here's a page that shows a pretty good picture of veronica leaves

And here's a site that has a pretty good image showing shast daisy leaves

If anyone can find better pics, please add them for sureturtle. I searched for a while and these were about the best I could find.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 10:53PM
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Thank you both, Kristal and jel48. Thanks for searching the pictures of the plants' foliage. That is very kind of you.

I'll keep fingers crossed and hope for the best.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 11:48AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

I mark mine with the markers I will be using when I plant them. Either window blinds cut and marked with a paint pen or this year I am trying out "Impress-O-Tags" that I ordered from Prairie Moon Nursery. They are metal tags that you use a pen or pencil to press the name into them.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 1:19PM
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julie_mn(z4 MN Henn)

I use pencil on cut up mini blinds in the containers.
You may have to wipe off the dirt to read them- but I have some markers over 3-4 years old that I can still read!
I tried paint pens- but they will chip away over time.
Cheap and easy!
Check out "The Seed Site" for great images of pods, seeds, and sprouts! You may have to wait to figure out which Foxglove are which till they bloom- but if you only know them by their bloom color- you may never be able to identify them fully. I have about 3 VERY different "Yellow" foxglove- that I still worry myself over just what they truly are.... Until I just stop- and enjoy their simply being there-

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 10:59PM
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