Best Plant Markers Ever!!!

leafericson(6)March 18, 2014

So.. I was a my local home depot picking up some peat moss and I thought I might check to see if they had any plant labels. Well they did.. $5 bucks for a pack of 20 burpee plant markers, what a rip off!
I've always used all sorts of things for markers like: popsicle sticks, cut out sour cream containers, even laundry detergent containers. Lots of work cutting them up.
Walking around the hardware store I was passing the window blinds and it occurred to me.. duh...
WINDOW BLINDS!!!
For around $4.25 I now have hundreds and hundreds of easy to make plant markers!
Just thought I'd share this with everyone.
Hope this little tip helps.
Eric.

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kentishman

I agree. I had some old mini blinds that were going to the dump. Instead, I use them for plant labels.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:07PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

In Florida, window blinds go brittle and ink fades both within 1-2 seasons. Best markers ever area aluminum strips cut from soda cans. Plant ID marked/written with ballpoint impression in the aluminum. NEVER fade or crumble. They are good forever.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:19PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

In Florida, window blinds go brittle and ink fades both within 1-2 seasons.
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One season is long enough for me. B/c I am not going to find that old label for a given plant of the same name, anyway. The only thing is fading away the ink. But I have heard Sharpi's industrial permanent markers won't fade.

I get my stick FREE from the drape/blind section at home depot, from the custom trimings. The often have bucket full of it.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 10:55PM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

I've been using Popsicle sticks and ball point pen. it still seems to fade, or get moldy. or in some cases do both. I have one that I have no idea what it is because I couldn't read the label. I might have to try the window blinds.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 12:28AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

A lot of marking, for me, is just for germinating and seedling stage. For example I germinate 4 different kinds of eggplants. Once they start fruiting I don't need a tag because I know them from their fruits. Or I know parsley from basil, etc. In this process, popsicle sticks will do.

But with the peppers and tomatoes which most of them are new to me I will need a tag to last all season, in case I want save seeds from them. For this application I need more durable tags. Plastic ones marked with sharpis permanent is good choice.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:41AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm still utilizing an old set of aluminum mini blinds saved for over twenty years. I prefer to use a grease pencil to mark them.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 4:23AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm still utilizing an old set of aluminum mini blinds saved for over twenty years. I prefer to use a grease pencil to mark them.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 4:52AM
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tomt226

I just rip 1X material 1/4" thick, then rip that in half to 3/4", and have all I want from one or two drops from projects.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:20AM
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cghpnd

I absolutely love using whatever I can to make them. Laundry detergent Bottles, Milk jugs, soda cans, blinds the kids (or I) ruined etc.
last year I did them so neatly and carefully, this year its not uniformed at all, some are huge some are small.

I'm glad to see others doing it too.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:40AM
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kuvaszlvr

Well, I hate to admit it, but for the last 20 yrs I've used the aluminum rose labels with grease pens. They last forever (unless I accidentally till them up, they still work, just not as pretty). I think the blinds would be easier, make new ones every year instead of having to sort and spent time searching for each label every spring.
Pam

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:15AM
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leafericson(6)

I also use the sharpie super permanent marker. I find that they don't fade as much.
These window blinds are so cheap I think I can use a hole puncher on them to attach them directly to the plant later on when they get bigger.
Eric.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 12:27PM
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sandysgardens

IâÂÂve been using vinyl blinds for years. I usually find them for a buck or two at the goodwill or garage sales. I also get the scraps at the hardware stores (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.). As I watch TV I cut them up. Mindless work while watching a show.

I've used water proof markers, garden markers, paint, etc. to label them in the past. About 6 years ago I switched to using a pencil. I have tags labeled with a pencil out in the flower gardens that are 6 years old. I write on both sides as well. For larger labels in the veggie garden to mark rows, I use 12" blind pieces and label with a label from the label maker. I've been reusing the veggie row markers for years.

If I have aluminum blinds then I use a grease pencil - works great on those.

Sandy

This post was edited by sandysgardens on Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 15:00

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 1:33PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Grease pencil, huh? Who'd'a thought it? I've been afraid that it would rub off.

I have used Sharpie permanent on various plastics and aluminum rose tags and the materials last well. The exposed writing fades within the year.

BUT the writing that is under the surface is like new. Apparently it is exposure to the sun/air that does in the marker. So now I write an abbreviation on the part above the soil and more info on the part below. If (when) the label becomes illegible I pull it up and re-write or make a new label from the preserved info.

YMMV
Dennis

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:27PM
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esox07 (4b)

Excellent idea. Thanks for the tip.
Bruce

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 3:31PM
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leafericson(6)

Sandy, I too have used pencil in the past and surprisingly it seems to stay forever. Who would of ever thought? However it it difficult for me to read. I wish someone would tell sharpie to put some carbon in their permanent markers to make it last.

Dennis, that's a really great idea about putting the name on the part that is below the soil line, I may try that. Thanks.
I went to Walmart the other day and found that they have permanent silver and gold paint markers. They work good and I think they will not fade since it is paint but they do take quite a few minutes to dry and are hard for me to see on a white background. Wish I could find the same type of paint markers in black...
Eric.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:39PM
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obchili

Sure, thanks for the tips. Only a couple of weeks too late. LOL. Just did a basement clean-up and wanna guess what I threw out.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:00PM
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aleciabane

For a long time i has been using wood-made and self-made plant markers that make me more comfordable in budget. And even I try to make markers itself own using old spoon from my home. IdealGardenMarkes help me more for using idea of making plant markers and seeding plants.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 2:17AM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

I hear that plastic knives work great too as markers. I myself use the free white samples of plastic lowes provides on some of their products (blinds, paints, flooring, etc) cut into strips and marked with permanent ink.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 12:41PM
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beesneeds(zone 6)

I've used all sorts of things with greater or lesser success.

Plastic blinds have been great. This year I have a surplus of recycled cottage cheese and sour cream containers, so I have been cutting those up.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 12:49PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

I just posted this over on Garden Junk, same topic.
These are my favorites but there's some great ideas on pinterest, search there for garden markers diy or plant markers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant markers

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 12:54PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

For material, I use old plastic blinds. I have tons of it.
For marking, I use Sharpie Permanent marker. It last longer than enough for me. My last years tags are still out there and fully readable.

Seysonn

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 1:26PM
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obchili

This year I made my list on a computer and numbered each variety. Then I used the same program and made up 1" tall numbers (2 of each as I am planting 2 of each variety), cut them out just past the edges, placed them in laminatinf film and laminated them with about 1" extra on 1 side to punch a hole into and than will tie them to the stem of each. I will also have my master list laminated when all my seeds are sown. Relatively cheap and durable, weather resistant. Reusable shoul you desire as well.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 4:39PM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

obchilli, I hope you'll cut me some slack because I take notes on gardening but you take the cake!

This year I made my list on a computer and numbered each variety.
Then I used the same program and made up 1" tall numbers
cut them out just past the edges,
placed them in laminatinf film and laminated them with about 1" extra on 1 side
punch a hole into and than will tie them to the stem of each.
I will also have my master list laminated when all my seeds are sown.

Care to post the Xcell sheet?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 6:37PM
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scorpion_john(6)

Paul,

I like the link.. I don't even take notes, I remember what i remember.

The number thing would be very simple though,numbers could be re-used every year just change the list. Might suck having to refer back to the list all the time though

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 6:14AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Everybody gets comfortable with a system after a while.

I use 2 sizes of tags : One for seedling stage.Those are small enough for 3" pots, under light. When I move them outside I make bigger/longer tags ( ~ 8"). These stay with the plants til the end of season.

Seysonn

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 10:54AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I went to Walmart the other day and found that they have permanent silver and gold paint markers. They work good and I think they will not fade since it is paint but they do take quite a few minutes to dry and are hard for me to see on a white background. Wish I could find the same type of paint markers in black.

My WM has black paint markers in various widths -- and lots of other colors too. They're in the Craft section; the brand is Elmer's. Try Michael's, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, and other specialty craft stores as well: they're likely to have better quality paint markers than WM.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 11:11AM
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scorpion_john(6)

Seysonn,

Check out Paul's link... it applies equally too you.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 11:16AM
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sdambr(7b)

Northeast_chileman, thanks for the link. Problem solved :)

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 11:40AM
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sdambr(7b)

Northeast_chileman, thanks for the link. Problem solved :)

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 11:43AM
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