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Best Plant Markers Ever!!!

Posted by LeafEricson 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 18, 14 at 20:22

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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RE: Best Plant Markers Ever!!!

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


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / N.Virginia (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 6:40

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.


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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


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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.


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I’ve 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


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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


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  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 15:31

Excellent idea. Thanks for the tip.
Bruce


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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.


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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.


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