Plant labeling

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Snowboar

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Plant labeling
« on: October 02, 2022, 10:52 »
Hi all does anyone have any tips on labeling every time the writing always weathers off I use sharpie pens mainly thank 👍

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2022, 11:34 »
After years of trying I just use a HB pencil, plus cleaning off is so much easier. For plants in the garden I use a brother labeller a bit like the old dynamo ones but this is electronic. Lldll have them every now & then about £20.
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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2022, 11:43 »
I just use the white plastic labels and use an HB  pencil on them.
That stays on clearly for the whole growing season in the greenhouse, indoors and outside growing conditions.
I bought the last batch from the pound shop four years ago and I have cleaned them each season.
Cleaned them all again last month for next year. Just a quick light scourer scrub in cold water does it for me.
Only about a dozen or so of the hundred or so I bought then have gone brittle. So not as I have added much plastic to the world.

Been doing that for many years too and in the past found it was about three years that most became brittle, but this last batch seems to be holding out a lot better.

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2022, 13:43 »
I find edding pens much better than sharpies for non porous material. For wood you need a paint based pen or pencil

 lolly sticks to write on now. However I don't need them to last all season, only until I put them in the ground so I don't mix up seedlings. If I have different varieties next to each other I'll take a picture at planting time so I can refer to it if I jeed to know in the future which variety is where.

I've also reused the plastic ones until they become unusable
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Snowboar

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2022, 00:07 »
Iíve got a brother labeling machine Iíll try it didnít think it would take the Yorkshire weather also did you all say the pencil will take the weather on the white plastic labels thanks all

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2022, 08:19 »
Yes to both, I tend to face the writing towards the plant out in the garden to protect it from the sun.

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2022, 10:55 »
I use black chinagraph pencils because I remember using them when I started work to write on glassware such as test tubes and they only came off when washing in hot water.
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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2022, 19:22 »
Sharpies work fine but you have to make sure you get the oil based ones not the normal ones  ;)
I normally get them from Amazon but failing that paint markers last almost a year as well

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Re: Plant labeling
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2022, 22:31 »
For seedlings, I have started writing directly on to the seed tray or on some masking tape in any pen or pencil and stick it on, then it can be easily removed/replaced.

Outside, my problem is more with birds or foxes trashing them, whatever I use. I keep a chart in the shed of what is planted where and when, as a back-up. It's easier to view anyway once everything is outside.



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