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Has anyone a good tip for labelling plants. I use the plastic white ones you can buy and use a waterproof permanent marker but the writing still gets washed away.
A good idea is to get some paper and just draw a rough plan of what you have planted and where
Hello Gardening Granny,
A simple pencil works really well on white labels. The best type to use is a soft one, i.e. a B pencil. But hard ones do work too. The writing doesn't get washed off and you can rub it out with an eraser when the crop has finished and reuse the label.
I don't buy labels I cut mine from milk containers. A pencil is a good idea as I also use a permanent marker and find it washes off with the rain.
I have used the white labels with pencil & then wiped the pencil off to reuse.
I now just use some spare cardboard & a pen. Although these will fade/disintergrate, by that time the seeds/plants have grown & been planted out, so for me I don't need to label them any more.
Thank you all for your help with plant labels, I'll try using pencil instead of 'markers' and make a plan of what's where?
I like the idea of making plant labels from old milk containers, i think i will try that, at the moment I am using the plastic white ones but am running out and was thinking of what I could use instead of buying more. Did think of using wooden lolly sticks, has anyone tried them ?
Thanks Lavender Lady I may try wooden lolly sticks and I think they're available in colours so if the name washes off at least I'll know what colour the plant will be?
I only use the white labels in the GH. I keep a detailed plant diary, and alphabetical plant list once they are out in the garden. I make a note of the exact spot ie. behind lavender, and between escallonia and euphorbia right hand border. That way there's no doubt and I can go back to the diary at any time and go straight to the plant. I always take off the labels from the nursery and store in a file , as they usually fade and you can't read them after a while.
I use plastic labels and use a chinagraph pencil doesn't seem to wear off but easily wiped clean to reuse.
Thanks for all your replies. I wonder if anyone has tried to use something where you can burn the name into the material. Perhaps lolly sticks would be a good idea. I have seen them made of ceramic with names on but I bet they are expensive. Tin would also be good and you could hammer dots to make the names although I think tin would also be expensive. What do you all think?
I have tried lollipop sticks, they rotted in the soil and I am still finding bits of them in the garden.
I have cut up old ice cream tubs into 4inch lengths, make ahole with a hole punch,mark with a "sharpie " marker pen and tie onto my plant or canes. this idea works great on my plot.