Plant Labels

Plant markers 04.21.15
Fellow Hometalker Erica Glasener and I visited a new nursery together today and inevitably brought back a few plants. I bought a cardoon, which will grow into a large, spiky, distinctive plant. I'll put it by the street and I'm sure my neighbors will ask what it is.

My question is this: What are some interesting ideas for a label?

I'm not fond of plastic or wooden what have you used that worked well?

  • Oliver Teske
    Oliver Teske Saint Paul, MN
    Use garden stakes attached to old clay pots or plastic containers
  • Mary Pinson
    Mary Pinson Greenville, SC
    Use old popsicle sticks or the tags off of bread bags
  • Steve G
    Steve G Fort Collins, CO
    BeckySue, those are pretty. I have done really ugly versions of that before to mark plants, but these are great.
  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    Look at this idea I stumbled across... twig markers!!
  • Julie G
    Julie G Chardon, OH
    I've found that paint pens last even longer than permanent markers... you find them in the craft aisle of most big box stores, or at any place that sells art supplies
  • Donna
    Donna Zebulon, NC
    Try discarded mini blinds, You cut them at an angle so they are easy to push in the soil. Mark with permanent ink...will last one season and then you can reuse them on new plants or just blind makes many, many markers
  • Donna Marie P
    Donna Marie P Buffalo, NY
    My Papa use to go through the neighborhoods and parks with his special fork looking tool and pick cardoons by the bagful and then we'd eat them breaded and fried or cooked with olive oil and garlic or in a frittata alone or with fried potatoes mmmm takes
  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    Kelly...these tags used at the botanic gardens are aluminum strips about 1/2 " wide and 3" long or so. They "stamp" them with metal punches. then these are attached to a post or the tree\e / whatever with a short piece of wire.
  • Kelly H
    Kelly H Wichita, KS
    @KMS Woodworks I have not heard of the metal you refer to... ??
  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    The botanic garden "stamped" metal will last forever...that's one main reason they use that type.
  • Southern Trillium LLC
    Southern Trillium LLC Stone Mountain, GA
    What is the best way to make a long lasting plant tag/label? I am looking for something that will not need re-writing every few years. I have heard people mention copper, zinc, plastic, and stainless steel items. I have also heard people mentioning
  • Ellen H
    Ellen H Cullman, AL
    Saw this at a public garden - flat stone with name painted on. Thought it was a great idea.
  • Lorraine D
    Lorraine D Huntington Woods, MI
    I use paint sticks from the paint store, then I laminate a pick of the seed packet or a pick of the plant and just hot glue it to the stick and stick in dirt. Cheap and easy!
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