name tag

Dogrem

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Hi all,
I'm curious to know how you make your name tag for your plants.
I saw that some did not write them by hand with a marker, but rather directly type them on computer (which is much more readable when you have a writing like mine!).
How do you make your name tag and do you have some sort of organization/rules to keep consistency in your collection?

Thanks for sharing
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivore
I am bad at labelling my plants too...
I am really trying to do better...

I have some plastic that I write on in pencil, and I recently purchased some aluminum tags that will imprint with a ballpoint pen. I hope to get some plastic stakes and label my bog with tags in the air. Plastic stake with aluminum on top.
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I use a Brother label printer pt1230pc to print the labels, and then cut them to stick to the 3D printed tag. The downside to this method is that each print has a certain waste to the label, so you would want to group a dozen plant tags to print at once. And yes, the cost would be higher.
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Dogrem

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Now surprise Willy have pro tools haha
I had to search for it but here is what is a Brother thing:

Later I'll maybe get one when I'll have tone of plants hehe
Thanks for sharing
 

Hal

Plant
Staff member
I write with pencil on a white plastic tag. Pencil is the only thing I've found that resists fading in light. I put the source of the plant and date it was potted on the back. When I repot I add that date, so eventually there's a sequence of dates on the back showing me when the plant has been repotted.

That's just for the mother plant. If I'm propagating sometimes they just get a tag with initials written on it.
 

WillyCKH

CPSC Moderator
Staff member
I write with pencil on a white plastic tag. Pencil is the only thing I've found that resists fading in light. I put the source of the plant and date it was potted on the back. When I repot I add that date, so eventually there's a sequence of dates on the back showing me when the plant has been repotted.

That's just for the mother plant. If I'm propagating sometimes they just get a tag with initials written on it.
It's true. Even sharpie marker ink tends to fade after a while, pencil is very robust.
 

Peatmoss

Sprout
I'm also in the pencil camp (as of recently) I used to use permanent marker on plastic tags, but I can use a soft lead (6B) pencil on the same ones and they can be scrubbed with a scouring pad and re-used, which saves on plastic. I've had trouble with the white tags in the past getting super brittle after a few years, and the ones I've switched to recently (can't find the brand name, I get them at Ritchies Feed and Seed) come in variety of colours and are supposed to be light resistant, but we'll see about that. None of this helps the fact that my handwriting is largely unreadable. Writing the date of repotting on the back of the tags is a great idea, I'll have to start doing that.
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivore
The other method I used, was using aluminum forestry tags from 0000 - 1000 to label my pollinated flowers. No, I didn't have 1000 flowers...

What i did, was keep a registry on paper elsewhere which related to all the numbers, then come harvest time, it was easy to cut up my registry and put them with the seeds, voila, labelled.
 

Sib

Carnivore
I use a number system like you for seed sowing. Number is written on the pot and the parents are put on an excel spread sheet. Later on in life when i go to pot up exceptional ones i go to the list and get the cross.
 

Atom

Sprout
I saw someone using yogurt tubs (larger size) cut into strips as white plastic labels. Haven't tried it myself, but thought it was a great idea!
 

Hal

Plant
Staff member
I saw someone using yogurt tubs (larger size) cut into strips as white plastic labels. Haven't tried it myself, but thought it was a great idea!
I used to do that. You have to rough them up with sandpaper to get the pencil to stick.
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivore
Just this morning, I cut an extra vinyl blind off the bottom of some blinds at home, and scuffed it with sandpaper. Cheap, and easy to get, but... Not sure how long the pencil and or marker will hold, so I'm double annotating. Permanent marker on one side, and pencil on the other
 
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