General Discussion forum: Plant Markers

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Sep 15, 2015 4:37 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey Zone 7
I wanted to check in to see what type of Plant Markers everyone uses in their Iris gardens,
and what type of Pens. I am using Plastic T-shaped Markers with Sharpie type pens, and am
finding that the Ink is fading. Can anyone make any better recommendations ?
Thanks in advance.
Sep 15, 2015 5:14 AM CST
Name: Judy
north Texas
I use the Kincaid Plant Markers (original heavy stainless steel ones) and the TZE laminated tape with a Brother P-touch printer. They last a LONG time and with no fading. If you want a more homemade route, the pieces of vertical blinds cut down and labeled with paint pens work well.Thumb of 2015-09-15/jlkapps/5dbdfa
Sep 15, 2015 5:23 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey Zone 7
I think I made the mistake of Not using a "Paint Pen". As a result, yesterday I had to go out and replace and re-write a lot of my T-shaped Garden Markers. I bought a box of 100
Markers that came with a pen, however, the pen color was Blue, and it faded rather quickly due to a period of intense heat and sunlight here in New Jersey over the Summer.
So now I know, to use a "Paint Pen". Thanks for the info!
Sep 15, 2015 5:41 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Patrick I use heavy duty zinc markers. They are not as long lived as the stainless steel markers but less expensive and I use a lot of them. I have found that if I write with a carbon pencil it will last for years. I have never lost the name of a plant even if the writing was on a plastic marker. I have a friend that sells her irises and she uses a paint pen on a piece of heavy duty PVC pipe driven in the ground. It is not lovely nor is it easily moved so that would not work for me.
Sep 15, 2015 6:35 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I also use the galvanized markers fro Pawpaw , and labels made on a Dymo labeler......although, for labels left 'out" all spring, summer, and fall...there IS some fading, and , after about 4-5 seasons, that are basically un readableThumb of 2015-09-15/crowrita1/1454ca
Sep 15, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
I use Kincaid markers with labels made on a Brothers P-Touch label-maker. Some of them have been out for six or seven years and are still readable and fine. I leave them out year-round.
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Sep 15, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
We use metal markers & labels with Brothers P=touch labels. A lob of temporary plastic labels went in this year because the old Brothers machine broke & we had to get a new one. the tiny print in the instructions has delayed label making.
Sep 16, 2015 1:56 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz mountains
I've been using the "rose markers" that I've been getting from Paw paw. I started using them back in '89 when I worked for Smith and Hawken and we carried them in the store. I used a soft pencil up until recently, when I switched to TZE labels printed on a Brother's P-touch machine. The black on white labels are easier to read than pencil, but I'm not sure how many years they'll last. I do know that pencil on plastic (or zinc) usually outlives the plastic. If I had it to do over, I'd use the larger markers, as you can use a larger size font. I went with consistency in the garden instead.
Sep 16, 2015 5:04 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
I like consistency when it comes to non plant items in the garden. When I first started buying markers I tried copper and zinc and several sizes. I did not like the hodge podge look and decided on the zinc from paw paw and relegated the other labels to a small back bed where only one type would be used. I don't like pots that are all colors and sizes as well. My potted irises live in purchased pots that are all the same size and color. This way my garden does not look like a nursery or like it is unfinished. When I row the pots up along a bed it looks like I had a plan........ looks like, anyway.
Sep 16, 2015 5:39 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey Zone 7
I'm with you, Bonnie, I potted up all of my Iris rhizomes in the same size pot and color -
and lined them all up on my sidewalk to spend a few weeks in the Summer before transplanting them into the gardens. I had over 25 pots lined up on the sidewalk.
I had to keep running to Home Depot to buy more pots and soil.
Sep 16, 2015 7:35 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey Zone 7
I do like the Kincaid markers, with the labels and UV covers. The Brothers Label Maker and the Brothers P-Touch Printer are rather pricey. Paw-Paw has good products too,
so between Kincaid and Paw-Paw I will find the right Markers for the Iris. Thank you all for your input and suggestions.
May 4, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
Just this year, I purchased the metal rose labels from Paw Paw and got the Brother P-touch labeler and I was very pleased to remove those ugly plastic markers! I should have done this years ago, but now I have a lot of irises and the other method was not working. Now I can read them without having to take out the label to look at them. What a treat!
May 7, 2018 10:27 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I'm "in the process" of replacing the unreadable labels on some of my plant markers....I had originally used the *Dymo brand tape....with an over spray of "supposedly" UV proof clear, I'm using the *Brothers brand tape, as it seems to last much longer !
May 11, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Name: Dave
south central PA, Zone 6a
I use the Brother TZE black on white tape; it has lasted 3 seasons so far, and they are out all year. The label "stands" are the cheap galvanized with copper strip for marking. The galvanized rusts in spots after a couple of years; the copper oxidizes heavily but is mostly covered with the label anyway. Instructions say to write on the copper when on a soft base leaving the name, etc. "etched" into the copper. Of course then reuse is not easy so use the stick on labels.
Jan 21, 2021 12:29 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
I use the Brother TZE black on white tape and the metal rose signs and holders from PawPaw. These labels do not fade like makers or other labels as they are laminated. They stay on summer and winter, so far no fading yet.
Jul 5, 2021 1:54 PM CST
Name: Don West
Victoria, BC
I use plastic T-shaped markers too but my goal is to be able to spot each flower without markers. I'm not ready to do that yet. I really love your markers though. They look way better than mine haha.
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