Dave, I tried the silver Sharpie too, but it faded ( but my plants were in the sun). That's why I use the deco-marker. It's paint, not ink, so is very permanent. Writing on the pots is so much faster than using labels. Easy to see the information, too- just turn the pot. Susan The other thing I recently discovered, while repotting and/or potting on several hundred different plants, was the silver colored ink pen made by Sharpie. Rather than set plants in groups, thinking that I'll make the labels shortly (which of us hasn't said THAT), I just wrote on the pot. The ink (more like paint) seems to be quite permanent, easy to read, and since I plunge most of my pots in sawdust, won't fade from the sun. I don't have to worry about stopping work to write labels. I can easily go back and write labels when I can't be outside or when not so busy. Dave Brastow Tumwater,Washington - Back in the 40s F., after a week below freezing - 3 nights at 6 F. I hope something survived.