Labels for seed pots
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:10:31 PST
Jane wrote:
> I use these labels too, because they're readily available here, but
> they become brittle after about 3 years exposed to sunlight.
> I usually bury the pencil-written plastic label in the pot and use an
> embossed aluminum Dymo label for above-ground use. The Dymo metal
> labels are expensive and tedious to make, but they will outlast any plant.

Jane has a lot more sun than I do on the coast, so mine last a bit longer.
 But I've solved that problem by writing the information on the top part
of the label and putting the plant name on the bottom part of the label. 
I can't tell you how many times I've been saved by doing that.

I don't have Jane's patience to deal with Dymo labels or anything else, so
I just renew the labels as needed when I repot or fertilize or add more
soil mix.  So far that has been my most efficient method.  I have also
begun to get the pot labels that have a square for information at the top
and stick one in each flat so I can tell at a glance whether it's a flat
of white Ipheion or whatever.  I use a grease pencil for these as the
black line is thicker, more readable and lasts a very long time.

I should explain that I have a nursery, so some of my comments regarding
methods may not be appropriate under other circumstances.

Robin Hansen
Hansen Nursery
North Bend, Oregon

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