missing plant tags

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Tue, 11 Feb 2003 09:53:06 PST
My permanent labels are Dymo aluminum strip labels. You have to buy an
industrial-quality Dymo label-maker (available for about $150, along with
the aluminum and also stainless steel labels, which I haven't tried, from
the A.M. Leonard company - they have a website) and order the tape by mail.
My old tool is now worn out and I have to get a new one, but it produced
more than a thousand labels before the "A" disappeared. I attach them with
fairly heavy gauge galvanized wire pins. As insurance, I also bury a
plastic label written on in soft pencil (which lasts longer than any ink)
in the pot or next to the plant in the rock garden. If you bury a label it
does not go as brittle as in sun. The extra information is on the plastic
label, such as the seed source and year sown. These embossed metal labels
are hard to read, especially at a distance, but they are absolutely
indestructible and permanent.

Jane McGary
NW Oregon

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