Thought I'd throw in my two cents worth. The way I combat broken, faded and critter dislodged labels is to write the information on the label twice, the top inch having enough information to identify the plant, sowing date and source. When I plant seed, I snip off this top portion and put it into the bottom of the pot. It doesn't fade underground. The other trick to the labels, is that I write the first four letters of the genus and the first four of the species across the top of the remaining portion of the label, on each side. This is the only part sticking out of the soil, so the rest of the information remains pliable and readable. Yes, it's a bit of extra work, but I don't lose information, at least not without doing something stupid (who, me?) 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.