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momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

February 25, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9431673

Looking for suggestions on how to mark my Iris this year. Tags have faded or gone missing in years past. I have heard of paint pens, do they work ? What kind of markers do you use? What do you write with? Thanks in advance for the suggestions. :)


Erin

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

February 26, 2013
9:55 AM

Post #9432417

ive been having the same problem, we use the white stick tags that come in a roll that nursery's use for tomato plants and things vendors use in plastic containers, but the marker fades out, they get pulled out by birds and animals, or they get brittle and snap after a couple seasons. the last two years we tried copper metal garden tags on the historic iris, but the marker fades out even faster on those, and even the paint pens fade. We were told by member harloiris that where he lives in montana they have livestock and feed stores for ranchers that you can buy a kind of black marker they use to mark cattles ears with, that will not wash off tags even after years of rain. he stated the metal tags in the ground hes had for 20+ years snaped of in the ground from weathering and tarnish before the cattle marker ink will fade. ive found that the permanant black markers that have the red tops as opposed to the black top ones last longer too. i would imagine its even harder to keep up with your tags as i viewed your trade list and you have a huge fantastic collection of tons of iris, daylilies, and asiatic and orientpet lilies! let me know if you ever trade for a fan of Cleopatra, thats such an awesome historic daylily weve wanted for sometime. we see you have some arilbred iris like Butterfly Wings, we have an arilbred thats actually called 'Nineveh' maybe you would eventually like to trade for. Sandra
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2013
9:05 PM

Post #9435100

I am trying this method-spoons are cheap at dollar store and just need a steady hand for woodburning.

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MileHighGardner
Keenesburg, CO
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9435230

I'm going to try metal tags this year. The plastic one I used 2 years ago are faded and easily broken. The best source for the 11 1/2" one were either ebay or from Superstition Gardens. Superstition is on facebook. In their catalogue they have the best price for 200 of them. I'm going to try and get the markers discussed above as well.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2013
7:46 AM

Post #9435369

yes, I have them on my fb page. I will look! Thank you!!
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9435375

I don't see where the markers are on Superstition Iris Gardens fb page. Could you help me out. Do they have a website?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 1, 2013
8:53 AM

Post #9435432

they no longer post pics on old web site as the people now running it make people who tune in pay money. So they have a facebook page: facebook.com//superstitionirisgardens

They have metal plant markders 100 for $36 + 11.75 shipping

We use metal markers from a local garden center & brothers tape for the label. They last several yrs. Never had trouble with birds pulling them out of the ground, although they have been destroyed by deer walking through the beds.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2013
10:27 AM

Post #9435523

I have a ptouch and may just stick with that. I did see their fb page. I did find some that were $31 and right around their for shipping.

Thank You!

Erin
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2013
11:46 AM

Post #9435578

wondering if their will be or is a co-op for the eon plant markers? anyone know?
mclowdis
Minneola, KS
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2013
10:04 PM

Post #9437067

If you are a wine drinker, I saw a cool idea in a magazine of using bamboo scewers, sticking them in a cork, and writing the labels on the cork. I plan on trying that this year:)
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9437174

thats a good idea! I don't drink wine but have many friends that do! :)

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

March 3, 2013
8:02 AM

Post #9437380

if Superstion Iris has these tags we would highly reccomend them, anything they have is amazing, we dont use facebook as we feel it is dangerous to have a site where all of your personal info, relatives, friends and life story and interests are viewed at the click of a mouse though, so we got their papar catalog in the mail, ordered some historics last year and they sent us bulbs bigger than your fist! mammoth giants of the healthiest quality probably anywhere in the US. :-)
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2013
8:12 AM

Post #9437388

how do I get a copy of their catalog?
mclowdis
Minneola, KS
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2013
8:33 AM

Post #9437418

The size of the rhizomes coming off the west coast does not mean they are healthier. They have a longer growing season in California which causes big rhizomes. They still have as much of a chance of dieing as anywhere else you get them.

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

March 3, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9437431

if you order something from rick and roger at Superstition they'll send you one for free, otherwise its a couple dollars, you would still have to go to their facebook website to view the pictures though which is kinda crappy, i would get the catalog and then look up ones your interested in online. also i agree that largest rhizomes dont always mean best or healthiest but wait till you see Rick's bulbs you will drool. Also many historic bulbs from different vendors are sickly or have some form of leaf spot. To have historics like Supestition sells that are just as big and healthy and spotless as right of the line brand new 2012 cultivars is amazing. the king midas bulb my son got from him was almost double the size of my fist and new foliage on all glowing silver green right now in february.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2013
8:57 AM

Post #9437435

I'll check it out and if I want to know something I'll shoot them a message on fb! thanks
mclowdis
Minneola, KS
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2013
9:03 AM

Post #9437439

They do sound really good, just needed to hear evaluation other than size. Thank you for the heads up, I think I'll take a look at a catalog too:)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 3, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9437711

Really people! they are not Bulbs! Not an interchangable term with rhizomes (though easier to spell). We have dealt with Superstition for years & recommend them highly!

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

March 3, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9437752

bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes althought not true bulbs like daffodils or tulips. I have seen the term rhizome defined as a bulb that grows side ways..go figure. picky.. picky :-)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 3, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9437897

yes, but the bulbus irises (Dutch & iris reticulata) are different from the rhizomes, which are actually food storage stems. I am happier with the correct term, picky though it may be. ☺

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

March 3, 2013
6:15 PM

Post #9437918

you are right! fair enough..ill simply say Superstition has healthy iris 'fans', thats a four letter word im literate enough to spell mwhaha lol. :-)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 3, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9437920

themikesmom

themikesmom
Concord, NC

March 8, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9443060

you can view Superstiton's new 2013 catalog and all of the photos now as of February on facebook real easy without a facebook page. go to their site facebook site and click on the new orange picture cover with the state of California logo on it near the top of the page for the 2013 catalog.

you can view all the pictures now at this link [HYPERLINK@www.facebook.com]
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2013
1:46 PM

Post #9482683

Hi! I order metal labels from Pawpaw label company (really good prices!) I also have a ptouch label maker, and I use the clear labels. This is their third year outside, and some have been trampled by my dog, played with by squirrels, or stepped on by me. But I just straighten them out and put them back together and they are as good as new! I have been slowly labeling all my perennials-makes them so easy to find in the spring, and it looks nice, too.

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luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2013
2:09 PM

Post #9510805

I have had problems for years with labels. I have used various kinds of materials including gallon milk jugs cut into strips. Nothing lasts forever. I have used acrylic crochet yarn around the rhizome if I just wanted to mark the color. I got my start in 69 when an Iris Lady gave me a start. She marked them with a black permanent marker on the leaves. I have marked on the rhizome and leaves but nothing works real well. Generally if I get them marked, when I plant them I can remember which ones are which. Good luck. Luciee {;^)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 6, 2013
7:34 PM

Post #9511222

maps hlp as well, a technique we should use & don't.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2013
1:05 PM

Post #9512067

I had my yard all mapped out at one time. I liked it. That may be what is niggeling me in the back of my mind now-a-days. I do not know where the map went. Then I started the labeling and never did get back to maps. I do not know anyone else who used a map, but I liked it. Luciee {;^)
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 8, 2013
2:29 AM

Post #9512831

Been using the the aluminum markers from Paw-paw and PT labels and they lasts forever.
For temporary markers I use cut up plastic venetian blinds with china markers which can be bought in a fabric store.

Belle
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 13, 2013
6:40 PM

Post #9519538

Can I cut up a soda can into strips and use a nail to "write" on it, and then all I need to find is something to fasten it to and stake it. Would that work?
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2013
7:47 PM

Post #9519622

Thats an interesting idea FrillyLily!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 13, 2013
8:01 PM

Post #9519633

http://serenityinthegarden.blogspot.com/2013/03/great-plant-labels-homemade-from-soda.html


http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-durable-plant-markers/


http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf39410479.tip.html

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf39410479.tip.html

http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/03/aluminum-can-plant-markers.html
crowrita1
Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9519917

The only downside I can see, is thre edges of that can material are thin enough to be SHARP. So be careful of cuts!...Arlyn
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2013
7:45 AM

Post #9520071

I wonder if the edges could be sanded or filed a little? I would think it sharp enough to cause a cut needing stitches for sure. I will experiment with this maybe later in the year and report back!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9524232

I use the old blinds off my windows cut into whatever size I want and write on them with pencil. So far the ones I put out last July when I returned from Calif are still there and I'm able to read them. I'm thinking about getting a label machine and making labels to attach to my tags.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 17, 2013
5:56 PM

Post #9524291

We use a Brothers machine. I use a graphite pencil for tags on crosses.
taylordaylily
Hamilton, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9524382

I just found this forum and thought I would share my idea I am trying this year. I have cleaned many rocks and I am painting the names of my DL's this year. I have tried many things and critters or weather seem to make short work of all of my tags. I have used acrylic paint and sealing with a clear coat.
Bless You all.
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9524780

sounds great! Love all of the ideas! :)
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9525170

taylordaylily, great idea. I paint rocks to look like animals with acrylic paint and clear coat sealer. I'll have to try putting plant names on some and see how well they hold up.
taylordaylily
Hamilton, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9525214

Thank You! I may have gotten the idea from you. I saw some very pretty rocks someone had painted here on DG. They gave me the idea to use them for name tags. I will post some pictures as soon as I figure out what is wrong with camera. It was fun and cheap. Can't beat that!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9525298

I've been doing it for many years now. I don't seal them. They hold up very well but can easily be written over if they start to fade.

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taylordaylily
Hamilton, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9525300

Your look great! You make lovely letters with paint. My 7 year old son helped me. It was fun. Thank You for sharing!
momoftwo607
Nineveh, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9525306

Pirl, what do you use to write with on the rocks?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9525307

Thank you. It's fun to do on a snowy day and kids love to help. If anyone makes a mistake there's still the other side that can be used.

I also write on flat rocks to alert me to the fact that I don't have a vacancy but a huge root! It's fun to look back when that garden was first planted and see it now that it's jam packed!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2013
6:37 PM

Post #9525308

A Sharpie. There are all kinds of Sharpies so select the point you like best.

Here's the fine point.

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taylordaylily
Hamilton, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9525325

Sharpie would be a lot faster and less mess. Great Idea! Thank You so much. I have tons of rocks on my property. I find more every time I dig a new garden bed. I have a heavy clay soil and it has rocks galore in it. With a sharpie I could label my garden in no time. Thank You so much!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9525329

You're quite welcome. It pays to practice for spacing on spare rocks. The smoother the rock, the easier it is to write.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2013
9:44 AM

Post #9525814

For the cut up soda can and sharp edges--they make a rubber coating colored dip to use on hand tools. We used to sell it at Walmart but it was dropped. I'm guessing you could still find it at a full on hardware store. I had seen it in black, yellow, red and blue.

Colored paint pens would work too on the rocks--they still have those at walmart in the craft dept. I work in sporting goods and stationary so I can say that there are some multicolor packs of sharpies too. Even have a 4 pk of neons this year:lol:
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2013
8:13 AM

Post #9528284

I used sharpies and paint pens on the window blinds that I use for tags and both washed off after one winter of rain and snow.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9528350

No matter what kind of marking pens I've used on blind slats, the ink just doesn't last. I've used them in pots of lilies and even though I make sure the slat faces the outside of the pot and that the slat faces north it doesn't help. If I can read a few letters I can make a good guess at the name but wood slats work much better with the paint.

Bamboo must be the worst. They look nice but the writing fades so fast and the bamboo rots.

I'll get a photo of a wood label today.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2013
1:53 PM

Post #9530080

Cedar lasts the longest around here and the Sharpie does a good job on them. The smoother the wood, the easier it is to write. These are around 8 or 9" long and about 1.5 to 2" wide.

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mosaiclady
Evergreen Park, IL

October 1, 2013
8:25 AM

Post #9674983

I got some from Gardeners Supply and am happy with them. Got tired of accidentally digging up my bulbs when I put out annuals in the summer and forgot where the bulbs were.
Here's a photo. Their address is gardeners.com.

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orchid40
Melbourne
Australia

October 13, 2013
4:55 AM

Post #9684733

I use a Dymo label maker. The labels stick well on to plastic or metal. I have the metal tags on 2 spikes or white plastic strips cut from board joiners. Both work well but the Gremlins come and move them into the wrong places occasionally. Well, that's my story anyway! Lol

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