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Which Dymo, John? I think it's the Dymo100 and up that are good for plant labels. They need the special tape for outdoor use. I had a Dymo and it did very well but the thing started acting up after a year or so. Certain letters would not come out or they would print an entirely different letter.
I just got a new P-Touch label maker last fall and so far it seems to be working great. You can also use pencil or a china marker on the galvanized labels. I think the permanent markers hold better on them than plastic too. I use the "C" cap style markers. Those and the rose markers are great for daylilies. The single staff markers are the worst.
I've been using zinc markers for several years and am very happy with them. I write on them with a regular "lead" pencil and the writing doesn't fade or wear off. It's not nearly as dark as magic marker but it's fine with me. The graphite of the "lead" causes the zinc to corrode a little and that etches the writing shallowly into the zinc.
I use the zink plant labels from everlast, the cap labels. and I have a ptouch 550 and use the clear tape with black ink, I've tried a permenant marker and a paint pen both don't last in the sun. someone told me the clear tape with black ink holds up in the sun, so I'm trying this this year.
I was to a gardening symposium over the weekend. The lady uses AVERY weatherproof labels & a computer printer on metal stakes! She says they've stayed for 2.5 years now. She also reccommended the Martha Stewart garden marker from KMART.
21" tall zinc nameplate is 1 1/4" x 3 1/2".
I prefer to use the Avery Weatherproof labels in
addition to the zinc markers.
You can print the labels on your computer,
typing nice and neat, several lines to include
all the information needed.
After you've typed your info, just print and stick them
on a nice clean marker. Wa-la!
The labels are:
Avery WeatherProof White Labels #5520.
They are 1" x 2 5/8".
From my source, the stickers run .03 each.
They come 30 labels per sheet, 50 sheets.
You can also use them for address labels,
pot labels, etc.
Combining the two averages out to about .39 each,
too bad you can't order just what you need, though.
The way I look at it, the labels last for years,
the stickers make them nice and neat, easily read,
clean, crisp and nice looking. Who knows, you may
one day be an AHS display garden.
Shipping is always free with orders over $25.00.
They have sales all the time and you get free stuff
when you purchase certain items, you just have to
scan the catalogs when they come to see if what you
use the most of is on sale or comes with a bonus.
I stock up when the price is right.
The last order I placed for these came to $50.38 for
I bought a Brothers P-touch 2500 pc labeler, during the winter. It does a great job making labels up to 1"...in your choice of colors. I get the labels from a fellow on e-bay, and they are much cheaper that way.
The labeler hooks up to the computer, so you can copy and paste info. onto it!
I really like it! Very permanent labels! that I put on the EOS, metal stakes.
Here are some markers I use. This is a ONE TIME MARKER!! Made of a plasctic used for signs, I engrave them then write in the engraved area with a paint pen. I use solid core plastic coated clothesline wire for the stakes. One woman I know has used these for 10+ years and they look as good as mine do still to this day. This will be the last marker you'll ever have to use. That in it's self is worth alot.
The thing I like most about them is that they don't stick out like a sore thumb. They get lost in the foliage quite well so as not to detract from the plant. And tough!! I clamped one in a vise at work and started putting pressure on it and never did break just sort of bent over. Very durable.
The lady that introduced me to them lives in Paducah,Ky. Her nephew is a sign maker and sells wholesale. This stuff is high. It's 15.00 per sheet 24"x18". I can get 84 out of a sheet and there is a 10 sheet minimum. Be better off to go to a local sign maker and see if they carry it. Not sure what type of plastic it is but is easy to work with. The wire is available at Lowes or probably Home Depot as well. It's a 100' roll so I can get 100 out of a roll at $7.00 per roll. I figure I have 24 cents each in them and I'll never have to do it again. I'll see what I can find out about it next time I see her.
I bought 100 from everlast label, size E to use with DLs and have been extremely happy. Use a P-touch labeler, then spray with clear varnish and they seem to last quite well. However, my neighbor has a HUGE dog, and when he or my Lab trample thru my gardens, the metal plates get bent easily from their stepping on them. No big deal as they are easy to straighten out.
However, I would be interested in somebody posting whether the EON brand is a stronger gauge metal. Having said that, if price difference is much, I would stay with Everlast Labels, because, as I said, the everlast metal plates are easy to reshape if bent. Just making an observation.
I think Cheryl did the co op with Everlast didn't she? With pawpaw it's so easy for a couple of people to go together to buy the markers, 500 markers fit perfectly in a flat rate box! ;0) If you get a 1000 you end up paying like 23 cents each for them.
I agree with Vossner, they do bend easily, but, they easily bend back to shape too. I don't know that I have any of the everlast markers to compare them to the pawpaw labels.
Hmmm I need a few hundred more, might not be a bad idea for a small co op.
Yes, I know, and I plan on using them in the vegie garden this year too, just to help keep things straight. My "regular" splitter and I only need 800 between us. Should I post in the co op forum, or just ask here if anyone needs to pick up some.
I did email them, and anything over 1000 is still the 23.95 per hundred price, meaning if someone else wanted to go with us and get 300, we wouldn't have to go all the way to 2000 to get another price break.
I might be interested in 100 if numbers work. so it would be $23.95 shipped to you, plus postage to me, right. Unless it's shipped to me parcel post, cheapest, seems like this is pretty close to me buying directly from them. Is that right?
I'd do the flat rate box, so it would be 8.10 shipping, or total of 32.05. It costs 33.40 to buy from them, so yep, basically the same thing. Now, 200 from our split would be 56.00, and from PawPaw direct it would be 66.80, so a decent savings there.
I just ordered another 300 from Eon this morning. Dawn at Eon said their plates are a little thicker than Everlast. I had asked about a co-op for markers to get the discount, but only one person said anything. If interested her phone is 533-4961.
Everlast only takes snail mail and e-mail orders. I will not leave my charge number in an unsecured e-mail, [I'd rather give it to a person], and snail mail is to slow.
I will get my order by Thursday this way, I don't know how long Everlast would take. I bought several hundred last year, and I think I got a good deal since they are like new after this winter.
Are you doing one thru Everlast? Is there a better price break for over 1000? Just wondering because, until today, I've never ordered in that quantity and I just mailed an order for 1000, that a friend and I are going to split.
I used the all weather labels and they do work well and can put all the info on them but I got lazy with typing and printing so far these labels have lasted 3 years in my garden only a few are showing signs of the edges breaking away and I think that was wasps. I use the metal tags bought on the LA and paint markers those last forever I think also pencil on plastic sunk in the ground I've had some of those here for 10 years plus. I also keep maps just in case and I've actually surprised myself and have been good about keeping them up. On occasion a dog, kid, goose, or duck can knock one off then the map is really helpful.
Yes, the maps are helpful! I had one for my gardens when I lived in WV. I haven't made a map of my gardens here yet. I keep moving things around! Once I figure out where they will stay, I will do the map! I re-marked the plastic tags I have on the daylilies on Saturday, which will help. But I really NEED to do the metal markers with the labels. Thanks!
I got some from 2 co-ops here- one was a much nicer than the other (of course I can't remember who I got them from) anyhow - the nice ones were a heavier gauge and had rounded corners - the other ones were thinner and bend easily and had square (sharp) corners!
I just read sarv48 's post. My order from Eon was about $138 for 300 of the 20'', plus 100 extra plates--to replace those that get nasty. This includes shipping, but no tax since I don't live in Ohio. These are the heavier gauge [ or so I've been told ] with rounded corners. There are quantity discounts, and discounts if you have a business [tax id required]. I have only used these for 2 yrs, so I can't say how long they last, but they are zinc.
Park/Wayside sell their copper ones, but they turn green and crusty, so I'm not sure if that's what you want. I find they bend too easily and look terrible after one season. I guess you could spray them with something to protect them? Just thought I'd let you know.
I got 1000 mini markers from Paw Paw this spring and I'm planning on dipping the marker legs in diluted Plasti-dip to see if that will help keep the legs from corroding. It might be another one of those fruitless tasks that we take on and wonder later why we spent the money but we'll see. I'll let you know how it goes.