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At this time of year, many of my plants are being brought inside for the winter. I love all of the beautiful plant markers that can be purchased, but if you have a lot of plants, those markers can get expensive. I save Popsicle sticks to make inexpensive markers. On one side you can write the name of the plant, on the other you can note any specific care information. I've added a second marker to the pot of this plant, an African Mask Elephant Ear, because ALL parts of this plant are poisonous: leaves, stems, and roots! Sometimes I just draw a skull and crossbones! When I first buy juvenile plants, or plants that are simply unfamiliar to me, this is especially important. Just use a permanent marker and you'll find that these markers last quite awhile, while saving you a lot of money.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Tip: I couldn't find a stamp pad, so I had them use washable markers and color on the stamps instead. It works great!
By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA
I have a little container garden and planted seeds in 6 containers. To mark my veggies, I used Popsicle sticks and just put the letter of the veggie planted. You can use both ends, if you want to change your choice of veggies for the next year, also.
By Cyntimental from FL
Need help organizing your seeds? When planting seeds at any time, you don't need to buy expensive planting labels. You can use popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, or window blinds cut into smaller pieces. Use a permanent marker to write what seeds or bulbs you are planting and always know where everything is.
I've used plastic silverware and plastic miniblinds for plant markers. When you write on them with permanent marker like a Sharpie, the writing fades in the sun. Plain old lead pencil works best and lasts for years.
This video shows you an easy way to make your own plant markers out of popsicle sticks.