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    This has been working years for me... I left one in a cup of water for a month... That label is still on one of my plants They are automatically laminated after printing...
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    I just write it right on the pot, but I use styrofoam cups for pots, so it's easy to write on and pretty fade resistant.

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    You can wrap something that's been labeled with a Sharpie in clear packing tape to improve the life of the ink. When I'm feeling really cheap I'll write on masking tape, put it on the pot, and cover it in packing tape - it lasts surprisingly long. There are also fade-resistant commercial grade Sharpies, or paint pens, both of which stand up much better than your typical "permanent" ink. Pencil really does seem to be best though; I have labels that were written in pencil that have lasted three years or more.
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    Andrew, where did you find that, and where do you get the labels that go in it? That is perfect... I'm looking on ebay but can't find that exact one.

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    Pencil is best. I have marks I made on a work bench exposed to rain and sun that are over 10 years old and are still readable. Try softer leads (less glue and clay) but this can smear more readily.

    See these threads:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=99366
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=108710
    http://icps.proboards.com/index.cgi?...83&page=1#6051
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    Call me a kook, but I know the difference between every individual in my collection. Although I'll admit, I have less than 50 plants... somewhere around 40 probably and they're all mostly different and in decorative pots so I suppose that makes it easier for me to identify the individuals as well.
    I do kinda dote over my plants as well...

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    Several years ago, there was a similar thread on CPUK where both Mike King & Aidan Selwyn** noted that they had switched to labelmakers from Brother (P-Touch). Based on that info, I went out & purchased a Brother P-Touch & use it for all of my labels. I don't know how long they last but it's at least 5-10 years. I typically use the 1/2" size and usually include any code numbers (Sarracenia's), date of potting and media mix that I'm using. Sometimes I'll also include the person from whom I received the plant and the plant's location - basically anything that's important to me.
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    Call me a kook, but I know the difference between every individual in my collection.
    You must not have too many instances of S. minor or S. rubra or ... from several different locations.

    For those recommending pencil, that may reduce the issue of the print fading but it doesn't rectify the problem of poor handwriting. My normal penmanship is poor but if I'm trying to squeeze some info on a label while kneeling down, writing on my knee - for some reason - it gets even worse... I now even use these to label every Sarracenia cross / pollination I make (this spring ~115).

    Quote Originally Posted by back2eight View Post
    Andrew, where did you find that, and where do you get the labels that go in it? That is perfect... I'm looking on ebay but can't find that exact one.
    I think that's one of the label printers from Brother. Is it the same as one of these? I have one of the handheld units but would now prefer to have one that hooks up to the computer.

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    If you're not into buying a dedicated printer you can get perforated sheets of plastic that you can run through a laser printer from www.rippedsheets.com . I use item number 100710-8 . They are a little flimsy but I've found it useful and cheap.

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