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    need something to write on plant labels that won't fade

    Hi all, I have blank plant tags/labels and I need something to write on them with that won't fade. Sharpies fade very quickly. I have tried paint markers, but if you scrape it with your fingernail they scrape off, so that won't work either. Any ideas?

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    A pencil should do it. You know window shades? I take old ones and cut them up into about 4" long strips and write with pencil on them.

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    A pencil? It seems like that would fade quicker than permanent marker if I could even get it to write on the plastic labels, which I doubt. I don't have access to old blinds, but I do have the plant tags already.

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    Use the matte side of the plant tag for pencil. Also, don't knock it till you tried it.

    Quote Originally Posted by back2eight View Post
    A pencil? It seems like that would fade quicker than permanent marker if I could even get it to write on the plastic labels, which I doubt. I don't have access to old blinds, but I do have the plant tags already.

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    I as well use regular old pencil. Mine has lasted nearly a year before having to re-write, if not more. I also agree that Sharpie is not the way to go.
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    I've been though all types of specialty plant markers and such... pencil is definitely best! I don't even pay attention to one side of the label vs the other... I've not had pencil fade/wipe of at all that I can ever think of-- Although you can erase it if you wish to spend time doing so!
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    ive tried bout everything.....pencil on the matte side of a plant label lasts the longest in the high moisture, high light environment.....

    ---------- Post added at 09:02 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:55 PM ----------

    as to why pencil works......pencil lead is graphite and some clay.....soft pencil lead is mostly graphite, your not going to bleach out near pure carbon.....just like a lump of coal wont sun bleach.....not sure why it stands up to the moisture so well but it does.....
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    Thanks guys, I never would have thought to do that. I'll do it if it comes to that, but was hoping for something that I didn't have to hand write every single one. Do you think if I write on paper (or type it) and then have it laminated, would that work? I can make more copies faster that way, but I'm worried that water would leak through.

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