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Save Those Vegetable Garden Plant Tag Markers and Labels

Updated on April 20, 2012

Plant Tags

Plant Tags and Labels Are Helpful

The first lesson I learned as a beginning gardener is that it is a mistake to throw away the plant marker that comes with potted plants at the time of purchase. The plant marker is that little stake which is placed into the potting soil of the plant you buy at the garden store. The plant marker is filled with helpful information that tells the gardener how much sun, water and space a plant needs. Sometimes, the plant marker even has recipes to help you enjoy the plant once the plant has been harvested.

Recently, I went to Home Depot and Lowes to purchase vegetable plants to place in my backyard garden. I brought the plants home and transferred them to the patch of soil that had been carefully prepared for the selected plants. I read the information contained on the plant markers and felt fully informed and capable of taking care of the plants I had just purchased. Foolishly believing I would remember which plant was which, I removed the markers as I took the plants out of the original pot and planted each vegetable into the garden bed. Among the plants I selected were two varieties of peppers. One was a Jalapeno Pepper and the other was a Serrano Pepper. There is a big difference between the two peppers. The Serrano is significantly hotter than the Jalapeno. And, when they are fully grown, the distinction is easily seen. However, while they are growing, they look identical. Since I did not keep the plant marker that came with the plant, three weeks later, I do not know which plant is which.

It helps to know which plant is which because the plant's visual appearance is what helps the gardener determine when to harvest the plant.

This is my first true garden, and like many gardeners before me, I am learning by trial and error. Removing the vegetable garden plant tag markers and Labels is one mistake I will not repeat any time soon.

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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi moonlake. Thank you for your feedback. Those plant tags have saved me a lot of heartaches. Some plants look so similar as they growing, it's difficult to determine what they are. The plant tags have been a big help.

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      4 years ago from America

      I do save my tags and put them all in one place so I can find them. Voted up.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Rajan. I'm currently learning a lesson about making sure the plant tag isn't blown away or taken away. One of the plant tags in my vegetable garden is missing and I didn't write down on my plant chart what was planted. Now, eight months have gone by and I still don't know what was planted in that spot. I'm curious, so I'm letting it grow now just to see what it is.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I know how important this tip is as we grow quite a few plants. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and useful.

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      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Certainly good advice if I ever take up gardening. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you, katyzzz. This is one of the first lessons I learned the hard way.

    • katyzzz profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I love garden produce but gardener I shall never be, more's the pity.

      Great tips and warnings here

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi, GardenExpert999. I really like the idea of using a wooden clothes peg. I suppose I could find them at a craft shop or some place like that. I haven't seen one of those in years - the pegs. All I can find nowadays is the plastic clothes pins (vs. pegs).

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      6 years ago from Scotland

      I spoke to a man who sells plants, and he said that plants without labels do not sell, and those with labels fly off the shelves! It is therefore vital for him to order in and buy labels if he wants to make sales.

      The best idea is to keep the labels in the house for reference, and add a ground marker where you planted the plants. If you keep them in pots, use a wooden clothes peg to identify the plant. Write on the wood, and clip it to the edge of the plant pot. That way it will not biodegrade and become unreadable like many plant tags do.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      @Paperfly - I really like your idea of drawing/writing where you plant everything. I'm going to use your idea so that in case the wind blows my tags away I will have a backup reference. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Syracuse, New York

      Though I tend to keep those tags the wind usually sends them flying. I ended up drawing/writing where I planted everything and keep it hanging next to my back door so I can re-check if I have too. I do use the tags for my container plants inside however. :) Nice hub, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who forget that.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your thoughtful and kind feedback.

    • shayana mack profile image

      shayana mack 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and this information is very useful for everyone.



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