New Way to Revamp My Plant Tags


I don’t know about you but I’m starting to think about preparing for seed planting, in my greenhouse at least. Honestly, I can’t wait to get started but it’s a little early yet so all I can do is clean stuff. I’ve been sweeping out the dust, bushing pots, cleaning seed trays and, after seeing Monty do it on Gardeners’ World, scrubbing my plant tags.

It was very tedious. And yes there is not much else to do right now but I’d rather spend my time reading gardening books than this. I got halfway through scrubbing and gave up. Then, I wondered if bleach would work. So I put them into a bowl with some water and poured in some bleach. I left it overnight and, guess what happened… No more scrubbing for me.

I think it worked because the tags were written with Sharpie and the bleach just ripped right through it. I made sure to wash them thoroughly to make sure all the bleach was gone. Now my tags are pearly bright. Just waiting for the season to begin!

8 Comments on “New Way to Revamp My Plant Tags

  1. Do you still use your ‘plant tag making system that uses aluminium tags and those cool-looking metal punches that you use with a, very heavy, jig’? It produced such lovely labels.
    I’ve just been gifted a ‘laminated label printer’/runs on batteries – so hoping my labels will look rather good whilst at least being able to read them. Just need to get hubby on board now – confusion can reign on his pots! Hope 2014 proves a good gardening year for you.

  2. Ooh, yeah, I better get to cleaning. Because seed starting time will come around sooner than you know it!

  3. Happy New Year to you all – must try that method of cleaning my plant tags. It sounds so easy and effortless. I will be able to get on with other things rather than trying to scrub the writing off. Look forward to seeing your new orchard when its planted up.

  4. I must say that this sounds like a trouble and time free method of cleaning the oodles of plant labels I have.

    Wishing you a Happy and successful growing year!


  5. Happy new year everyone will be digging my plant tags out of the garden shed and try this method of cleaning them. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Where do you get your plant tags from? Popsicle sticks don’t work for me and I haven’t found any plant tags in local stores.