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The best plant tags for your nursery or garden

You want to give away living gifts on your next birthday and need a way to personalize each pot. Plant tags are an easy way of making your little potted gifts more special and organized, particularly if you have a large guest list. We’ve revealed our most favorite labels here to make your behind-the-scenes planning easier.

At their most practical value, plant tags are used for marking seedlings in starter pots or seeds in the ground. Typical vertical markers are short and white at an average of 4 inches long, though soil markers are longer at around 10 inches. On the other hand, T-type tags feature a tapered stake for tougher soils. Most labels are made of weather-resistant plastic that can be reused every growing season, but metal planters add a touch of elegance to gifts or plants for sale. Take a look at our favorite garden markers for your consideration.

KINGLAKE 4-Inch Plastic Plant Labels

Best Value

The KINGLAKE labels are available in a 100-pack, making it the best-value choice on our list. Each trademarked label measures 4 inches long and 0.8 inches wide, which is best used for starter trays. The waterproof, PVC plastic tags are also UV-resistant, which comes in handy for gardens with full sun exposure.

KINGLAKE Plant T-Type Tags

Best Overall

These durable plastic tags from KINGLAKE are high-quality T-type labels for commercial purposes. The labels measure 2.3 inches wide and 3.94 inches high along with a matte finish that’s easier to write on than glossy surfaces. Each tag is made of durable plastic that doesn’t snap when staked into soil or break apart after a single use.

GardenMate Weatherproof Banners

Best Quality

The GardenMate tag is a unique metal label featuring a galvanized-steel design with two insertable feet and a zinc name plate for markups. It measures 10.5 inches high with a nameplate measuring 2.5 inches wide. When used outdoors, it resists damage from the elements including rust and fading. Each pack includes 25 banners.

Plant name tags make nursery inventories a cinch, especially if you specialize in starters. To enhance your for-sale potted plants’ display appeal, choose a metal banner instead for custom plant tags, but standard white markers are best for smaller plant varieties. When choosing garden plant tags, consider products that are reusable, weatherproof, and sturdy to save you time and prevent waste. Luckily, all the plant tags on our list satisfy these conditions to help your garden organization go smoothly.

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