Until seeds transform into a recognizable plant, a plant marker might be the only indication of the plant's identification, should the gardener have a lapse of memory. Commercial plant markers come in an array of styles and designs. Some plant markers add decorative flair to the garden or indoor containers, while others are an eyesore. Plant markers can blend unnoticed into the garden or take center stage. Creative gardeners have the option to fashion their own plant markers. You can make plant markers from wood, metal or plastic, and homemade plant labels can be a good way to reuse materials.
Estimate how many plant markers you will need. If you need a great number of markers, you may wish to keep the project simple and use less expensive material.
Determine how long you intend to use the markers. If you only need the markers for one season, then a wooden ice cream stick is an affordable option. Wood will deteriorate in the garden soil, while metal can last for several seasons.
Think outside the box and look for suitable material available in the necessary quantities. For example, consider a painted rock as a plant marker. Rocks are free and blend in with the environment.
Repurpose old metal items around your home or purchased from a thrift store. If you'd prefer a stationary marker, consider old kitchen forks from a secondhand store, which can be pushed (fork end first) into the soil.
Cut a plastic milk carton into stake shapes or use 6-inch sections of old venetian blinds if you'd rather have plastic plant markers than wood or metal ones.
Label the marker, matching the appropriate ink or paint to the surface. Permanent markers will work on stone and plastic. If using metal, use paint appropriate for metal.