Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee

Printing daffodil labels

January 27, 2008
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Categories: Bulb Information, Growing Daffodils, Planting

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Yes, and if you include on your spreadsheet a column for Planting Date (Year) and Source, you can sort the data by those and have all the labels for the same order or year together to cut and paste to a new file to Mail Merge into Word for printing labels. If I’m planting daffs in batches, I sort by Planting Date first, then Source, and I get all the bulbs I ordered that year and from that one source.
Weatherproof white mailing labels, available at office stores, will last for years and fit the metal Eon rose labels. I think I learned this from you, Bill. I have not been able to find the clear labels any longer that are really waterproof. I bought some off the internet this year reported to be waterproof and they were not. I’m having to replace all those now with the white ones. The clear ones looked better than the stark white in the garden, but I’ll go with what works. Eon Industries, who advertises in the Daffodil Journal, is now online here:
http://www.eonindustries.com/catalog/
Some of us just have that organizer trait, which comes in handy if you grow lots of daffodils and want to keep track of them! ;->
Becky Fox Matthews

4 responses to “Printing daffodil labels”

  1. Lindsay Long says:

    Hi Becky,
     
    I can get the clear labels at office supply stores here in Knoxville, Office Max and Staples.  Jon has also ordered from the internet but I am not sure where but I think from the Office Max catalog.
     
    We coat the labels with Plasti Dip spray.  That we have to order over the internet and spray two or three times and it is fantastic.  Once in a while we can get it at our local Harbor Freight store but not always.
     
    The label stakes rot away and have absolutely no problems with the labels.
     
    I was in a hurry one time to send some labels for a gift and didn’t have any Plasti Dip, so I used some Rust Oleum from Home Depot.  It was the clear matte spray, no yellowing, UV resistant, but I had to spray 10-12 times before I was comfortable with it but you could tell the label was sealed because you could no longer feel the edge of the label.  That may work great but I know the Plasti Dip works and it is hard to use something else.

    Lindsay Long


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  2. Bill Lee says:


    Good information Becky and Lindsay. I have used the comptuer-generated labels (clear film labels) on Eon markers too. Will try the plastic spray in the future too.
    But what I was originally referring to was printing out those labels to use in your show entries. I learned from watching Tom Stettner that you can take a piece of index card, just slightly larger than the address label, fold it in half and cut two slits on the fold leaving about a half inch or slightly less between the two cuts. Now unfold and you will see that the daffodil stem is now a holder for the card. Slip your address label onto it and it is ready to go.
    When you do these labels for this purpose you want to have all the important information needed for each class of entry. Year of registration for historics, hybridizer’s name and country (for Red-White-Blue and country collections), and of course division and color code.
    This system saves a lot of writing time during staging.
    Bill Lee


    Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

  3. Donna Dietsch says:
    I agree with you , Bill, but what about those dreaded last minute replacements?  You will have to hand print the label and it will be among the nice computer  printed ones.  I know, I know, labels are not judged, but it ruins my sense  of order .  I do hand print all my labels before the show and take them with me along with the same pen and more of the blank labels.
    Donna Dietsch
    Columbus Ohio
     title= wrote:

    Good information Becky and Lindsay. I have used the comptuer-generated labels (clear film labels) on Eon markers too. Will try the plastic spray in the future too.
    But what I was originally referring to was printing out those labels to use in your show entries. I learned from watching Tom Stettner that you can take a piece of index card, just slightly larger than the address label, fold it in half and cut two slits on the fold leaving about a half inch or slightly less between the two cuts. Now unfold and you will see that the daffodil stem is now a holder for the card. Slip your address label onto it and it is ready to go.
    When you do these labels for this purpose you want to have all the important information needed for each class of entry. Year of registration for historics, hybridizer’s name and country (for Red-White-Blue and country collections), and of course division and color code.
    This system saves a lot of writing time during staging.
    Bill Lee


    Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.

  4. Bill Lee says:


    In a message dated 1/27/2008 11:48:56 AM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    I agree with you , Bill, but what about those dreaded last minute replacements?  You will have to hand print the label and it will be among the nice computer  printed ones.  I know, I know, labels are not judged, but it ruins my sense  of order .  I do hand print all my labels before the show and take them with me along with the same pen and more of the blank labels.

    Not a problem in my system. I make a list of everything I pick, with number of stems, and there’s a label for every stem. So the only stem that wouldn’t have a label would be the one you picked on the way to your car the morning of the show becaus eyou hoped the day before that it would be open in the morning so you checked and sure it was!
    Bill Lee


    Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.