Leila Rich wrote:I use mini Venetian blinds.
I can pick them up for free, or nearly.
One blind makes loads of markers; each slat can be cut to whatever lengths you like.
I use a soft pencil, which seems to survive the weather best. As a bonus, I can rub it off!
They're not pretty, but they work.
Outside slats have holes for tree-tag attachment...
Jordan Lowery wrote:For your own nursery stock, learn your plants. Learn them so well that you don't need tags.
Chris Kott wrote:I use popsicle sticks now, but I will be on the lookout for venetian blinds. Has it not occurred to anyone to use grease pencil? The only way the writing will be rendered illegible is if you handle it, and I'm sure that a little rubbing alcohol would take it right off for reuse.
Rory Rivers wrote:Just a thought: Any kind writing on wood will fade, but what if you etched it in by burning it? I used to write words into wood with a magnifying glass. That would probably be too slow though.
S Carreg wrote: The other thing for really permanent ones which works GREAT is old foil disposable baking trays (if you don't use them you can scour other peoples' recycling, or freecycle, or ask restaurants). Cut them into strips, wrap them around small strips of wood, and then use a blunt pencil or similar (chopstick maybe?) to 'write' on them (pressing the metal) - have a few tags like this on trees from years ago.