The Garden Marker is a fade-resistant, UV resistant, xylene free permanent marker for outdoor use, especially for writing on plant labels.
It’s important to know what you planted. Especially if you’re starting a lot of seeds.
So you’ll likely want to put some plant markers or labels in your pots.
But if you just grab a pencil or pen or “permanent” marker, you’ll be in for a disappointment.
These were designed to be used indoors, not outdoors, exposed to weather and UV light. Even the so-called permanent markers fade in just a month or two when pummelled by rain and the harsh rays of the sun.
So the Garden Marker was invented.
This marker uses a fade-resistant, UV resistant and xylene free ink.
While it will eventually fade as well, it holds up longer to the elements and generally will be legible for a full growing season.
It uses an aluminium barrel that is stronger than plastic, so it holds up well to rougher handling and the outdoors, if you do forget it somewhere in the garden.
With a 0.8mm tip, you can write fine lettering and get more writing on a label than with a fatter tip.
The ink has a ACMI AP rating, meaning that it is “certified in a toxicological evaluation by board-certified toxicologist (medical expert) to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems.” From https://acmiart.org
But you’re not just limited to writing on labels. You can also write on wood, glass, porcelain, metal and plastic. And even directly on flowerpots.
The only downside of this marker is that it is so permanent, removing the ink is difficult if not impossible if you want to reuse labels or if you use the marker on other things. Regular soap and water won’t do it. You may have to resort to a chemical cleaner of some sort.
You can find the marker sold individually or as a set of 5 or more. You might be able to find it in a well-stocked nursery or garden centre, but it’s also available online if you can’t find it or prefer to shop online.
So if you want to have your plant labels last all year and not fade from the harsh sun and rain, the Garden Marker is the right one to have in your garden apron or tool caddy.