Since we’ve moved into our new house in May I have become a real plant mum. And me being me, I removed all the labels and geot rid of them. Which isn’t helpful at all, when I am trying to keep all of them happy & alive. So… to help me look after my plant babies, I decided to create Plant ID- care tags and attach them to each of my plants to know how to care for them properly.
With some of my plants I know what they are, which made it easier to identify and then Google the info I wanted to put on the plant ID. But majority, I didn’t know. So I took to Google to find a free app that will be able to help me identify my plants. I am not going to lie, I went to use the first one that was recommended and it worked brilliantly. Over the past couple of months I have been trying several apps on the Appstore. Majority were paid apps and some offered 7 day free trial.
The app I used is PlantNet– free to use and you don’t have to register. Quick video below how it works.
Here is what I used:
- my phone to use the app
- super glue / sellotape
- wooden sticks or ribbon (to tie the ID tags around the pot)
- laptop & photoshop to create the ID Tags
Note – I used Photoshop to create these tags, but I know not everyone will have it, so I have created templates in several formats that you can download and use:
- JPEG (you’ll have to write the info in yourself) – click here to download
- Numbers/ Excel format – click here to download
- Photoshop – if you would like a Photoshop template, please DM me, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get it sent to you. (for some reason WordPress not liking me adding it on here)
Find all the plants in PlantNet & then all extra info on Google. I compiled all the info in notes and then transferred that to my template. Add as much or as little info as you like. I added pictures as well for when I remove the tags and replant more than one at a time. Just to be sure!
I printed the labels and cut them out. I then attached them to few different sticks. Mainly I used craft pegs, as I had these and wanted to use them up. Plus they slide into the soil easily. Couple of my plants had an info stick already, so I just sellotaped my label to it. I like to re-use things, so I had an old bamboo toothbrush, I cut the bristles off and used that for one of the plants as well.
For the pegs I used just your normal super glue to attach them. On others I used sellotape.
Now that you have made all your plant ID tags- go around your house and add them to each plant.
The actual making of the tags, was really easy. What took the most time was to identify and find the info about each plant. Obviously this would be easier if you know your plants, but for me, a beginner plant mum- it took a little while. I am really happy with how they turned out. They don’t stick out like a soar thumb and blend it nicely with all the plants.
How are you managing to look after your plants?