Ditto to that, if you already have a certain paper card you want to use.
If the ink is not waterproof, use a color laser copy.
If you can use another material, hobby stores have really thin wood. Or
if you want a rustic look, scrap wood. Burn the message with a
soldering iron or wood-burning tool, then coat with a an outdoor clear
Tell us about your tree, what kind of fruit tree, approximately how
old? Assuming a tag to ID your tree this may be just what you're
BTW, "alot" is not a word, I think you meant a lot, two words.
1. Do not use paper. Use aluminum (aluminium?) foil. Place it over a
magazine or newspaper and use a dull pencil to write on it. Be careful
not to pierce the foil. You might want to fold a larger piece of foil
in half to get a thicker medium.
2. Use paper incscribed with a black, broad-pointed pen. When your
writing is quite dry, you will need a cloths iron. Place several
thicknesses of newspaper on an ironing board. Place a sheet of waxed
paper on top. Place your inscribed paper on top of that. Complete the
sandwich with more waxed paper and then severl thicknesses of newspaper.
Iron the sandwich with a very hot iron. The wax will melt and
penetrate your inscribed paper, making it waterproof. The newspaper is
to prevent the wax from melting into the cover of the ironing board or
from fouling the working surface of the cloths iron. (However, my
mother would occasionally run her cloths iron directly over waxed paper
while the iron was cold; she said it was to improve how the iron would
glide over the clothing she was ironing.)
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
how long does it have to last?
plastics degrade in sunlight, metals rust or
oxidize, stones get acid etched or freeze-thaw
cracked, wood rots...
carved in a good quality stone or etched in
something gold plated would be the longest
it is much better to put a number on a drawing
and keep the drawing/maps inside and then keep
the label in a laminated page or pasted to the
Unless you're operating an arbortorium for public display why do you
need to label one little fruit tree? I've planted more than fifty
different trees on my property and need no labels to remind me what
tree it is. However I keep a journal with the Latin and common names,
where each tree was obtained, cost if any, the date I planted it, any
notes, and I photograph each tree, the day planted, when in blossom,
when in full leaf,and when in fall color, fruit trees laden with fruit
and any other interesting situations such as covered with birds, snow,
frosted with ice... this way I have a visual record of each tree's
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