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Ozark Lady
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Location: NW Arkansas, USA zone 7A elevation 1561 feet

Labelling your tomatoes

I got a pm about labelling plants.
The person had some excellent ideas.
And it reminded me, to look, I never did post how I label my plants.

So, here is how I do it:
This was in May:

How did it hold up? Here is the end of July, sorry no more recent photos, but they look the same.

I take bits of paper, duct tape and my ink pen when I go to the garden to harvest for seed saving.


Does it always work? Well, the names on cages did always work.
The tape on tomatoes occassionally fell off. But, normally I could leave enough stem to attach it well. Then I would just tape the id on the bowl as I fermented them, and then on the strainer as they dried.

I did mess up a few times and have unknown, but from my garden listed on several packets! Oops! But, it won't be hard to identify them once they fruit again! I list the choices on the envelope that I saved seeds in.

The moral is: Don't trust your memory, you will forget. So, label it at all stages, and at all times!

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Hi Ozark Lady,
I do like the look of that Pink Oxhart mmmm very pretty too, thanks for the great tip. I have volunteer tom plants that have popped up this year that taste really good, so I'm going to name them The Great Tom's of 2010 :D


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Hey, Ozark Lady!

I used to fret and fuss about keeping my harvested tomatoes straight, but now I just take the pen that you show, no duct tape, no paper, and write the initials of the cultivar right on the skins of the maters for the ones I think will get mixed up! I really like this way because I can harvest the ones that are almost ripe and put them on the dining room table to ripen. When it's time to slice them, I just peel off that part of the skin.

Keeping the cultivars straight out in the garden seems to be a matter (for me) of recording their order in my computer, planting different fruit shapes or colors alternately, and spacing the plants far enough apart that they don't get mixed. Maybe planting tall flowers between them, which has other advantages, like cutting down on cross-pollination by insects and slowing down the spread of diseases to some extent. But labeling the cages as you've shown would work, too, as long as the cages are far enough apart that you can tell which is which!

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