Recycled ever-expanding plant labels

These nifty plant labels keep on expanding with a growing branch, and are easy to make from old plastic milk bottles.

Hand holding plant label curled around small branch
This label has been in place on the Victoria Plum for two years now.

I used to tie ordinary plants to tree branches with bits of baling twine. But they’re ugly, flap about and don’t expand with the thickening branch.

So, I cut up long strips of old plastic milk bottles, stuck a label printed out from my labelling machine and then curled the plastic like you would a present ribbon with scissors.

Scissors and homemade labels on wooden worktop

Creating recycled ever-expanding plant labels is pretty simple.

Members of my family poke fun at me for having a dedicated plant labeller but the labels last indefinitely, unlike permanent (sic) ink or pencil.

I’ve tried this method out on a Victoria Plum, and the label has kept its shape for a good couple of years now 🙂.

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