Monday, July 26, 2010

Allsop Plant Tags - A Review

A couple of months ago, Allsop sent an e-mail asking if I'd like to try a couple of their garden products. Since I'd already reviewed their WheelEasy LE canvas wheelbarrow (and love it), as well as having admired the plant tags for awhile now, I enthusiastically agreed.

Their plant tags come in sets of six, with a choice of design - herbal or botanical.  I chose the herbal.  The tags themselves are made of flexible opaque rubber and are UV treated to enhance their use outside.  They come in an attractive presentation folder.

The tags are reusable, in that if you use the recommended gel pen for writing the names of your plants on the tag, the writing can be removed with soap and water.  I used a Bic gel pen and had no problems washing my printing from the tags.  Simply using water didn't do it, but adding soap took it right off. That's good, since you don't want rain washing your lettering off!

I put one outside several weeks ago where it only gets a small amount of morning sun, the rest of the time being in dappled shade. Unfortunately, the rubber yellowed and I find it unattractive. 

I also used one in one of my house plant containers.  It too looks great. The website does advise that after a period of time outside or in the sun, the lettering may be harder to remove and that the rubber may yellow from exposure.

The plant tags sell for $15.99 for the set of six. One more minor complaint (besides the yellowing) is that the steel planting stakes are too short for my preference.  Adding a few more inches to them would make their use more practical for outdoors.  In house plant pots, the current height is sufficient, but could benefit from an inch or two of additional height as well.

The product or merchandise being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for testing and reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine, with no suggestions whatsoever by the manufacturer or distributor. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

These would be great if you were having a garden tour but I would hate to have all of these dangly tags in the garden all the time.

Darla said...

Great the honesty.

F Cameron said...

Plant tags are such a difficult thing to get right. I'm trying out some of the standard metal type, but with copper and a special pen for writing. So far, in 100 degrees for many days and full sun whenever it isn't raining, I'm happy. We'll see how they do in the winter. $20 for 10.

F Cameron said...

Did I type $20? I meant $10 (9.95) for 10.

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ I can't really see these as general ID tags in a garden, unless it's a very small garden and even then, used judiciously. But they're lovely in a houseplant. I really love the look of these tags, but they're for special plants, as far as I'm concerned.

Darla ~ Well, if I'm not honest, then my opinion doesn't count for much, does it? Not that it counts for much anyway, but there you have it! LOL.

Garden Lily said...

They could be used to add an inspirational message to a houseplant given as a gift - including to oneself! But in the garden, I think they'd disappear too quickly under the foliage.

Nutty Gnome said...

I think they look very pretty - but I couldn't be doing with dangly tags round the garden ......I'd trip over them for starters!

I think they'd be lovely in house plants though!

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