Heres a quick visual guide to decoding plant labels. Take a look at this comprehensive guide to label reading and arm yourself with some nutritional know-how for your next grocery trip.
Each accessioned plant has a small metal tag attached on its south side.
How to read a plant label. On the labels I like to include the name of the vegetable the variety planted and the date planted. Colors shapes and denseness of growth are common. How to Read a Fertilizer Label In the example above the three main numbers on the fertilizer label are 5-1-1.
The tag will show a Latin name and at least one common name. If youre new to healthy plant-based eating you may be having a difficult time trying to figure out which products can and cant go in your grocery cart. Zero cholesterol – plant.
Botanical gardens are considered living museums and as such their plant collections need to be correctly identified and documented to serve our goals of display education and conservation. The description on its back indicates the appearance of the plant. The information on each label is dictated in part by label size but also by the type of information we wish to provide to the public.
But do you really know what everything on those labels mean. Plant Labels as a Garden Tool. This helps me weed identify plant needs and stay.
The tag should say in either words or symbols how much sun the plant needs. For example the Mongolian Oak below is located 58 feet north and 00 feet east of M-97. Full Sun The plant will need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to perform.
The front of a plant label will have the plants common name and scientific name usually accompanied by a photo of the fully-grown plant. On the front of the plant label theres generally an image of the plant. Sneaky words for sugar.
These sound obvious but heres what they mean. Plant locations are designated by their distance north and east of the points where the grid lines intersect. A little research goes a long way here.
When it comes to reading nutrition labels look for. Those three numbers represent the percentage of N-P-K that are included in the bag per bag weight. Part of this process at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is creating display labels for plants.
2-3 grams of fiber per serving. A 11 ration of sodium or less 100 calories per 100 mg of sodium Fat content that is 20 of total calories per serving or less. You rely on plant labels to give you the information you need to be successful in choosing and growing your new plants.
How to Read Our Plant Labels. Using plant labels as a garden tool has numerous advantages. In the XYZ brand label above there is no water insoluble guarantee or any other slow release claim.
Just like social media pictures they may be overly flattering and not a great example of what you will be getting. N stands for Nitrogen P stands for Phosphorous and K stands for Potassium. These labels include the plants name location and accession number.
Therefore this is a water soluble product that will not last long in the soil. The most common designations are Full Sun Part SunPart Shade and Shade. First you can choose not to label your plants but that can lead to confusion especially when growing plants with different growing conditions.
Youll find information on the average size that your plant grows to reach. We use two sizes of bi-layer black plastic labels- a small label that is used for perennials and small shrubs and a larger label that is used for larger shrubs and trees. Here are some tips on how to read them.
Labels will help you keep different varieties and types of plant identifiable so you can provide the right water and fertilizer. Debbie Roland Master Gardener That plastic tag stuck in the plant is important. Why Homemade Plant Markers.
How to Read A Plant Tag. The scientific name may appear in italics underneath the common name or lower down on the front of the tag. In the Plant-tone label above 3 Nitrogen approximately 60 of the Nitrogen guaranteed is slow release.