Quick tip on marking one plant in a bunch of similar plants

yarn marking a particular plant
Tie a piece of yarn or string to mark a particular plant in the midst of similar plants. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

It’s easy to designate a patch of plants– there are many kinds of plant markers you can buy or make.

But what if you want to remember where one particular plant is in that bunch?

I have columbine with yellow flowers as well as columbine with flowers that are yellow with a bit of red in them. I’d like to save the seeds from the yellow-with-red variety. Of course, now that the seeds have developed, the petals have fallen off and I can’t tell which plant has which color flower.

Before the petals dropped, I tied colored yarn on the stems– yellow for the solid yellow flowers and red for the flowers with red in them.

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