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Apr 14, 2017
What can I learn from the plant tag?
Tim Duffin  Brand Manager

What’s the old saying – good things come in small packages? Well, let me paraphrase the saying just a bit – important information comes on small tags.

Now that spring has arrived, many of us start thinking about what we plan to grow this year. We head to our favorite garden center and mosey over to the Burpee plant benches and tables. It’s like Christmas for vegetable and herb buyers! So many wonderful choices ... how are we able to choose? That’s where the Burpee plant tags come in to play.

Burpee has made it easy for shoppers to know what plants to buy. Burpee plant tags are less cluttered without information you don’t need and the information you want is easy to decipher.

What do gardeners want in a tag?

For folks who want to grow their own food they want to know what type of vegetable or herb they are buying. And, of course, they want to know the name of the variety they are buying because so many of them grow their favorite varieties year after year.

They also want a photo of what the harvested fruit looks like, so they know what to expect. Plus, knowing how many days until they can enjoy their harvest is a must.

For flower growers, knowing that a flower is for sun or shade is very important. Equally as important as sun or shade is what the flower will look like at its peak. Gardeners want to see the promise of the plant they are buying! The plant tag also lists how tall or wide the flower will grow since this helps determine spacing – whether in a bed, a basket or a container. Finally, care instructions help make sure you have a long-lived and beautiful plant.

One last thought: After you plant your vegetables, herbs and flowers, wash your tag and put it in a sealed plastic baggie. That way you can reference it throughout the season, and you’ll have a head start on knowing what you want to plant next year.

So, the next time you buy a plant, spend some time with the tag. I always find it interesting reading.

Reader Comments (2)
I love the tomatoes that I picked up but I'm new to growing tomatoes and everything I look up talks about determinate versus indeterminate...I don't see this listed on the plant information card. Is there a quick way to figure this out?
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Carole
Unfortunately a tomato plant doesn't have easily recognizable traits that give its "determinte" v. "Indeterminate" i.d. away. Usually bush-type tomatoes are determinate. Many Romas or paste-type tomatoes are also determinate (meaning you'll get heavy fruiting for about 2 weeks and then the plant is done for the season). You might have luck finding out online if you know the name of your variety. There are online resources that list all of the tomato's traits (fruit weight, plant height, etc.)
Monday, April 24, 2017 | Burpee
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