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Plant marking paint?

Hi all,
Perhaps an odd question, but is there such a thing as a paint for marking plants? 
I know tree felling persons use a nasty pink or yellow spray paint to mark the trees they are cutting down.  I'm not talking about that.

Say, for instance one has an Acer and struggles to find which branches need pruning, but when all of the leaves are out it's not a good time to prune.  So it's be good to mark those branches which need to be removed, so when the season for such work comes around, it's already marked.

Something like Tipp-ex or nail varnish would be great, but I don't think these are anywhere near safe to paint onto softer wood.

I suppose I could just tie something on the branch, but it'd need tying tight enough not to move in winds or by birds.  I guess that doesn't matter if it's really tight, as the branch is coming off anyway, and so restricting it with a tourniquet probably isn't a big deal.  It could look rather ugly though, with bits of string all over the place.  Uglier than white Tipp-Ex or nail polish, questionable.


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,008
    Just some twine and a decent knot should do it.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,863
    Odds and ends of knitting wool 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,334
    Or a piece of brown insulating tape wrapped round the branch. I sometimes use it for splinting damaged branches and you don't notice it's there. Stays in place for months.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,685
    A light dab of white paint ( water based ) above where you plan to cut - stands out and easy to see.
    If you are discarding the branches, the paint won't be a problem - if you plan to use them in the garden, cut away the paint mark and dispose of.
    Much safer and less expensive than nail varnish or tippex :)
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