Sticker shock

Raise your hand if you enjoy spending up to half an hour removing adhesive stickers from ceramic pots. No hands up? What a surprise.

I have upgraded my game a bit for bulb forcing and no longer use the cheap (but not unattractive) Home Depot pots. One thing I’ll say for them, though; their pots always have the price stickers on the bottom covering the drainage hole. This is a very sensible option; it’s easy to just poke these stickers out; whatever remains can be peeled off or not—doesn’t much matter because no one will see them and they wear away pretty fast.

At my other place, a local nursery, the pots are nicer and more varied, but they come in with rather large white manufacturers price tags on them. The nursery then adds  round green stickers to indicate they’re half price when I buy them in the late fall (a time when very few locals are buying pots). I can try to pry all this off before they go in the root cellar, but sometimes it’s easier when they come out. In any case, it’s always a big pain, and why? These are ornamental objects. Price stickers do not add to their beauty—you’d never get away with this for other housewares like china—stickers need to be discreet and easily removed.

So, my simple plea to manufacturers and importers: we know the technology is available and this does not need to happen. Fix it.

Otherwise, I have very little to rant about this holiday season. The champagne is flowing, the temps have been balmy, and my bulbs are all advanced enough to be given as gifts. Hell, I can still garden outside if I felt like it. Life is good. Just get rid of the stickers.

Posted by

Elizabeth Licata
on December 15, 2015 at 7:25 am, in the category Everybody’s a Critic, Shut Up and Dig.

Comment List

  • Sarah 01 / 01 / 1970

    Cover the sticker with mayonnaise and let it sit for a bit. Then wash it off with soap and water. Works like a charm. (Also works on those pesky DMV stickers.)

  • stephen matlock 23 / 06 / 1985

    I use “Goof Off” — I have a large bottle of it in the garage, and I use it for all these situations where a sticker has been applied that I want to remove.

  • val 25 / 04 / 2013

    Thank you! I have struggled with this at my garden center also. These are not inexpensive items, and the stickers are a huge pain. I have given up on many, thinking being outdoors in the elements would take care of it–it does not!

  • Laura Bell 05 / 12 / 2015

    I hate stickers on glazed pots about this much. But on an unglazed pot, even if the sticker is removed you still have to deal with the adhesive residue that seems to have seeped into the porous pot surface. Makes me nuts. If they’d just put the sticker on the bottom it would all be fine.

  • Beth 26 / 07 / 2016

    Yes, Goo-Gone is the answer. I use it constantly for taking price stickers off of used books that I buy locally and online. On flat surfaces the combination of Goo-Gone and a flat razor blade in a plastic holder is works really well, although on pots the razor might not work as well. Try the Goo-Gone.

  • David Feix 20 / 10 / 2016

    First world problems

  • Jenn Zynn 09 / 11 / 2016

    I have a pot purchased years ago that I could not get the sticker off. I finally put it out thinking that the summer would wear it down and I could get it off later. Nope. That sticker is still in evidence (much picked at and bedraggled, but all too present) Years of sticker. Drives me nuts every time I see it.

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