After writing over 5,000 labels by hand this year we decided to try a higher tech solution that could speed up the process of starting new fig trees. Most printers that can print on plant stakes run in the thousands of dollars, so we were happy to find this Titan Pro Thermal Printer for $400. The only draw back is that the size of the stakes is limited to 4.5″, but it can print on longer vinyl labels to wrap around trees, as well as other materials.
The printer is very fast, printing more than one stake per second. The software that comes with the printer requires Windows to run, but as long as you have a Windows machine, it is easy to use.
This is likely overkill for most people, but if you are looking to print a large number of labels it is a great solution that doesn’t break the bank.