I feel for this woman. She really thought she was a master gardener. A California woman says she spent two years loving and caring for her potted succulent, which sat in a spot on her window sill. But last week, when Caelie Wilkes went to repot the succulent in a new container, she got an unwelcome surprise: The plant was fake. Caelie shared the funny story on Facebook on February 28, humorously ranting that “these last two years have been a lie.” “I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now,” Caelie wrote in the post. “I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant. I had it up in my kitchen window. I had a watering plan for it, [and] if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it.” Succulents only need to be watered about once a week — or less — and overwatering them can kill them.
“I absolutely loved my succulent,” she went on. “Today I decided it was time to transplant. I found the cutest vase that suited it perfectly,” she said. “I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE.” “I put so much love into this plant! I washed its leaves. Tried my hardest to keep it looking its best, and it’s completely plastic! How did I not know this? I pull it from the container it’s sitting on Styrofoam with sand glued to the top! I feel like these last two years have been a lie.” She included two photos of the faux-succulent: one from the top showing pristine leaves, and another from the side, showing the container cut away to reveal the tiniest bit of sand atop a Styrofoam base.
Photo Credit: Caelie Wilkes via Facebook