Keeping houseplants alive can be difficult, so Caelie Wilkes was proud of keeping a potted succulent that she had maintained in perfect condition for over two years.
But recently she decided that she should probably re-pot it. And when she tried to, she made an embarrassing realisation.
Caelie bravely owned up to her face palm moment on Facebook: “I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about two years now,” she said.
“I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful colouring, just an over-all perfect plant.
She explained that she kept it in her kitchen window and took great care not to over-water it, warning people off if she saw anyone going near it with a watering can.
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But then came the day of reckoning: “Today I decided it was time to transplant, I found the cutest vase, that suited it perfectly.
“I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE.
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“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!”
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An embittered Caelie concluded: “I feel like these last two years have been a lie.”
Some Facebook commenters were pretty understanding of Caelie’s mistake. One said: “It's okay…it gave you pleasure all that time” and someone else pointed out that it’s easily done, adding: “I discovered my sister was watering a similar plant a few months ago…
"I touched it, then bit it with my teeth and discovered it was rubber.
"She was mortified. We had lots of laughs!”
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However there was a darker tone to some comments, with one angry individual responding: “You came up in my news feed in Google news.
"Idk if this story is real but if it is….. The reason you didn't notice your "live plant" was actually never alive at all is because your actually as dead inside as it is.
"This is sad. I feel for the people you claim to "love". Hopefully they fair better than this poor excuse for a living plant.”
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