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Woman Watered Her Beloved Succulent for Two Years Before Realizing It’s Completely Fake

If you’ve ever been tricked into thinking that a faux plant is a real one, you’re not alone. With lifelike fuzz on the leaves and realistic soil, it can be hard to distinguish the difference. A woman named Caelie Wilkes found out just how convincing fake plants can be when she discovered that she had been caring for an artificial succulent for two years—the whole time thinking it was alive.

In a now-viral Facebook post, Wilkes explained her fateful discovery. “I was so proud of this plant,” she wrote. “It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant.” Wilkes went as far as to develop a watering plan for it while it sat in her kitchen window. After finding it the “cutest vase,” she decided it was time to transfer the succulent. It was in trying to move the dirt that she realized the truth behind her “perfect plant.”

“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,” Wilkes lamented. “I pulled 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.”

Since Wilkes shared her succulent woes, Home Depot reached out and sent her a variety of real plants to have in her home. Considering how dedicated she was to watering the fake succulent, taking care of her new plant babies should be a breeze.

Caelie Wilkes was dismayed to discover that she had been caring for an artificial succulent for two years—the whole time thinking it was alive.

She shared her plant woes in a now viral Facebook post, and Home Depot sent her a variety of real plants to have in her home.

h/t: [Apartment Therapy]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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