Cactus and Succulent Sabotage

Cactus and Succulent Sabotage

Cactus and Succulent Sabotage

Everytime I see succulents like these, I cringe. They are an abomination in the houseplant world.   

  Why do we need to paint living, photosynthesizing things?!  

  And, Kosmic Kactus?! Really?! Hey, plant company- these are succulents- NOT cactus!  

Attractive bicolor effect….? Waterproof, non-toxic paint. Non-toxic to whom?! Not the plant….

  And, obviously it isn’t flake proof…. 

At the same store I found plenty of burnt plants to pair with the painted plants. What do I mean by burnt plants? These next pictures are of hot glued plants. Everyone has been fooled by these “blooming” cactus but later figured out they were glued on flowers.  

Notice the hot glue and even the ubiquitous hot glue string hanging off the flower.   

   To add insult to injury, after the glue torture, the watering of the plants makes the dyed flower’s color run  and it stains the plant. How lovely.

I think plants are best in their natural state. They don’t need paint or hot glued flowers to be beautiful. The use of these artificial accoutrements are unnecessary and only lead to unhappy houseplant owners. The paint flakes off, the flower falls off, the hot glue ruins the plant when ripped off. Now we are left with an ugly, scarred plant that will most likely be thrown away. Maybe the plant owner will be discouraged from trying another houseplant. I want people to have a good experience with their plants and hopefully make the choice to try another plant because they have had so much success with the first one. Selling a plant that most likely won’t have a positive outcome for the customer seems like an irresponsible, and frankly stupid, thing for plant companies to do. Just my opinion. 

9 Responses to "Cactus and Succulent Sabotage"

  • I’m right there with you about Painted Succulents…I saw a person the other day with quite a few of them at the store. They looked so happy about there purchase..It made me sad that they didn’t know that there succulents were suffocating…Oh well life goes on…

  • I certainly wouldn’t buy one and I would really discourage anything looking at them not to buy them either. Their horrible looking things.

  • Now that I have been victimized, I bought two, how can I get these to survive. The sign that says these are painted was not posted, and there is nothing to say they are on the label. I should have known better. ? I paid way more than I should have for these!

    • I’m sorry Mindy. They will usually grow out if they have enough light and have the right care. They new growth will just be green. Good luck and thank you for your comments.

  • I also was suckered (I did think maybe some die had been added to cause a color change). These were a reward for my young grandson in his potty training victory and he is excited about the vibrant colors. I have them outside on the patio table where he can water them and see them. Is there any special care I should take with him, the plants especially once they start to peel? 🙁

  • I’ve bought these and they’re very healthy. I know that they’re painted, but most of my color has grown out. If I buy one, I always look for the healthiest one! They color these to make them catch people’s eyes, and to incourage people to start taking care of succulents. While I agree that the paint could be toxic, my plants have not been affected.

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