Taking care of things is hard, man. Some people just don’t have a green thumb and even keeping low-maintenance houseplants alive is a struggle. Caelie Wilkes thought she was doing a damn good job ensuring her potted succulent was alive and thriving for two whole years. Then she realized that it was fake all along. Devastating!!
- Caelie shared the plant on Facebook. In what had to be one of the most difficult posts she’ll ever have to write, Caelie showed photos of the fake houseplant while revealing its history and her pride in caring for it successfully for so long. “I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now. I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant,” she wrote. “I had it up in my kitchen window. I had a watering plan for it, if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it. I absolutely loved my succulent.” As well she should!
- Sadly the truth emerged in a horrible way. It wasn’t until Caelie decided that it was time to transplant the houseplant to another pot that she realized the awful truth: it was fake. “I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE,” she recalled. “I put so much love into this plant! I washed its leaves. Tried my hardest to keep it looking it’s 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.”
- Unsurprisingly, her post has gone viral. How can you not appreciate such a great story? It’s hilarious! So much so that since sharing on February 28, she’s received more than 10,000 likes, 6.3K comments and 6.9K shares. This is the kind of feel-good news we need in our lives, people.
- Hopefully the succulent lives forever. In a way, having a fake houseplant is genius. It’s good enough quality that it looks real and it really is low-maintenance, so Caelie can love it ’til the end of time (and not feel bad if she misses a few days of watering… or, you know, never does it again).