As if the glued on flowers weren't bad enough!

johnsonm08(5a)January 18, 2013

Do they really need to do this to sell them?

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johnsonm08(5a)

And more...

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karyn1(7a)

OMG that is just horrible! I haven't seen anything like that for sale and hope I never do.

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harmony_2007

I've seen them here too. They look even worse in reality than they do in the pictures...

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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

I don't know how anyone could find these at all attractive-looking. Shows a complete lack of taste, in my opinion. The red and purple Echeveria in particular look so painfully bad painted like that, the poor things. I don't get it; if you want a plant that looks like plastic, get a plastic plant. And one would hope no one would ever think these grew this way.

It's just rotten. Hope I never see these in real life. People posted about this crap before, and I was grossed out then too.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 3:11PM
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CactusCharlie(USDA 9, Sunset 14)

Those poor plants ;-(

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mrlike2u(**)

ICS the corporate subs placing signs and planted pots in big box stores at it again ? In the real world there nothing more than Inventory Control Specialist certainly not the plant specialist they want to be or think they are

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cactusmcharris

Revulsion is not too small a word - I hope it doesn't put me off of my feed.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have not seen these YET. What are they doing this with. Paint? what kind? does it wash off or grow with the plant or does it slowly crack off? I am blissfully ignorant. I don't know if I actually want the questions answered.

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi folks,

That really is ghastly, just horrid. And I thought the turquoise Phalenopsis were bad, geez.

Johnson,

Could you maybe pls. go back there & look for a tag with a distributor or nursery's name?

If so, maybe a few of us could write them to explain that we are absolutely repulsed & would NEVER buy anything like this!!!

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Microthrix(9)

This is so nasty, i might just throw up... on the plant.
And maybe add a new color to it. Havent been to a HD/Lowes in about 2 monthes, so i wouldnt have had a chance to see these. Hope i dont 0_o

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Laura Robichaud

What's scary is they probably will sell them.

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paul_(z5 MI)

OOOOOOHH! I just bought a dozen of the red ones! Aren't they DIVINE?!!
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!size>
(*Yeah, I was just joking. )

It was only a matter of time, folks. Count yourselves lucky that it has taken this long. Those of us in the orchid hobby have been subjected to this kind of gross offense to the sensibilities and good taste for years now with orchids dyed colors abhorrent to anyone with good taste.

Mara, if the process is similar to the atrocities perpetrated against orchids, then it is accomplished by injecting a chemical dye into the plant. Again assuming the same or very similar process to that used on the orchid victims,
1) the color is pretty much permanent for the growth thus far affected; and
2) the color will fade out on successive new growth until normal coloration is once more achieved.

Karen (PG), you're deluding yourself, my dear. Our opinions matter naught. All that matters is whether they sell -- and THEY WILL SELL. I would not hesitate to bet money on it. The red ones in particular I can foresee selling like hot cakes around Valentine's Day. Many of the other colors will sell around Easter time and there will always be those folks who will buy them because the colors match their homes' color decor.

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birdsnblooms

Johnson. Faux flowers pasted to cacti have been around for years, however the flowers on your succulents look larger than the actual plants!
Perhaps you took a close-up picture??

As for painted plants, the first time I saw blue, red, yellow, etc, dyed plants was winter 2011. Orchids and Poinsettias.

Wonder if paint/glitter will harm/kill a plant??

I agree with Paul. These plants WILL sell.

Serious gardeners are aware fake/painted plants are tasteless, but the average Joe/Josephine sees a 'showy' plant, 'colored, glittered, phony blooms,' ends up buying one or more believing the plant to be an unusual specimen.

Or as Paul stated, many buy plants to 'match' their furniture. LOL

IMO, 'at least until I'm informed whether or not paint is harmful to plants,' glued pebbles atop soil are horrible!
They're a nuisense removing w/o breaking trunks and roots.

Marketers do not give a hoot if painted/glittered/stones will harm plants. Their goal is to make money. Toni

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noki

Yes they will sell.

To be honest, a majority of the cactus and succulents sold will have "died" or be mostly ruined after a year or so anyway, whether dyed or plain, or with a stupid dead flower glued on top.

They have done the same thing with tropical fish. Hybrids, artificial hormones for temporary color, injected dyes... moves product units quickly from the stores, that is the only concern.

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rina_

These are muchn worst than ones I saw last year! Must have sold well so they are now "painting" them with much darker paints...BTW, ones I saw were in the garden centre, not in HD or Lowes or Walmart.

see here

Rina

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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

*shakes heads*

what a world...

how greedy can you get really...can you imagine...someone doing this to animals for marketing...I realize its maybe not the same, but maybe it is, or atleast as bad...

the damn flowers pop of after a bit...these guys look like goners

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karyn1(7a)

It is done to animals, at least some tropical fresh water fish. I've seen "painted" tetras (dye is injected) as well as genetically modified ones that glow. I think injecting dye into the fish is sick. I'm not against genetic modification but don't see it as a necessity when used to change/enhance the appearance of a fish for the pet trade.

This post was edited by karyn1 on Mon, Jan 21, 13 at 6:57

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greenclaws UKzone8a

Those are GROSS. We see similar over here, not particlarly in Echeverias, but do we get a lot of dyed heathers, dried flowers glued onto on cacti, pebbles glued on the top of the compost and dyed chrysanthemums as cut flowers. So stupid.
As long as they keep producing them, folks will keep on buying them. and vice-versa so I'm afraid it's a bad case of 'the vicious circle syndrome'.
Gill from the UK.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

...so this is kind of like putting food coloring in the vase water of cut daisies? That's not the same category as painted leaves and glued flowers, IMHO... I think. Does it affect the health of the plants?

Philosophically, is there really much difference between any of that stuff and a lady putting makeup on her face, or polish on her nails?

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I died my neighbors white dog shoking pink whe they were away on vacation. The dog loved it.

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noki

I just saw some today. Clearly spray painted, not dyed. Echeveria painted. Also Haworthia Zebra painted bright pink so you can't even see the white lines! Really stupid, any new growth will be green. Why not just sell plastic fake plants?

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

You're absolutely right Paul, I am deluded, of course they'll sell. Horrifying (such unnatural colors too), yes, they will, to be sure. Yep, there are those folks who want plants to match the decor, sad but true.

Guess it was just wishful thinking on my part.

But I did succeed in getting my local supermarket to stop selling those annoying 'Sweetheart' Plants at Valentine's Day. They are Hoya kerriis w/ heart shaped leaves, just a single potted up leaf (or 2) but most buyers don't know that Hoyas won't reproduce a plant from single leaves (9 times out of 10 it won't work). When I spoke up about it, was probably 5 yrs. ago or so & they were selling for $12 a pop. Was too pricey a rip off for me to stay silent. I'm sure it helped that I'm a known & long time customer there, & I felt good to think I saved at least 6-10 folks from being ripped off.

I've unfortunately seen (or maybe seen pix) where folks have dyed their poodles & the small, yappy types dogs w/ pastel colors, talk about awful! Pink, aqua, lilac dogs: guess some folks just have too much time on their hands.

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kaktuskris(5)

I posted a similar thread weeks ago...it is insanity. And when these plants start to grow, what next? Get out the spray paint for a touch up?

Christopher

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chadec(N.C.7b)

I haven't seen this crap yet. But I'm sure as soon as spring arrives the big box stores will be full of em.

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cactusmcharris

Like Chad, this abomination hasn't been witnessed by me, but when it does, an exorcism is in order.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Christopher, In the finishing business, people pay extra for that crackle finish.

Pirate girl, The dog LOVED being pink. she ran around the neigborhood and showed off and then it washed off in a week.

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paul_(z5 MI)

Posted by purpleinopp
Philosophically, is there really much difference between any of that stuff and a lady putting makeup on her face, or polish on her nails?
I would have to say "yes" there is a difference. The woman CHOOSES to put that stuff on her face or nails. (And let's face it ... we've all seen those women who -- lacking any sense of aesthetics in the application of makeup -- "spackle" their makeup on with a trowel and/or chose a gaudy array of colors that would shame a clown). No one is grabbing women off the street and aggressively spraypainting their faces with rainbow hues.

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cactusmcharris

This horror isn't just limited to succulents, no sir - it's all encompassing in the C&S World.

Here is a link that might be useful: Destruction Practice With These Echinocactus

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Yes, it is a horror...and, yes, it's been going on a long time. As long as there are buyers (demand), there will be a supply. They are spray-painted. No, they don't live long, as normal succulents would. People planning weddings & events order them to match their color scheme. They don't intend to keep them. Guess they think it's better (cheaper?) than silk or plastic.

=) Chuckling at Paul's take on it!

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Paul, Not sure plants have any sense of self but interesting, apt analogy. It sounds like you would assume the plants don't like it.

If this dye-injection thing isn't harmful to the plants, if they're likely to continue normal growth given acceptable care and conditions, I don't see any reason not to do it for the people who do like it. If they're trying to train people to buy these (for Valentine's day?) like Poinsettias for Christmas, that may create some ill will since a lot of people will recognize these as long-lived, carefree house plants, expecting them to not only live but to possibly also continue growing with the "new/unusual" appearance/coloring.

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123Greta(9b)

Karen- I actually didn't know that the single heart shaped hoya leaf wouldn't grow into a full plant. I saw one last week and contemplated buying it. So I thank you for saving me money! You can add one more to the number of people who, because of you, didn't throw their money away. :)

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noki

Only $9.99 each! These are without question spray painted.

This post was edited by noki on Thu, Jan 24, 13 at 22:05

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birdsnblooms

Noki...why on earth would anyone dye tropical fish? That's disgusting! Plants are bad enough, but fish!!
Next it'll be birds, dogs and cats. Sheesh!

Karyn. I'm reading posts then replying. Each fish is injected?
Would you happen to know the type of fish, not that it matters, just curious.
Still, think it's disgusting.

Purple. Must agree with Paul about women wearing makeup. Humans have a choice, pets and plants do not.

Paul, there's nothing wrong w/women wearing makeup unless after applying, looks like it was spray painted. lol.
TV commercials hype makeup. Young girls are impressed..dark, red lipstick on a 13-yr-old is too much.

  1. I can't find Karyn's comment about a Hoya 'Heart-shape/Kerrii,' leaf not growing into a full plant? I don't understand..Please explain.

Noki..'ve never seen painted/dyed succulents before. At first glance I thought they were flowers...Toni

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Laura Robichaud

Glass fish have dye injected in them. There's some they actually paint or dip...I didn't know about those. Pretty sickening, huh?

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johnsonm08(5a)

Do a google image search for "tattooed fish"--maybe thats next for the plants too.....

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Toni,

It's my comment about the Sweetheart Hoya leaves not growing into whole plants, the Jan 18th post, 3rd paragraph or close to that, pls. read it again.

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Toni,

It's my comment about the Sweetheart Hoya leaves not growing into whole plants, the Jan 18th post, 3rd paragraph or close to that, pls. read it again.

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Actually, Karen, it was your post above on Jan 21st that has that comment. =)

(Tip: If you are on a laptop or PC, you should be able to press Control, then F -at same time- and put in words to search on the page.)

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cactusmcharris

Plant detective and comment adjudicator is our RoRo.

ps - I watered your dichotoma for the last time in this country.

This post was edited by cactusmcharris on Wed, Jan 23, 13 at 16:10

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Hee hee, thanks for watering MY plant, Jeff. I am preparing to mail out your plants soon (glad to say covering them saved 'em from the freeze)...and the all important CACTUS SHADES (for your arrival in this country)!

Last year, I think it was Colleen that alerted us to this spray painting phenomena. We found the company doing it (at that time), wrote to them, commented on their Facebook page how horrified we were at this practice &, of course, nothing came of it. As long as someone is buying, they will sell them...like the glufers, glued rocks, googly eyes glued on, etc. Sad, sad, sad!

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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Nooo, wasn't me, Rosemarie. :) I haven't seen these gross things in person.

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Oops, sorry, Colleen. It was Rina's post. See below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Last year's post

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noki

Really the problem here...

Overpriced novelties (fake colors, useless pots, gimmicks) may have a better profit margin, so they reduce the amount of variety you can buy. Less choices.

Plus it is another way for stores/dealers to not care if the plants survive. A throwaway product.

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paul_(z5 MI)

Posted by hopefulauthor
"Paul, there's nothing wrong w/women wearing makeup unless after applying, looks like it was spray painted."

I suspect you read my post too quickly, Toni. I never said there was anything wrong with women wearing makeup in general. My issue is with those women who:
Posted by paul_
" -- lacking any sense of aesthetics in the application of makeup "

Posted by hopefulauthor

Next it'll be birds, dogs and cats. Sheesh!

Since you brought it up ....

(*Have to admit, the panda chow made me laaaaaugh....)

Here is a link that might be useful: What kind of wild animal would you like your dog to be?

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paul_(z5 MI)

And just so that cat folk don't feel left out ......

Here is a link that might be useful: How to earn your cat's undying enmity

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Laura Robichaud

Ok, that's absolutely nuts. People have way too much time on their hands.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

People used to pay for pet rocks too... like all fads, this too will pass. Has this discussion made anyone else think of the "painting the roses red" song from Alice in Wonderland?

The painted ones seem unlikely to survive to me. Seems like a good way for stores to avoid having to clearance plants though. If they look bad, just paint 'em...

If the dye doesn't make them die, it just seems like a fun experiment to me, like dyed hair. I don't seem to have the concern or time to put that stuff on myself, but it might be fun with plants. Not sure I understand the dyed ones, the effect on the health (like with the fish mentioned above. I searched and read more about that and agree, that's kind of gross.)

I wasn't trying to be controversial with the analogy above, I just have a pretty relaxed attitude about using plants for our amusement/enjoyment as each person sees fit, can afford, fit in their house, whatever. And we hold plants down and do all kinds of weird things to them, the primary one probably being putting them in a pot. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'd never want to kill one of my plants or knowingly do so, but when experimenting or even in the propagation step, casualties are possible. Of course I wouldn't conduct weird experiments on a sentimental plant, but if I propagate something for the purpose of experiments and it doesn't work out, I don't feel bad about it, just informed and amused. And uhoh, I just bought a pack of googly eyes!

Our dog definitely thinks he's a male lion, napping on the plains, occasionally stretching, a few daily trips around the edges to monitor and inspect his territory, not a care in the world at the top of the food chain...

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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

I was too late to post this myself. You guys beat me to it. While at Home Depot, look what I also saw. I almost bought into it until I looked a little closer. It does make you mad that they are deceiving you. I think it must be food coloring. Paint would kill them. I don't think it will wash out of the plant.
Stush

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hey, Stush. I can see the label on the display in your pic, which comes from these people and you can see the labels on the plants clearly in this article.

And why shouldn't we have blue Anthuriums if people want them? Cars aren't natural, but some of them are very pretty to me.

Can't find much out there to read about this, but it definitely seems to be temporary and not harmful to the plants. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound as easy as just putting food coloring in the water and pouring it in a plant's pot, so not possible to maintain or do at home. Like most fashion trends, Europeans are leading the way into this one.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hey, Stush. I can see the label on the display in your pic, which comes from these people and you can see the labels on the plants clearly in this article.

And why shouldn't we have blue Anthuriums if people want them? Cars aren't natural, but some of them are very pretty to me.

Can't find much out there to read about this, but it definitely seems to be temporary and not harmful to the plants. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound as easy as just putting food coloring in the water and pouring it in a plant's pot, so not possible to maintain or do at home. Like most fashion trends, Europeans are leading the way into this one.

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landruc

Urge to kill... rising...

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mrlike2u(**)

Like them or not any marketing dept. still knows what appeals to some isn't going to be appealing to all.
Tie Dye Tee Shirts to Tie Dye Plants trends and fashion only change.

It's not a debate for questioning do we agree or disagree with the things we see, understanding we cant change things that are not in our control but we can change our view of the things we dont understand.

A question we can ask our selves is are we to criticize someone if they ask for advice on a plant that is not of it's natural color or do we re-assure them with our C&S or other plant cultivating knowledge with hopes to expand they're interest with them.

Look at the bright side what if they had planned to introduce C&S with odd placed odd shaped sizes of body piercings and tattoos.

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paul_(z5 MI)

And mrLike gives marketers their next "gimmick". LOL

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mrlike2u(**)

LOL funny gimmick too, odder things have happened. Not to suggest we buy them and burn then like a religious evangelist group would do if they where Ozzie Ozbourne albums.

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landruc

> It's not a debate for questioning do we agree or disagree with the things we see, understanding we cant change things that are not in our control but we can change our view of the things we dont understand.

I disagree. The person who came up with the idea of painting plants was objectively wrong to do so, the marketing departments that decided to sell them was objectively wrong to do so, and every person who buys one is objectively wrong to do so.

And by wrong I mean evil.

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noki

I suppose one could argue that it is little different from cut flowers... they buy them, put them on a table and say "oh, it's preeeeety", then it dies... throw away buy another. Instead of getting the consumer to buy one $3-4 plant once, they get the consumer to buy the painted plant twice, for twice the price. Good for profit margins.

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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

The whole issue here is being deceived. I am into Sansevieria plants. (Snake plants) A variegated one sells for $60 and a plain one for $6. What's the difference? Well I like the variegated one and hope to see it get more and more variegated with age. What if some one was painting stripes on them and selling them on eBay and you are not getting what you wanted. Some one might want a pretty blue plant and a nice red one and what the hay, a yellow one. Next year they have all the same green ones. That is not nice to do. Not the same as food coloring stuff people know it false colored. Shame on them.

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

I sidetracked off a friend's Facebook page (as often happens) to see a page about a succulent business here in town. They had lots of cute sux in heart dishes (which I like). BUT...I scrolled down a bit & found THIS (Gasp!) silver, spray-painted, carunculated Echeveria:


Ewww, icky poo, yuck!!

I decided not to "like" their page, and noted my horror.

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mrlike2u(**)

Rose there is an award for finding grandma's lost antique broach AT LAST it has been found.

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Oh GOODY! I'm waiting, Mr. Like...where is my reward? Ha ha ha!

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paul_(z5 MI)

I have to agree with you, Stush. Wes, what Stush mentioned is a valid point. Aesthetics aside, it is purely deceitful.

I have run into numerous people who do not realized that the blue phals are dyed. They buy the plant thinking that it will continue to flower blue through the plants life -- not knowing that it will later produce plain white blooms. Though perhaps the marketers have recently ponied up and changed their plant tags to inform buyers of the truth (and I would not be at all surprised if they have not done so), but I do know when the plants first came out they said nothing of the kind. This is false advertising. There is no excuse.

I have not had the displeasure of seeing these painted travesties in person (counting myself lucky there), but I do wonder if the tags on these succulents make it clear that the plants have been painted. If the tags are clear on the subject, then so be it -- the buyer knows what they are getting. If not, then these vendors are bilking customers. (And we all know you cannot simply ASSUME John Q Public will know that the plants "had to have been painted".)

@Rosie: I wonder if that echi with survive its ordeal. Maybe this spring I'll take my paints over to Howard's. He always has plants to get rid of. I can do rainbow colors or paint googly eyes on them.

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mrlike2u(**)

We can wish for that info to be on a dyed or painted plant label Paul but I dont think it would be printed on them anytime soon. To date and by law I think it's only consumable foods that require a complete list all ingredients by name and nutritional values.

Even if every painted plant consumer where to read such a label it's likely result could be the same as you and I warning many others Don't eat at MacDonald's because the food doesn't taste that great.

Eat at fast foods or not, buy painted plants or not someone is still going to do it no matter what another persons view is.

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growforit

Regarding the folks that buy these atrocities - makes me think of Seinfeld when he said, "Whooooo are these people ??"

What's next? Aeoniums have a lot of petals, is it time to turn those into rainbow colored pinwheels ?? How about tie dying succulents to reach even yet another audience?

It's like one of my neighbors - instead of seeing the multitude of shapes, COLORS, sizes, textures etc etc with all the succulents and [a few] cactus in my yard, she says to me 'but there are no flowers, i think you need to plant something with more flowers.'

Ok, I'll get on that right away.

Then I look over at her yard and it's essentially barren. Yeah, and I'm the one that needs to plant flowers ;-) ;-)

Maybe I should go buy her those horrible red and purple succulents [from johnsonsmo8's initial post] to get her going - oh wait, they don't have flowers.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 6:41PM
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noki

"It's like one of my neighbors - instead of seeing the multitude of shapes, COLORS, sizes, textures etc etc with all the succulents and [a few] cactus in my yard, she says to me 'but there are no flowers, i think you need to plant something with more flowers.'"

I've heard many similar rather stupid comments... I consider them kinda rude but whatever, I suppose you should ignore them.

The mindset is... the only reason to bother to grow anything is to make pretty flowers to impress others. That is what they consider the point of gardening, make it pretty to impress the neighbors and visitors. Other than that, working in the yard is stupid. A houseplant is thought of like a basic house decoration, no more.

So if you work in the yard, or have a houseplant, and if it's not cliched "pretty flowers"... you are doing it wrong! What is wrong with you, you are wasting your time! You could be sitting and doing nothing!(which is largely what they did)

I've been asked why I was growing green beans instead of pretty flowers, they didn't understand why I was going to the trouble like I was too clueless to plant flowers. I told them I like to pick and eat the green beans... they couldn't imagine why I would do that?

This post was edited by noki on Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 20:43

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:24PM
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birdsnblooms

Laura & Johnson...I Googled dyed fish and yes, it's disgusting. I'd bet there are many people who find dyed, 'living' fish attractive.
Whomever started this 'fad' should be injected him/herself with polka-dot coloring.

Karen..I can't find your Hoya thread. Was it posted on C&S forum or elsewhere?

Paul..I still don't understand what you mean regarding makeup. lol
Your typed, Toni. I never said there was anything wrong with women wearing makeup in general. My issue is with those women who:
Posted by paul_
" -- lacking any sense of aesthetics in the application of makeup "

What do you mean 'lacking sense of aesthetics?' The way I take it...wearing any makeup, dying hair, etc is, I'd guess, pretentious??? To a degree, at the least.

I didn't see the Panda Chow or cat pics...will view after submitting. Probably get violently ill afterwards.. :)

MrLike...piercings and tats. lol

Where have you guys seen blue Anthuriums and Philodendrons? lol. Toni

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 12:15PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Toni~
Paul was getting at the ones who 'cake' it on!
Tammy Fae Baker? look? lol..

or end up looking like clowns.

My dad always told us girls, less is more. ;-)
Meaning the less makeup we wore, the better we looked. To this day, I think of that every time I put it on.

oh.. and I too find all these painted plants scary! And deceiving!

I like to hang around lowes and point out the glued on flowers and talk them into to another brand. he he...

Paul~ I did get a huge kick out of the Panda painted dog though! Thanks for the laughs!
A friend has a chow, but considering I'm the only person the dog wont eat, I don't think I could paint her, but the thought crossed my mind. lol..

JoJo

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 2:29PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

That's my photo, I think. Where did it end up? That's not a real plant, it's a metal plant made by an artist. There was a show at the Huntington of various cacti/succulents cast in metals.

Here is a link that might be useful: blog post on steel plants

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 6:04PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

This is just beautiful, I thought so when the pic was first posted. I'm not a fan of that kind of Ech myself, but somehow, the silver version really looks fabulous to me. I just think it's beautifully sculpted if it really is sculpted (rather than painted on).

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 9:04PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Hoover Boo...nice blog you have. :) Originally, I saw your pic posted to the Facebook page of Succulently Urban. They gave no explanation of the photo, only that it was "courtesy of" your blog (pieceofeden). I had gone to your blog in search of the pic, but could not find it (not knowing where to search or what to call it).

Now that I have seen that post on your blog...it explains a lot! I believe they are using real plants & dipping them (chromed steel you say), much like folks used to bronze baby shoes. Or cast in metal, as you say ~using real plants for the casting (as you noted it even having the cut on the leaf).

Thank you for solving this mystery for me, hoovb!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:39AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Thanks, Rosemarie. Yes that is solid cast metal not a plant inside there. I was wondering if the artist used a computer-aided fabrication machine (can't remember what the name for those things is) of some sort that "reads" the original and duplicates. Tricky or impossible to cast such a complex structure via traditional methods without assembling individual pieces.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 6:48PM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

They have come to Aurora, I was out shopping and decided to see what they were offering at Meijer's in the way of succulents and cacti.
How sad, one of them actually were peeling. It reminds me of nail polish and how it peels off when it is on thick.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 7:49AM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

Here is the one that was peeling. It really looks like they dip these poor plants in paint. ):

    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 7:50AM
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mark4321_gw

I just ran across this post. I thought I'd add this to the collection. At a Home Depot in San Carlos, CA:

Here is a link that might be useful: Why we don't need fakes...

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 3:35AM
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alkh86(9)

The horror!! I found some this weekend at WM. makes me so sad:(

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 8:40AM
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LullabyF360

I see these all the time at our Home Depot. Thankfully I have never seen them anywhere else. It's just stupid. A lame marketing idea.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 9:39AM
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Allan870

I work weekends at WM and sometimes work in Garden Center. I opened a box of plants, and seen these painted succulents. At first, I got excited. I had never seen anything like them. And then about 10 seconds later, I realized it was paint. What a let down.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 12:33PM
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mark4321_gw

Here's what I found most disturbing. On my return visit to Home Depot today (compare to Apr. 3 picture), this is what I found: most had been SOLD.

This means they are now in peoples' homes (or worse, at work...).

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:11AM
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