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When Artificial Houseplants Look Real

Recently I went into a nearby Marshalls.

There I found tables and shelves of houseplants. There were dozens.

My first thought was how great that Marshalls is supporting the current craze for houseplants.

I found myself in the same store a couple of times since then.

Saw the same plants. Never gave a thought to their watering need.

Yesterday I went in and all the plants were gone. There were dozens of them, each in a pot.

Where did they go?

I asked the sales manager what happened. She pointed me to the back of the store, their new home.

Spontaneously I asked, “Those plants are real, right?”

She said, “Oh no. They’re all artificial.”

In all my trips to Marshalls I thought these plants were real.

Here is a photo I took yesterday: l

A tray filled with houseplants at a local Marshalls

Notice the detail in color and shape. It seems like a wonderful selection.

I wondered why there were no tags with the genus and species.

When I looked up close, the only tag I saw was “Made in China.”

In my defense, I must mention that in the past I remember that I did buy a live plant from Marshalls.

The details of where and when I do not remember.

Has this ever happened to you?

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  1. I can’t say I have been fooled but that isn’t to say it won’t happen. Artificial plants are getting so very close to the look and feel of the real thing. It is sad in a way. Growing and taking care of plants isn’t too difficult and what they give back to us is so much.

    1. Greg, I agree. Nothing like growing a plant yourself – onw that you put in the ground, watered, tended to weeds surrounding it, and saw it grow. Great fun.

  2. I’ve been fooled a couple of times by artificial hedges. Plus one time, a topiary hedge was so perfect I wrongly assumed it was artificial. Our need to see green runs deep.

    1. Charlotte, thank you for your contribution. How true. I believe too that our need for green is deep, and omni-present.

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