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

All the painted succulents

Stop painting them

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

Kosmik Kactus

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….

Peeling Paint

And, obviously it isn’t flake proof….

All the colors

Stop gluing flowers on

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. Most people have 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 below.

Hot glue strings

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.

Leave them natural

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 really not the best choice for the company. Just my opinion. What is your opinion? Do you think these plants are okay and do you see houseplants as throw-away plants anyway when they are past their prime? Let me know in the comments.

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