It took Cailie Wilkes two years to finally find out that she was watering a plastic plant.
Succulents look so much like real plants, some people find it hard to believe they are anything but that. Caelie Wilkes was one of them. Being a plant lover, she began caring for her succulent for two years, only to be brought to her attention that it was actually a fake, reports Fox News. Like always she'd been watering the plant and cleaning the leaves, but on February 28, 2020, she came to realize this whole part of her life was built on a lie. The way Wilkes came to know about the plant was quite funny. She decided it was time enough for her plant to be transferred into a different vase and went to remove it. That's when she realized that it was sitting on a Styrofoam with sand glued on top of it.
How did she not notice the water just running off instead of absorbing into the soil?— Dr. NBA MVP-elect AlwaysDOWright (@AlwaysDOWright) March 3, 2020
"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. I had it up in my kitchen window," she wrote on Facebook according to the outlet. Wilkes had made the plant a serious part of her life and would reprimand those who would try to touch them or even cast a gaze at her plant. She continued: "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. Today I decided it was time to transplant, I found the cutest vase, that suited it perfectly. I go to pull it from the original plastic container it was purchased with to learn this plant was FAKE. I put so much love into this plant!"
As a former florist I can't help but get hysterical over this. Poor fool.— Florence of Arabia (@ArabiaFlorence) March 3, 2020
Her entire world was now shattered, her tone seemed defeated. "I washed its leaves. I 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." Ever since she shared the hilarious yet sad incident on Facebook, it has gone viral on social media. The fake plant post accumulated thousands of reactions, shares, and comments. According to the New York Post, people sympathized with Wilkes on the Facebook post and wrote: "It’s like when you’re in college or high school, and they give you that fake baby to carry around for months to teach you what it’s like to be a mom."
Found out today I’ve been watering a fake plant for like 2 years. My life is a series of sitcom punchlines. pic.twitter.com/aRV4idxCde— Justin Davis (@ErrorJustin) May 19, 2018
Another user suggested she take care of it regardless of the point. “If you loved your plant so much, what’s it matter if it’s fake? Just cut the styrofoam to fit your new pot and keep the ‘plant’ you love.” Yet another added: "My friend at work always kills the plants because she doesn’t water them, so I put a fake one in the cafe. She watered it for a month before I told her it was fake." A user from Germany also offered some encouragement to Wilkes and said: "Now that you practiced two years, it's time to get a real one and show the world you can do it!"
🤣🤣🤣Something my husband would do!— Beach Mimi (@marieptoto) March 3, 2020