Plant Abuse – Case #2 Succulents Tortured with Glitter

Poor little Echeveria…

Every year, right before Christmas, I start to see what type of torture some marketing firms have dreamed up to torture plants. This year seems to be following a glitter / bling theme. As many of the suppliers of our annuals and evergreens also sell the austerities, I get to see these tortured plants first hand. It’s so sad, in my opinion. I don’t understand why a plastic version of these plants can’t be marketed. Non-plant folks don’t understand that the coating of glitter is suffocating the plant.How would you like to be covered in glitter?!? It didn’t turn out well for the girl in ‘Goldfinger‘.

Now THAT is a beautiful Christmas succulent pot!!

I did see a wonderful alternative for folks that want to share winter succulents that look Christmassy and are not being tortured. I have no affiliation to the Edsy shopΒ that sells these, just an appreciation of the designs, and the fact they are not being tortured. They are also very well done, in my opinion. The best part is that you can remove the ‘Christmas’ part of this pot and still have a beautiful arrangement. Please consider one of these arrangements before buying a tortured, painted or glittered plant.

Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

49 thoughts on “Plant Abuse – Case #2 Succulents Tortured with Glitter

  1. GEEZ! I haven’t been anywhere lately so I haven’t seen the glitter. I was horrified when I saw how they started coloring succulents a few years ago. Last year it was the Sansevieria. Then there is to hot glue issue. I think this mistreatment of plants should be as illegal as the mistreatment of pets and children, or anyone else for that matter. Thanks for posting this and I will be sure to avoid the garden center at Wal-Mart. I hope you are doing well! πŸ™‚

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  2. Well I hope whatever sadist is selling these poor sparkle plants is also selling a mini broom and dustpan with it, because glitter is nothing but a huge mess! I don’t even use glittery ornaments on my tree for that reason. Tinsel garlands satisfies my shiny needs, and sometimes that sheds too much too.

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  3. It’s such a pity …. I have seen recolouring done to roses , and I have always felt bad about it, feeding the rose with coloured water. I.don’t know how it affects the plant but I feel like somehow it is bad for them…

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  4. The thing about all that glitter garbage that really gets up my nose is that these people think that they have to ‘improve’ on what mother nature has done. To use an Aussie phrase, I think they are all a bunch of dead-set dropkicks. I won’t explain, but it has a negative connotation.

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