Thursday, June 4, 2015

WWTT #21, from Louisville!

Back in March I mourned the loss of my plant-nerd friend Bridget as she moved to Louisville, Kentucky. Well as it turns out I may have lost a local friend but I gained a danger garden correspondent! This installment of "What Were They Thinking" comes from Louisville, courtesy of Bridget's stop at Lowes...

Because of the chipped pot Bridget picked up this guy on the cheap. She went to repot it and discovered they'd glued the gravel top dressing in place. I suppose it makes shipping a breeze, no messy soil or gravel getting out of the container.

But really? WWTT?

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27 comments:

  1. I've seen this before with potted succulents, maybe purchased from Lowe's (in St. Louis). It was a few years ago, so this is not something new. Obviously it works for them since they're still doing it. Now I want Rice Krispies treats...

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    1. But how much attention would these stores pay to customer complaints? I'm thinking not much.

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  2. AnonymousJune 04, 2015

    Loree, I'll be your correspondent any day of the week! -Bridget

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    1. You know how much that means to me!

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  3. Poor thing, and that gravel disc looks like rice or oat cakes!

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    1. Yes it does! (Hence Alan's hunger pangs).

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  4. This is the first time I've see this. Horrible! Was Bridget able to break apart the gravel disc?

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    1. Eventually, where there is a will there is a way.

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  5. Worth it, though, for that weird crested/fasciated plant. But I'm also wondering, does it have roots? I would also be so tempted to save that silly disc and use it for a piece of garden art.

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    1. There are few roots, if you look close. And what, I wonder, would you do with such a small disc?

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  6. The plant is cool, the gravel is weird. I've found that glued gravel in a small potted cycad, Chipped the pot trying to get it out and the gravel shattered all over the place.

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  7. It's a strange practice for sure! I've seen it at box stores before. The glued gravel mulch usually breaks apart with a little tap of a hammer if you have to get rid of it.

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    1. So you've bought such a creature?

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  8. That's a new one for me. I hope Bridget got the plant out of its "special" packaging unscathed.

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    1. She's pretty talented so imagine she succeeded.

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  9. Lowes and the other big box...the spray paint and glue...so many crimes against nature...

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  10. Wow, I´ve never seen this. I can't believe they do it, hahaha. Poor plants...

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    1. As Emily said, crimes against nature.

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  11. I one bought several cactus in a pot in Arizona. It had the same treatment. I had to remove it all so the soil could dry out. But then what do you expect from shops that sell painted succulents and glued on flowers.

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  12. Seen it, cringed over it. Really, this and the spray painted, glued on flowers make me sick. I've seen it done with Cycas revoluta "bonsai" and even schefflera, too.

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    1. Can you imagine the meeting? Glue? Gravel? Ya, that sounds like a great idea.

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  13. Do I detect a "free the plants!" movement forming?

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  14. It's like a gravel tutu!

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  15. Bahahahahahahah...WTH!!!???

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