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Woman discovers she's been watering a plastic plant. For two years.

Perhaps the scariest part of this post is the fact she describes herself on her Facebook page as a "stay-at-home parent."

In a post from last Friday that's just gone viral, Caelie Wilkes, who lives in the Northern California town of Ukiah, dropped a bombshell.

"I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about 2 years now," she writes, along with a photo of her holding what appears to be a lovely, pale green aloe vera-looking plant in a square plastic container.

"I was so proud of this plant," Caelie goes on, describing how much she loved it, how she was careful to water it regularly and how she would get "so defensive" whenever anyone other than she tried to water it.

"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."

Caelie also includes an image of the plant with a corner of the container cut away, revealing styrofoam inside with fine gravel and sand glued to the surface, to mimic soil."

That's right.  Caelie had been watering a plastic plant.  For two years.  And had absolutely no clue.

"I feel like these last two years have been a lie," she writes, displaying either an admirably dry sense of humor, or an absolute lack of irony and self-awareness.

As noted, her post has gone viral around the world.  Some commenters are sympathetic, saying they, too, have been fooled by fake plants.  Other commenters are -- well, you can imagine.

Good news, though.  Caelie says her local Home Depot has come to the rescue and given her some assorted, actual living succulents, for free.






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