One woman’s dedication to looking after her succulent for two years has been labelled ‘a lie’ after she discovered it was plastic.

Caelie Wilkes was a proud plant owner – she even had a watering plan for her succulent.

“…if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it,” she wrote on Facebook.

After two years, Caelie decided to re-pot it.

Instead of finding soil and roots, she found polystyrene.

Her plant, which she had even lovingly washed its puffy little leaves, wasn’t real.

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“Tried my hardest to keep it looking its best, and it’s completely plastic,” she lamented.

“How did I not know this? I feel like these last two years have been a lie.”

But instead of being ridiculed, Caelie has been getting some solid support from an indoor plant enthusiast group that picked up on the story.

  • “My cousin did this. She kept watering her mum’s plant for months before she discovered it was fake.”
  • “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.”
  • “When I was a beginner plant owner my mum gifted me a fake succulent but I thought it was real and this has happened to me, took me months to realise it was fake.”
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