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Name: Kim
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klc
Sep 11, 2015 2:37 PM CST
I just received plants that I purchased from another member and it made me remember something my Mother stressed upon me as a little girl.... "Never say 'thank you' for a plant because it will die if you do!" She always said "I appreciate you sharing this plant with me." To this day I still can't say "thank you" when someone shares a plant!!

Does anyone else follow that tale?? What do you say??

What other old wives tales do you "believe" in when it comes to plants etc.....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 8:39 AM CST
Lot's of people share that opinion - do not say "Thank you" but to say something that will indicate you plan to treat the plant with love and kindness, such as "This will look lovely near my window" or "My husband loves purple flowers" or some other such thing to indicate the plant has a new forever home.

At our local swap we exchange hundreds of plants and tons of 'thanks you' and my yard looks like a jungle. Rolling on the floor laughing So maybe it is just a superstition? Shrug!

The one that I heard from a woman in Georgia is not about receiving a plant as a gift; when 'borrowing' cuttings from someone's yard/garden:
Never ask permission or the cuttings will not thrive.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 12, 2015 9:48 AM CST
greene said:
The one that I heard from a woman in Georgia is not about receiving a plant as a gift; when 'borrowing' cuttings from someone's yard/garden:
Never ask permission or the cuttings will not thrive.


Now, that one works for me! Hilarious!

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Reine
Sep 12, 2015 1:27 PM CST
klc said:I just received plants that I purchased from another member and it made me remember something my Mother stressed upon me as a little girl.... "Never say 'thank you' for a plant because it will die if you do!" She always said "I appreciate you sharing this plant with me." To this day I still can't say "thank you" when someone shares a plant!!

Does anyone else follow that tale?? What do you say??

What other old wives tales do you "believe" in when it comes to plants etc.....


I grew up hearing this all the time. Smiling

Name: Kim
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klc
Sep 12, 2015 1:53 PM CST
Now that I think back on it... many years ago!!... I remember my Mom and an older friend doing a little ritual when June would give my Mom a plant. June would say something like... "this plant would be perfect for you, etc" and she would set it down and walk away. Mom would then pick it up and "hide" it behind her back.

Had something to do with "stealing" the plant??....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying

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