Quote from this Ikea display.
"Perfect if you can't have a live plant, but still want to enjoy the beauty of nature."
It was hard to believe what I was seeing and reading at Ikea recently. A fake herb translates to "beauty of nature"?
I can remember when Ikea was one of my favorite stops to check out live plants and containers. They have always had artificial plants but were in the minority. Not any more.
There are now more fake plants than real. Busy people are obviously dropping the hassle of learning the tricky finger-poking “drench and drain “ method to keep houseplants alive.
We live in an age where extension program educators (many with PhD’s) still recite the stupid “make sure your pot has drain holes” mantra. These are educators who are tenured and unfortunately for all of us they still live in an age of ferns in macramé hangers.
Information about simple to use, water saving sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) is largely suppressed by their ignorance and no-tech ideology.
It is a national disgrace supported by taxpayers. Everyone, including kids, can have a green thumb by using water-saving, user-friendly SIPs. We should be teaching them about how to grow plants in SIPs in our public schools. Instead we give them clay pots to play with.