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To hate being given house plants as gifts?

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CruCru Sat 06-Apr-13 15:10:40

They generally seem to come with instructions like "put in a bright, sunny spot and water three times a week". My house doesn't have a bright, sunny spot that isn't occupied by something else. And the plants always die, to the irritation of the giver.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 06-Apr-13 15:12:31

YANBU. Whenever someone gives me a plant I have to bite back Thanks, I'm sure I'll kill it in no time

ReluctantBeing Sat 06-Apr-13 15:16:33

I'd love to get a plant. Send them my way!

TheSeventhHorcrux Sat 06-Apr-13 15:17:05

YABU I'd love a houseplant but can never justify buying one for myself. Plus a gift is a gift; its the thought that counts

DeskPlanner Sat 06-Apr-13 15:23:33

YANBU. I don't like indoor plants.--I'm aware that may make me odd.--

DeskPlanner Sat 06-Apr-13 15:24:40

Bloody Strikethrough

trinity0097 Sat 06-Apr-13 15:30:03

I agree, I always kill them, so can I add, please don't give house plants to teachers as Xmas/end of term gifts unless you know that the teacher concerned has green fingers! I'd much rather have a small bunch of flowers than a plant!

whois Sat 06-Apr-13 16:29:40

How many house plants do you get that this is actually a problem?

I'd much rather be given (and give!) a plant that lasts a few weeks or months before dying than cut flowers which last a few days.

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Apr-13 16:31:52


Plants look at me and instantly die hmm

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 06-Apr-13 16:34:54

whois it's the guilt! A house plant is a gift that should last and I feel like a failure when they inevitably die confused At least with cut flowers they're expected to die..

LunaticFringe Sat 06-Apr-13 16:37:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 06-Apr-13 16:40:37

I am currently killing two massive spiky things that I gave to my parents and they gave back hmm

I like them but I really cannot cope with houseplants! They always die.

gorionine Sat 06-Apr-13 16:42:30

I kill plants too but I still love receiving them!

Panzee Sat 06-Apr-13 16:45:46

I hate houseplants. I seem to have an abundance of flies when I have them.

GraceSpeaker Sat 06-Apr-13 16:52:46


It does imply that you care enough to care for them. I don't. Flowers preferable - at least then they die quickly and painlessly. Cacti have died while in my care (suicide).

susiey Sat 06-Apr-13 16:53:49

YANBU I hate having house plants I have enough people to care for I do not need anything else to remember!

They are nice in other people's houses but not mine they just die from neglect!

Dfg15 Sat 06-Apr-13 20:05:41

I love houseplants - unfortunately I haven't got the space for too many. love em

drjohnsonscat Sat 06-Apr-13 20:18:00

Agree. I have 2 DCs to keep alive and that's quite enough for me. Having to attend to a house plant just seems like a totally pointless extra chore. I got given a horrible poinsettia a couple of years ago and it's still going strong (can't definitively kill it as donor is regular visitor). Also hate being brought flowers. I know this makes me a total freak but I don't like them, don't like the smell (esp of lilies), don't like cleaning out the rotting water, don't like the way they clutter things up. I'm not even minimalist but I just want them out of the way.

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 06-Apr-13 20:19:42

This thread was a good reminder to actually water them though...

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