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Apparently Painting Succulents Is a Trend and I'm Not Sure How I Feel

Elizabeth Gulino
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From House Beautiful

Succulents are the trendiest of trendy house plants-and they're literally everywhere. There are succulent gardens, succulent pillows, succulent bouquets and even succulent candles ready and available for the plant-lover to purchase. A new take on this hard-to-kill houseplant can add a serious pop of color to your windowsill-but also has some biophiles scratching their heads.

Spotted in Home Depot by House Beautiful's own Editorial Director, Joanna Saltz, these colorful plants can definitely add some special pizazz to a regular ol' plant. But the spray-painted succulents have stirred up a debate on whether or not this technique is exactly safe for the plant-not to mention whether we should just be enjoying the succ's natural beauty. As always, the internet has some strong opinions.

Photo credit: Joanna Saltz

A blog post on Gardening Succs back in 2014 points out the exact painted succulents from Home Depot that we've found today-and people were not necessarily pleased. While some comments were appalled at the painted succulents, others were quick to point out that most companies use non-toxic paint and that the plants actually lose the artificial color over time.

One commenter said Home Depot doesn't actually paint the plants themselves, but rather sells the plants on consignment from vendors. Whether or not you're into this trend, you should always be making sure you're using the best products to keep your plant babies as healthy as can be.


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