A first it may look fun. Who wouldn’t be attracted to brilliant hues of green, blue, yellows? Glitter? You can never not have enough glitter during the holidays! But what happens once the season is over? What do you do with that poor hot pink cactus? How do you keep the lime-green poinsettia alive?
Yes, these painted plants will not make it. They look cute but their fate has been decided for them. Take a look at the cactus above. They have been painted with opaque colors that have completely blocked their ability to photosynthesize. Plants, unlike animals, make their own food through photosynthesis by taking sunlight and carbon dioxide and turning it into oxygen and sugars. This only works when the plant is able to access light. If has been painted – no light will reach the plant.
No light. No food.
Can the plants be saved? Probably not. The paints that were used are probably not water soluble so they will not easily scrub off. Not to mention trying to scrub off a plant that is covered in thorns would be easy in the first place. Cacti and poinsettias can be a challenge to keep a live in the best conditions. Add a layer of paint makes it exceptionally harder.
My best advice? Keep on walking and divert your eyes. Nothing to see here.