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Spray-Painted Plants

by Barbara-


I saw this sad-looking painted succulent at my favourite garden store.


I don’t see how this is an improvement on the original colour. I mean black…with glitter! Who does that?! Who would buy this really? I assume that is why this was done¬†– for sales right? All sides of the leaves were painted, top and bottom. At least they left a few leaves intact so the poor plant can undergo photosynthesis.

anth1I saw these spray-painted Anthuriums in another store. I don’t know much about Anthuriums, but I do know they come in a few colours. However, I’m pretty sure these colours aren’t au naturel. I must admit they were eye-catching and the paint job looks better than the succulent above.


Not all the leaves were painted. Only the spathe and the spadix.

spray painted anthuriums

The blue paint job looks like it’s peeling off leaving behind one ugly mess.

Any thoughts on spray-painted plants?

Till next time!


Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.


  1. Jaquelyn Shaw

    Not sure plants like plastic surgery. Like humans always trying to improve something about their physical appearance. Natural is the best look. Nature is the best designer!

    17 . Jan . 2015
    • Barbara

      Well Said Jaquelyn!

      17 . Jan . 2015
  2. Audrey

    Spray painted plants look weird and unreal! Plus the paint is harmful as the plants are unable to breathe.

    17 . Jan . 2015
    • Barbara

      I totally agree Audrey. I was really shocked to see especially the succulent. The painted colour wasn’t even that appealing. I know some succulents like aenioum can be black but they look better when it’s natural.

      17 . Jan . 2015
  3. Yayra Torkornoo

    I do not like the spray painted plants. How are the plants going to survive with the paint covering them? Can they photosynthesize? Anyway, I think the natural plants are still pretty.

    16 . Jan . 2015
    • Barbara

      I agree Yayra. I like the natural plants better.

      16 . Jan . 2015

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