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Cereoid+10 cereoid at prodigy.net
Thu Sep 5 05:49:30 EST 2002

Oh politically incorrect and naive Johnny boy.

No matter how hard you try, you can never teach a dog to fly.

Accept you limitations and move on to something you actually can do.

Some people just don't have the time or inclination to care for plants
properly. That's the way it is in the real world. You just have to learn to
accept it, sweetpea. It would probably break your little heart if you knew
the actual fates of the plants you sold so innocently so long ago. Most of
what you "taught" went in one ear and out the other!! You make me laugh.

John Margetts <john at jmargetts.fslife.co.uk> wrote in message
news:al6rfb$53m$1 at newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Richi,
> Never, ever accept your limitations, or else you end up a cripple.
> You may not know enough at the present to grow huseplants, but you can
> certainly learn.  The main things are light and water.  Buy plants that
> your light levels and ask how to water them.  It's watering that lets most
> unsuccessful people down.  The basic technique for watering is to wait
> the soil/compost is mostly but not completely dry and then give plenty,
> allowing the pot to drain well after watering.
> You can learn: plants, brain surgery, rocket science, whatever, but not by
> listening to Cereoid+10.
> Cereoid+10,
> I ran my own nursery for many years and was always happy to sell plants to
> anyone, and I was always happy to teach them whatever they needed to know.
> Returning customers suggested I was quite successful.
> John
> "Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> news:I_nd9.2471$X77.51040462 at newssvr15.news.prodigy.com...
> > Actually not at all helpful. John should wake up and smell the rotting
> > foliage.
> > Anyone who works in a nursery/florist that cares about plants would not
> sell
> > you live plants to take home and kill. You should seek out someone who
> sells
> > them cheap off the back of a truck who is trying to make a quick buck
> > couldn't care less about the fate of the plants.
> >
> > It is unrealistic to expect you to suddenly be able to master growing
> plants
> > because your admitted black thumb is an indication that you have neither
> the
> > time nor inclination to care for them properly. Plants are living things
> > that need to be care for not inanimate objects or accessories. You would
> be
> > better advised to get (artificial) silk plants or sculpture than to kill
> > more plants. Accept your limitations. Some sort of phallic sculpture
> > impress the chicks, if that is your goal.
> >
> <snip>

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