So I work at Wal-Mart and a month or so ago I was working in Garden Center. They had these cute little “air ferns” in tiny little pots for 3 bucks or so. Apparently they were plants that didn’t need water or anything to survive. My kind of plant. I’m bad with plants, I actually killed a cactus once.
But I digress.
I took it home and my dad told me that he didn’t think it was real. I figured that it must be real because, come on, it was in garden center with all the other living plants. Therefore one naturally comes to the conclusion that the air fern is also a living plant.
But this started to bug me. I mean, it looked like a real, albeit tiny, fern. It even had a kind of musty plant-like smell to it. But I noticed that it had no roots. I conducted an experiment. I pinched off a branch to see if it would turn brown. Two weeks later it’s still green.
So I googled “air fern” and that’s when I realized that I’d been duped. Apparently, an “air fern” is NOT a true fern. It is the skeletal remains of a dead marine hydrozoan which has been dyed green.