A plant lover from California was left devastated when she discovered the reason her succulent remained in “perfect” condition wasn’t down to her love and dedication.

For two years, Caelie Wilkes watered her succulent religiously every day, making sure it was getting the right amount of sunlight and regularly cleaning the leaves.

“I was so proud of this plant. It was full, [had] beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant. I had it up in my kitchen window,” Caelie Wilkes shared on Facebook.

She even admitted to having a strict watering plan for it, saying she would get “defensive” if anybody else tried to water it.

It was only when Wilkes decided it was time to repot the succulent into a new vase that she noticed it was fake.

“I just wanted to keep good care of it. I absolutely loved my succulent,” Caelie wrote.

“I put so much love into this plant! I washed its leaves. Tried my hardest to keep it looking it’s best, and it’s completely plastic! How did I not know this? I pull it from the container it’s sitting on styrofoam with sand glued to the top!” she wrote.

“I feel like these last two years have been a lie,” Wilkes concluded

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