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As small children, my cousin and I accidentally broke a hula-hoop, spilling tiny orange 'seeds' all over the yard. So, we dug a hole, planted the seeds, and watered them regularly, waiting for our hula-hoop tree to grow.
For my whole life I have had this inexplicable aversion to weeds. At some point in my childhood I brought my mother a fistful of dandelions. She told me they were weeds, and I literally have not touched one since.
I thought if someone is in a vegatative state they literally turn into a giant vegetable!
I used to believe my dad would plant light bulbs every year to make the plants grow. I didn't understand it was just bulbs.
I thought venus fly traps are from the planet Venus
I used to believe wild flowers were dangerous because they were "wild." I thought the safe flowers were domesticated flowers.
I used to believe that if I broke a piece of grass in half and replanted the pieces, two new pieces of grass would grow.
When I was about 5 years old I my grandad took me to the park and bought me a strawberry ice lolly. When we got home I asked what would happen to my lolly stick. He told me that if you buried the stick in the garden, it would grow into whatever plant the flavour had been.
It was only when I was 13 that I found out that the strawberry plant in front of the house wasn't my lolly plant.
When I was a child I used to believe that garlic would grow in braids as I used to see them at the markets. I discovered that braids of garlic were made by people only when I was a grown-up.
Our playground in elementary school was in rough shape. All along the outer perimeter away from all the equipment, tall grass grew and and it was peppered with these nasty burs that would stick into your clothes and skin. I used to think the teachers planted those to keep us kids from wandering off. I was determined to prove this and if I ever went to a nursery or plant store with my mom, I'd frantically look for those seeds so I could show the world what the teachers were up to.
When I was little, my older brother and I used to cut weeds with sticks all the time, and this white juice would ooze from the broken stems. One day I cut myself outside playing, and he told me that weed juice would make it heal faster and take the pain away. The placebo worked, and I believed this until I was 11. Before then, I managed to pass the 'secret' on to my friends, who believed it and told their friends, and so on. Who knows where this is now...
My great-grandma had this 10-inch clear plastic tree, and she would stick gumdrops on the ends of the branches. I thought they grew from the tree until I was 14.
When I was little my sister told me that the little berry tomatoes that grow on bushes turned into snakes. A lot of stores have them growing in their parking lots. I always thought it was irresponsible of them to grow those plants where so many people visit.
Up until I was about 9 years old, I thought that trees grew up from blades of grass that were never mowed for years and years. I thought that forests were made if no one mowed the grass in a certain area for a long time, and that was why there were no forests in cities, just an occasional tree here and there that someone either missed or left for show.
I was taught in school that plants produced oxygen and took in our carbon dioxide. So I would go around grabbing leaves and would breathe into them deeply and then breathe out really hard, thinking I was getting more air that way, and helping plants grow in the process -.-
I used to believe that stars came from the floating sparks of a campfire. More than once I tried to throw ash in to the sky hoping a star would "stick".
I used to believe cotton fields were really marshmallow fields because thats what my brothers told me. i always wanted to go run through them but my dad said that if i did the stuff they pray on them would get on me and i would turn into a marshmallow.
I used to believe that the cattails (bullrushes) that grew around my grandma's house were liable to explode like land mines if I touched them. This was because my grandma would use them to decorate during the fall and to deter me from touching them she came up with a story about them exploding. I was too afraid to ever try to touch on to figure out for myself.
i had a neighbour who had put egg shells on a aloe vera plant, & from that day i thought eggs grew on that palnt. (egg plant)
I used to beleive that corn fields were called corn flakes so every time i saw the corn field i would call them corn flakes