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How to Grow a Silk Plant?

Updated on June 14, 2020

A silk plant given to me by a friend.

A limerick/poem about a silk plant given to me by a friend and how and why I was asked to take it home and what happened then.

I do not know if the person who told me to take my silk plant home really thought that it was my plant that was attracting the fruit flies, even though the flies were nowhere near my plant. Or did she not know that the plant is not real?


My Silk Plant

The very plant that I was asked to take home.
The very plant that I was asked to take home. | Source
How do you grow a silk plant, I haven't really tried?
How do you grow a silk plant, I haven't really tried?

How to Grow a Silk Plant

By Shyron Shenko


Michael got a hitch in his get-a-long

That made me want to write a poem or a song

Michael said my plant must go

And he told Amanda, the supervisor so


He said she is growing a plant over there

That is why the flies are in the air

You must make her take it home to give it care

Surely you must see those flies are everywhere


Then Amanda came to ask of me

Could you do me a favor please?

And take your plant home we think that it is producing fleas

And it's about to make me sneeze


I'll be happy to take it home, at least my hubby will be pleased.

You see! Fruits attract the fruit flies....

Dogs attract the fleas

My poor maligned silk plant does not attract either one of these


As I was heading for the door - my silk plant laying in my hand

My ears were assaulted by a rude command

"DON'T LEAN IT OVER, YOU'LL GET WATER AND DIRT UPON THE FLOOR!"

It will bring the fleas and flies and maybe more


Oh, there is no dirt and I have not watered it and so.....

If I give it water, it might begin glow

And then you folks would know

That is how to make a silk plant grow


© 2014 Shyron E Shenko

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    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 days ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and for posting. Yes I think that Mike and Amanda are probably trump supporters, but maybe not trump supporters are mean and evil.

      Blessings my dear friend stay safe. Yes we wear our masks when we are out in public.

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      C E Clark 

      7 days ago from North Texas

      This is a great story, the more so because it is true! I think the people complaining about the plant and wanting it removed were future Trump supporters. Their minds seem to have things in common.

      Posting this to FB & AH.

      Hope all is well and that you are making every effort to stay healthy and safe. Blessings, dear friend . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      8 months ago from North Texas

      As you know, this is one om favorite works by you. I am continually amazed that people have some crazy ideas, like the ideas they had about this artificial plant. I still wonder at how humans have managed to infest this planet to the extent they have given some of the strange things they seem to believe, similar to what you have written here. Different subject matter, but seemingly a similar thinking process.

      Posting this to FB & AH. Hope all is well with you. Blessings dear friend. Be safe . . .

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      C E Clark 

      11 months ago from North Texas

      Back again to post this incredulous story-poem to AH and FB. Incredulous because it is so well told, and incredulous that such a thing could have ever happened. I really think there is more than one level of "challenged." Some people are very smart about certain things, sometimes about a lot of things, but somehow there's a disconnect and they really believe something absurd and nonsensical.

      Blessings and hugs for you dear friend. Take care . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      17 months ago from North Texas

      Had to come back and read this again. It never gets old, or less incredible that those people couldn't understand that silk plants don't confound gnats. Posting this to AH and FB. A few of my FB followers have read some of your poems that I posted so I hope you will get more and more readers as a result.

      Hope all is well and that you're managing OK with this awful cold weather we're getting when it should be spring. Blessings dear friend . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      22 months ago from North Texas

      Love this story! It describes the thinking of so many people it boggles the mind. How anyone could imagine that an artificial plant could draw bugs is beyond me, but it has come to light in the last year and a half, just how many people are quick to accept and believe the wildest things!

      Posting to FB and Awesome HubPages

      Take care, dear friend. Hope all is well with you.

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great article for explaining why some people are asking, "Why can't we all just get along?" The reason is because some people believe silk or artificial plants can draw bugs and nothing will dissuade them from that belief. Yup that's the reason. They apply that same reasoning to everything in life. Is it any wonder this world is so f'd up? As in the case of this poem, the people who are screwing this world up are the same people who are usually in charge.

      Take care dear friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for reading my funny, but true account of my silk plant.

      Hope you are staying out of the heat.

      Blessings my friend.

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      This is so funny! I just had to read it again. Can't believe those people were so out of touch even after you told them the plant wasn't real. Going to share this on Awesome HubPages too.

      All of you take special precautions over the next few weeks while we're in the hundreds temperature range. Stay cool.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment, and for sharing, you are probably right about how they voted they were not smart enough to voted otherwise.

      Hope all is well with you .

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Back to read this funny story to brighten this dreary rainy chilly day. Expect all the people in this story (except you) voted for Trump. Everyone will likely have 4 looooong years to regret Trump's win, but if things go as I think they might, Republicans will be doing their own share of regretting. ;)

      Sharing this as well as your other articles. Take care . ..

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

      I have been enjoying the clouds, I never thought I would say that about our state, but I thank God for the cloudy days.

      I hope all is well with you also.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      This story is so characteristic of most humans. Just like the pin I had removed from one of my boards on Pinterest for being too sexually suggestive, and various other things that have happened of late that are of the same mentality as this incident with the silk plant. Sharing this again.

      Sharing this excellent story again. Hope you are enjoying the clouds. Won't be much longer and we will have relentless sun. Has stayed cooler here by 5 degrees than forecast and at this hour it's cooling down.

      Do hope all is well with you. Take care, dear friend. Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Audrey (vocalcoach) thank you so very much for the comment and compliment, I really do appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You are incredible my friend! Really enjoyed this poem s well as comments left by other hubbers. Big thanks!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, forgive me for taking so long to reply. Thank you for the comments and for sharing the again.

      I hope that all is well with you. take care.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Life has been anything but funny the last day or so. Maybe a few days longer than that. This exemplifies how so many people think that I had to come back and read it for a laugh. Sharing again.

      Hope you're inside where it's warm and dry. Rain wasn't that bad, but since we don't need it I'd prefer it went to California. Hope all is well with you and John. Take care . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Paula, thank you for the comment.

      Yes I did, not the bendable kind either. LOL

      Blessings and hugs

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for sharing this.

      No resting around here, never a dull moment.

      Blessings to you also

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      Suzie 

      4 years ago from Carson City

      Funny! You must work with a fine group of plastic people! LOL

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I would give this another share. I needed something to make me laugh and this jumped out at me. Then I remembered that it's people like this who run our world and make the rest of us sorry we're alive. An excellent poem just the same and one of my favorites.

      Hope you've got your feet up and resting in the cool. Blessing to you and John . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you dear friend for the comments, and for sharing. I don't know how they came to believe this plant could attract bugs. but anyway the plant still sits on a table in my living room.

      I hope all is well with you, take care.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      I really love this story. Even in the face of realizing the plant wasn't real, they persisted on their same theory, that it was calling bugs. How have humans infested this planet to the extent they have given most people's their ability to think and reason?

      Sharing again . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Audrey (vocalcoach), thank you so much for the compliment, comments and for sharing. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs.

      Shyron

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, It makes me happy that this made you smile. Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend. ss

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Timetraveler2, thank you for the comment.

      These silk plants do look real, lol. I did bring mine home, and think the lighting must have stunted it's growth, it has not grown at all.

      Thank you again for the comment.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      Yes, would you believe my silk plant is doing very well, after all these years.

      I am glad we could get outside also and work on everything, but it is still so wet it is hard to cut the grass.

      I hope you have gotten over your cold. and all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your poem is delightful and reminds me not to take life too serious. Thanks Shyron for making me chuckle. I'll share this for sure!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I needed a smile today! Thank you!! This was just what I needed

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      5 years ago from USA

      This is so funny! A friend actually did give me a silk plant that I thought was real, and I watered it regularly...for a good number of months...until she let me know it wasn't real. Duhhhh!!!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Always enjoy this poem and remembering those people at Verizon where we both worked at the time and how they were convinced their problems were all because of your silk plant. Sharing.

      Glad you got outdoors and too bad you couldn't have just sat and enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels, etc. Hope you and John are both doing well. Hope your meeting was beneficial. Blessings and Hugs . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the wonderful comment and for sharing. Were you working with me when this happened, I don't remember.

      You must have had some funny experiences. I got an e-mail called "They Walk Among Us" that told of so many things lie this.

      My Christmas plans are to just celebrate the birth of Jesus. I hope you plans go smoothly and you have a blessed one.

      You are welcome, isn't it nice to have a mouse dream about you?

      God Bless and keep you dear friend.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Sometimes a person just needs a good laugh and this article can provide it. Imagine people being so dense?

      Many years ago now, back when we were trying to raise money to get to Boston so hubby could go to law school, one thing we did to raise money was to ask people to donate the leftovers that they didn't want to us and then we would have yard sales. We sent postcards out to people who advertised their sales in the newspaper, asking to pickup their leftovers and take them away, etc.

      One of the people who called us to pick up their leftovers asked my husband when he arrived to pick them up, "How did you know we were having a yard sale?" I think this sort of falls under the same category. How can a silk plant draw bugs?

      A local policeman took an entire day (without department approval) to investigate our operation. He wanted us to give him our mailing list and tell him where we got it. Even cops like this carry guns . . . isn't that comforting?

      Sharing this great article with followers. Hope your Christmas plans are going smoothly, and that you will enjoy this last week before it's time to start all over again. Thank you for thinking of me, for the cute card, and sending you more hugs and blessing and hopes yours will be a peaceful joyous Christmas!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Mary615, glad you enjoyedI appreciate your comments and votes up and sharing. Your experience is funny but it is so easy the silk plants look so real. But it is still funny.

      Have a blessed day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and the FB post. I had a good night, but John? First time in a long time he did not feel like going to church.

      I hope you have a good day also.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Your delightful poem and story reminds me of a really dumb thing I did once. I once had a little job house sitting for folks when they would go away for a time. I was hired to come in and check this lady's house. While I was there one day, I noticed she had many beautiful plants around her pool. Thinking I would do something very nice, I proceeded to water about half of them before I realized they were all silk plants!

      I enjoyed the read! Voted UP, and shared.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      If anyone ever needed proof of how uninformed most people are this makes a good example. Came back to post this on FB. Will also share it again.

      Hope you and John had a good night. Take care and have a good day . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Thumbi7.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I am sure everyone who worked with us got an ear full, still I did not intentionally emabarass Amanda, I guess the plant just looked so real, I know Mike thought they were. It must have been a shock to find out they were not.

      Thank you for the votes up, FAI, pinning to my your 'Fun & Interesting' board, and for sharing.

      Have a blessed day.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Beautiful

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Since I worked at this place too, I remember when they asked you to take your plant home. It made no sense, but how do you argue with the people in charge? When you realize who is running things it sort of helps clarify why our world is so messed up don't you think?

      Enjoy reading this story as I love all of your stories and poems. All of your drawings. You've a very talented person and keep that in mind at all times. Now I'm looking forward to what you have to say about the elections coming up.

      Voted up, FAI, pinned to my 'Fun & Interesting' board, and will share.

      Hope you've had a good day. Mine was loooong. Had a short nap after all quieted down, but feel like I could use another one right now. Take care and TTYS.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      stricktlydating, thank you for your comment. They are so much fun.

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      StrictlyQuotes 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Very cute poem! Now I musy try to grow my own!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I am sure Amanda thought it was real, don't know about Michael. I did not see any flies, and I don't think Amanda knew what a flea is.

      Thank you Jodah for the comment and thank you also for the following. I really appreciate you.

      Shyron

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was hilarious Shyron. Michael and Amanda obviously thought the silk plant was real. I wonder what they blamed for attracting flies and fleas after you took the plant home. How silly they were.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nell, maybe you are right. Thank you for the compliment and comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Faith, you are so sweet, you always look for the good in people. Thank you for the comments, and thank you for being you.

      God Bless you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Tolovaj, glad you stopped by.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      LOL! now that I would like to have seen! as Faith said, maybe they were playing you? but either way, I loved your poem!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      hehehe oh, my goodness, bless their hearts. Maybe they were just messing with you and see if you would really take it home and water it! I love your poem. I am reminded of way back when I had a beautiful live plant that I watered and cared for on my desk at work, but right in the middle of it was the most beautiful flower, and I was amazed at how long the flower bloomed. LOL ... well, it had taken me awhile to realize for some reason, the florist had live plants mixed in with a silk flower! LOL

      The live plant did not hold up so well, but that silk flower lived forever : )

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Tolovaj 

      6 years ago

      I like your humor. Silk plants definitely have a lot to offer:)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Cheryl, thank you for your comments. These silk plants do look real, mine is at least 5-6 years old. I don't know if they thought it real or not and I did not see flies, but there may have been but not around my area. Anyway I thought it funny.

      Bless you my friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I don't know about inspiration, I just put what happened into rhyme. But I thank you Bill for the comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that you can find inspiration for a poem in a simple plant....so creative, Shyron...well done!

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 

      6 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I love that. I worked for a doctor that had a silk orchid in one of his exam rooms. I looked at that thing every day and thought how pretty. There was real dirt in it and well I watered it not knowing it was fake until one of the other medical assistants said "Cheryl it is not a real plant". So that was the joke of the office I was asked every week did I water the orchid. I would just shake my head and say "Yes I did".

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments, votes sharing and pinning to AH. It was funny you have to admit, but because my friend, one of our co-workers, gave it to me, I kept it on my desk and wanted an excuse to take it home. You should have heard her laughing when I told her way.

      And you should have heard John laugh when I told him.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      People are funny aren't they? And sometimes pathetic at the same time. Anyone who doesn't know silk plants do not grow should not have a high school diploma. Who knows what the extent of their ignorance may be and what else will suffer as a result of that ignorance.

      Maybe there should be a question on job applications: What is the average growth of a silk plant in a 12-month period? Yup, that would be a great question to indicate competence . .

      I remember this incident vaguely and it didn't make any sense back then and time has not improved on that.

      Voted AIF, and sharing. Also pinned to AH.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      LOL! Thank you Devika, I really appreciate you, thanks for the comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I don't know is Michael or Amanda thought my silk plant was real and attracting the flies. I just know I was asked to take it home.

      Thank you Ruby for reading and commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I thought a silk plant was made out of silk and water would ruin it? Your story telling in rhyme fashion is a treat to read! Thank you..

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly written and so much to learn from this poem. Growing a silk plant is something I have not tried.

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