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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Q&A: Is it OK to steal plants?

Nature's original bandit might not care if you steal a sprig or two of plants.

Thanks to my sister Alyssa for pointing out this relevant advice column article.  I have been known to sneak a bit of a plant that is easy to propagate from a common area... is it wrong?

"Q: My wife and I love plants. While walking through our local shopping center, we noticed a particular plant that we both liked and decided to get it for our patio. We visited two local garden centers; neither had the plant. My wife thought she could grow it from cuttings, so we went back and took about three or four cuttings from one of the many plants that were scattered around the shopping center. The plant was not hurt or damaged in any manner or form, but my gut instinct told me that this was wrong. Was it?"

A: See the answer at the NYTimes


  1. Yes and No.

    Yes because you're collecting from a money making place and they're probably sitting behind the video screen thinking, "Who are these shady people?"

    No, because they're going to sweep it up and throw it away.

    -guilty as well-

  2. The keel-billed toucan one of the colorful Latin American member of the toucan family.

    The keel-billed toucan impresses people with its substantial beak length of 20 cm. It is the national bird of Belize. The fantastic-looking beak mixes with the bird’s head, consisting of stunning color combinations of green, purple, blue, and orange. The body is black, the front of the head is covered with pure yellow fur. About 55 cm long and the bird weighs 380-500 grams. It is mainly found in parts of southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia.They tend to travel at very slow speeds and can fly at altitudes of 6,200 feet. Finally, the bird is considered endangered because many people are left to hunt its beak.
    The keel-billed toucan


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