I got me a bamboo plant at the Walgreens here in Covington, Kentucky last month. They were up by the front cash register, and they were only $1.99 each. The store had a million of them. What the hell? I got one. It’s small—kind of looks like the one in the photo.
Sometimes I’ve heard bamboo plants called “lucky bamboo.” The one I picked out would be lucky if I didn’t kill it.
Move ahead a month. That bamboo plant I purchased is doing just fine. I water it a little bit once a week and it’s growing, but I don’t think the ones left at Walgreens are getting much water. They’re not doing well.
They’re no longer by the front cash register. They’ve been moved to the back of the store and those bamboo plants don’t look healthy. In fact, a lot of them look dead and/or are dying. Customers aren’t going to pay $1.99 for them now.
I went looking for a Walgreens employee to tell that person those bamboo plants need watering. I couldn’t find any employees except for the person on the front cash register. He was too busy with customers to talk to. I just left the store thinking of those plants.
Walgreens should, at this point, give them away. Of course, they won’t. It’s just a matter of time before they get thrown out—will end up in the trash at the back of their locking dock.
I’m not sure why this is staying on my mind, but it is. These “lucky” bamboo plants aren’t going to be lucky at all.
(Photo found on Google)