A deadly green thumb

Evelyn (almost 11) is doing a science fair project in which she waters plants with a lemon juice/water mixture. You must know that, from the time she was a toddler, Evelyn has adored plants. One of her favorite places on earth is Longwood Gardens, she once cooed “look at that adorable little bush!,” and has kept a greenhouse’s worth of plants alive in her bedroom for longer than I’ve ever managed a cactus.
“Evelyn, I am surprised you’re doing an experiment that hurts plants–”
Evelyn: “ME TOO. But I do figure they would wither on the shelves anyway if I didn’t buy them. And my hypothesis is that they won’t die, but just be stunted. I’ll take care of them afterward.”

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