I don’t believe in Green Thumbs. Know why!


Have you ever experienced being told that you have a green thumb? Probably, this is after seeing your plants thriving under your care or when you have successfully grown a rare delicate breed of plant or if your farm produces more after each harvest. Whichever the case may be, do you believe it ? Do you believe that you have a green thumb? Do you think that it is true?   

I hope you continue reading as I give my inputs about the matter in few paragraphs. Let me begin!  

 What does a “green thumb” mean?  

Green thumb is an idiomatic expression that is attributed to a person who has a naturally extraordinary skill of planting and growing plants. Until today, many believe it to be true despite the technology and the modern way of gardening and farming.  

This is one of the excuses of people for not wanting to plant a tree. They were not born with a green thumb. When did this belief started, who started it and what is the reason behind it?  It is good to know.


Reading from almanac.com, I learned that the term or the expression ‘green thumb’ may have started during the reign of King Edward I of England from 12th to 13th centuries. The king, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, liked green peas very much that he usually had at least 6 servants to shell the peas for him during its season. It was said that he gives a prize to the one who shall have the greenest thumb after shelling the peas thus the term green thumb.  

James Underwood Crockett 

Also sourced out from almanac.com, James Underwood Crockett, theorized that the green algae growing around the earthenware pots can stain a person’s thumb and anyone who always works with flower pots can have green thumbs. According to the theory this may have started the idiomatic expression “green thumb”.  

James Underwood Crocket was a famous gardening writer who has authored many gardening books including the Time-Life Encyclopedia of Gardening.  

Biblical Basis 

The wisdom of the bible does not say that a person can grow a plant on his own. In 1 Corinthians 3:7 it says “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”. Abundant produce is a gift from God.  Study well, gain the skills needed, acquire the best tools, work hard and never forget to ask God’s favor and your goals in planting can come true. A green thumb is not required.    

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I remember that my professor in psychology said that there are two opposing groups of existentialists. One that believes that it is life prior essence and the other which believes that it is essence prior life. After many years, I have proven that I agree with the latter.  


Skills and professions must be diversified to make this world go round. Farmers need not have green thumb to be good farmers. As a Christian, I believe that every bountiful harvest is a blessing from the Lord. Seek and obey His will and everything shall be added unto you. 

I love planting. I read blogs, articles and books about planting. I watch videos and listen to friends and relatives to gain knowledge about plants. Most of all, I pray that the Lord bless me with my little request to keep my plants healthy and alive. 

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Edward I of England 


James Underwood Crockett 


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