Avere il pollice verde

Avere il pollice verde in Italian

Avere il pollice verde
To have green fingers

Literal translationTo have a green thumb
MeaningTo have a way with plants, to be good at gardening
IPA pronunciation/aˈvɛːre il ˈpɔllit͡ʃe ˈvɛrde/

Where does this come from? When you touch a plant with no gloves on, your fingers will turn green. It is also thought that there are some gardeners who hold plants between their thumb and forefinger, causing the plant to release chlorophyll and staining their thumb.

woman tending to a few plants

For example, you can say…

Non ho assolutamente il pollice verde: tutte le mie piante muoiono!
I have absolutely no green fingers: all my plants die!

Michela ha il pollice verde e il suo giardino è pieno di bellissimi fiori.
Michela has green fingers and her garden is full of beautiful flowers.

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