have a green thumb

have a green thumb

Fig. to have the ability to grow plants well. Just look at Mr. Simpson's garden. He has a green thumb. My mother has a green thumb when it comes to houseplants.
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have a green thumb

AMERICAN
If you have a green thumb, you are very good at gardening. She had a green thumb and grew tomatoes, scallions, peonies, roses and bumper crops of fruit. Note: You can describe someone who is good at gardening as green-thumbed. The green-thumbed gardeners will share the secrets of their success at a series of nine gardening workshops. Note: The usual British expression is have green fingers.
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