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have green fingers

To be a skilled gardener. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My mom can keep any plant alive, even ones that I've nearly killed—she seriously has green fingers.
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have green fingers

BRITISH
COMMON If someone has green fingers, they are very good at gardening. My husband has green fingers. Even if you were not born with green fingers you can easily learn a few simple techniques to help you achieve success. Note: You can describe someone who is good at gardening as green-fingered. Even if you're not green-fingered you can put on a stunning show of flowers right through summer and beyond.
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have green fingers

have a natural ability to grow plants successfully. British informal
The equivalent North American expression is have a green thumb .
See also: finger, green, have
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I was planning on a career change and becoming a horticulturalist, despite not having green fingers.
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Visitors often talk to me about their not having green fingers.
Owen, who pays pounds 5 a year for his allotment in Mumbles, Swansea, reckons having green fingers can be as creative as painting.
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Let's face it, the nearest I'm ever going to come to having green fingers is watching repeats of The Incredible Hulk.