Until recently, the idea of realistic artificial plants was something of a unicorn within the horticulture world—they just didn’t exist. Companies would tout the realistic appearance of a fake plant but, upon closer inspection, it was easy to see and feel the difference.
We’re happy to report that significant strides have been made in recent years in creating artificial plants so realistic that it can be difficult to ascertain their authenticity…even with the closest inspection.
And isn’t that a blessing to those of us who were not gifted a green thumb? In our defence, maintaining living plants isn’t as easy as some make it out to be—and much of this isn’t our fault. After all, plants are hardwired to live outside. They require certain humidity and sunlight levels, and specific soil nutrients to thrive. Despite our best intentions, most houseplants eventually die due to the dry air, insufficient lighting, or poor soil quality found in our homes.
When it comes to the quality of artificial plants, we’ve certainly come a long way from the shiny, silk monstrosities with thick waxy leaves that our grandmothers displayed…well, everywhere. Today’s offerings are a nod to modern technology which allows for incredibly realistic texture and color. Even the feel of today’s artificial plants comes shockingly close to the real thing, with some manufacturers using foam on the interior of fake plants to make them feel that much more realistic.
If you have already embraced the artificial plant movement, there are things you can do to make your fake plants look even more like their living brethren. Try implementing these 5 tips.
- Place Artificial Plants in Logical Locations
Placing a vibrant green plant in the most dimly lit corner of your home is a sure giveaway that the plant isn’t real, no matter how realistic it looks.
Put your artificial plants in areas where actual plants would normally live—sunny living room corners or kitchen windowsills—to up the authenticity factor.
- Treat Artificial Plants Like the Real Deal
Often, when adding a new plant to our home, we put just as much thought into the planter as we do the plant.
Give your artificial plant the same treatment, placing it in a lovely planter that compliments the aesthetic of your room.
- Add Natural Elements to Boost the Living Look
Once you’ve placed your new plant in its’ new pot, top it off with a natural element—soil, river rocks, or moss are a few examples. It’s a little secret for making a realistic artificial plant look even more natural.
- Dust Regularly
Nothing gives a fake plant away faster than a thick layer of dust. Take care to wipe your artificial plants regularly with a soft, dry cloth, or use a specific artificial plant cleaner when required.
- Change Things Up Occasionally
Another dead giveaway that yours are artificial plants—they live in the same pot with branches in the same form for years. If you were growing living plants, you’d expect their shape to change and to repot them every so often. Make the same changes to your artificial plants, bending branches in different directions and changing out pots.
The realistic artificial plants of today offer the beauty of living plants without the hassle and upkeep. With a few minor modifications, your friends and family will never guess the beautiful plants in your home are a result of smart spending and styling instead of a green thumb.