Six Reasons We Love Fake Plants
Artificial Plants; otherwise known as faux plants, fake plants, silk plants, or simulated plants are becoming increasingly popular within homes, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres, schools, offices, and clubs all across the globe. Gone are the days where live plants are the norm. Home and venue owners now have the luxury of choosing an incredibly huge range of ultra-realistic, gorgeous fake plants which are designed, shaped and built to look and feel exactly like the real thing. If you can't already tell, we are truly obsessed with artificial plants!
Reason One: Fake plants require next to no maintenance
It makes us panic thinking about the ongoing tending live plants require – watering, fertilising, pruning, as well as ensuring you have the time and knowledge to ensure they last. This can be really difficult in our super busy lives - especially for those of us who aren’t home all the time because of work, holidays etc. However, fake plants have the ability to look fantastic all on their own, allowing you to go on that weeklong vacation you have been dying to go on, minus the stress of coming home to a house full of dead plants! Our gorgeous range of fake plants require just a quick wipe down once a month, and in doing so will ensure they will be looking fresh and beautiful forever! Fantastic hey?! For more information about the care and maintenance of your fake plants, visit the Care and Maintenance page.
Use a damp cloth to wipe down your artificial plants just once a month
Reason 2: They won't attract any unwanted pests
Houseplant pests are much more common outdoors than in, however many will still fall victim to indoor houseplant pest attacks. Even if your indoor plants are kept inside all year round, there are still many ways these pests can get into your home, and onto your plants. Some include fresh produce, through open doors and windows, and in potting mix! That's right.. they are very hard to avoid. Luckily, fake plants pose no risk to pest infestation! Therefore, you can steer clear from using pesticides in your home, and say bye bye to slugs, spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, and fungus gnats; not exactly the kind of visitors you would want in your home! Just do a quick Google search and you’ll see how much of an issue these houseplant pests are in people’s homes.
Most common houseplant pests:
- Centipedes / Millipedes
- Red Spider Mites
- Fungus Gnats
- Slugs & Snails
Spider Mites: One of the most common houseplant pests
Reason 3: The possibilities are endless
Live plants are known to shed their flowers and leaves throughout the seasons and may take many years for them to reach their desired size and appearance. However, fake plants arrive fully mature without any wait time, and will look perfect from the second they are put into your home. There is also such an extensive array of fake plant options available at your fingertips, to create your ideal aesthetic with absolutely zero limitations. Whether you have a particular size, colour or design of plants in mind, there are so many options for everyone. There are fake replicas of almost every kind of plant and flower species, from cacti to cordylines, eucalyptus to monsteras, and palms to ivy.
Some Artificial Plant Design ideas for your home:
- Vertical Garden Walls
- Artificial Potted Plants & Trees
- Hand-crafted Trees
- Artificial Plant Rounds
- Hanging Planters
- Pot Walls
- Hanging Baskets
- Privacy Screens
- Floral Arrangements
Our mounted vertical garden rounds
Reason 4: They can go absolutely anywhere
There is no need to take natural factors into consideration, as your fake plants will survive absolutely anywhere. Live plants need sunlight and water, which severely limits where you can place them in your home. Artificial plants on the other hand will thrive anywhere, even in the darkest parts of your home which don’t get any sunlight. Your fake plants can also be placed in high, hard to reach surfaces of your home without needing to worry about climbing up high to water them each week. Artificial greenery is the solution for areas where maintenance and natural obstructions create issues for the longevity of its live counterparts.
Some of our favourite places at home to decorate with artificial planting:
- Fill bare shelf space
- Soften partition shelving
- Arrange larger plants around beds
- Create a bathroom oasis
- Brighten up bare corners of rooms with taller artificial trees
- Shape artificial vines around mirrors or windows
- Hang plants above shelves or window sills
- Add plants to an entryway for a grand entrance
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Rust Green Banksia Mix in Vase
Reason 5: Fake plants are super safe for everyone
Another reason to choose fake plants is to protect the children and pets in your home. Quite a few indoor plants are actually poisonous for both small children and your fur friends. Poisonous houseplants can cause skin irritation, stomachaches, burning of the throat and mouth, and can be deadly if ingested. Unfortunately, there is quite an extensive list of houseplants that can cause these effects, including English ivy, Dieffenbachia, Philodendrons and Pothos plants; all of which are very common houseplants where people appear to be oblivious to their risks. However, we understand that fake plants are not always viable for all areas of the home, which is why we ask you to please keep children and pet supervised around parts of your home and garden where live plants exist.
List of houseplants for parents and pet owners to avoid:
- Pothos Plants
- English Ivy
- Snake Plants
- ZZ Plants
- Bird of Paradise
- Jade Plant
- Aloe Vera Plants
- Sago Palms
Houseplants have been known to cause rashes, allergies and stomach aches
Reason 6: Fake plants are a lifelong investment
We can all understand the heartbreak of freshly bought flowers wilting and dying just days later, which come with frustrating costs of replacement each month. While fake plants may come at a higher initial cost, you will be saving yourself so much money in the long-term. There is no risk of dying, wilting plants when purchasing fake plants. You can be assured they will be an investment for life. Additionally, when live plants grow, you may need to invest in increasingly bigger pots, which too can add to the high expenses of live plant care.
Live plants are a struggle to maintain, and can die without the correct care