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Real vs Fake Plants

Gone are the days when fake plants were easily spotted from a mile away. Today, artificial greenery has undergone a remarkable transformation, blurring the line between live and fake.

The stigma associated with artificial plants has evolved. Instead, we embrace the convenience and aesthetic appeal they offer. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider faux foliage over the real thing, along with tips on how to style artificial plants seamlessly into your home decor.

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Real vs Fake Plants

1. Maintenance

When it comes to fake plants, bid farewell to the demands of plant care and maintenance. Fake plants offer all the visual appeal of their living counterparts without the need for constant care. To maintain their lifelike appearance, simply dust them regularly. Remember, nothing screams "fake" louder than dusty foliage.

Real plants require watering, pruning, and sunlight, and sometimes are affected by parasites, bugs and fungus that can damage the plant. You won’t have to worry about that with faux potted plants!

When it comes to storing your fake plants and flowers, conveniently place them in breathable containers and tuck them away for when you’re ready to refresh your seasonal decor.


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2. Family and Pet Friendly

While live plants contribute to indoor air quality, some can pose health risks to humans and pets if ingested. By opting for artificial alternatives, you can create a safe environment for your loved ones without sacrificing the beauty of greenery.

Whether it's artificial grasses or faux trees, these non-toxic options can be styled individually or incorporated into various arrangements.

Fake plants can be easily fixed if bumped over or torn by little hands or paws while live plants can be utterly destroyed and leave serious messes.


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3. Timeless Appeal

Investing in high-quality artificial plants is akin to investing in timeless decor. Many home decor enthusiasts also love exploring flower vases to bring fake flower arrangements to life with an artisan ceramic vase.

Artificial plants retain their allure year after year, saving you both time and money in the long run. Crafted from durable materials like wire and plastic, fake plants maintain their pristine appearance indefinitely. Fake plants and flowers can either be brought back into your seasonal decor each year or can remain on display year-round.

Live plants are likely to require periodic replacements due to growth or decline. Overtime, your live plants may feel out of place and forced into your home’s space as they outgrow the area or no longer match your home’s theme.


Fake Plants Do Not Need Sunlight

4. Sunlight

Not every corner of your home is blessed with ample sunlight, but that shouldn't deter you from incorporating greenery into your decor. While most live plants require lots of sunlight, artificial plants are best placed away from direct sunlight.

When caring for live plants, you may shift plants around your home in order to make the most of the limited sunlight and to keep up with each plant’s needs. This can cause crowded windowsills, blocking the view through the home’s best windows and cluttering your living space.

Artificial plants last the longest when placed in low-light conditions, making them ideal for spaces where natural light is scarce. Say goodbye to the struggle of finding the perfect spot for your plants and hello to hassle-free styling.


Fake Plants Add Life to Home Decor

Is it Better to Have Real or Fake Plants?

The debate between live and fake plants has shifted in favor of fake plants, thanks to advancements in artificial foliage.

Embrace the convenience, versatility, and timeless charm of faux plants, and elevate your home decor without the hassle of maintenance. Whether you're a novice or seasoned plant enthusiast, there's never been a better time to go faux.

Are fake plants considered tacky?

Not at all! When styled properly, fake plants can appear just like real plants.

Do fake plants make you just as happy as real plants?

Fake plants bring a lasting aesthetic charm to every living space. While real plants come with needs that many green thumbs enjoy, others prefer the hassle-free ambiance of fake plants.


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Styling Tips for Fake Plants

Now that you're sold on the benefits of faux foliage, here are some tips on how to style them effortlessly:

  • When inserting artificial plants into soil, bury the base until the leaves appear to emerge naturally, ensuring a seamless integration.
  • For heavier faux plants, secure the base to chicken wire or clay at the bottom of your planter before adding soil for stability.
  • Choose planters that complement your decor or conceal pre-potted plants within decorative vases or baskets for added visual appeal.

Fake Plants by Afloral

Afloral offers a wide variety of fake plants, faux flowers and artificial potted trees. Explore our collections and accessories, including vases and home accents, to help bring your floral arrangements to life.

Author Bio

Derek Milliman has had a career in the floral industry for over a decade, with his passion for florals, nature and sustainable decor he offers a keen eye for designing home interior spaces that exceeds expectations. His commitment to quality and creativity makes him an asset to Afloral’s botanical community.