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What are Artificial Plants?

Artificial plants are a versatile alternative to live plants. These life-like replicas have become very popular in home and commercial decor. But what exactly is an artificial plant?

Here at Afloral, we offer a wide variety of artificial flowers, potted plants, stems and more.

Artificial Bougainvillea Potted Plant

What is an Artificial Plant?

An artificial plant is a replica of a real plant, designed to mimic the appearance and sometimes the texture of a living plant.

Unlike dried plants, which are real plants that have undergone a preservation process, artificial plants are entirely synthetic. They come in various forms, from small potted arrangements to large, statement-making centerpieces. Artificial plants are adaptable to many different decor styles and preferences. 

What is an artificial plant? | Afloral

What are Artificial Plants Made Of?

The artistry behind crafting a convincing artificial plant lies in the selection of materials. A range of substances are used to achieve life-like aesthetics and durability.

Silk Cherry Blossoms

1. Silk

Silk was once a popular choice for the highest-quality designer decorations, chosen for its natural sheen and soft texture. Today, silk has been phased out of most artificial plant manufacturing and is replaced by polyester “silk” blends for greater durability and affordability without sacrificing the same color and texture qualities.


Real Touch Hydrangeas

2. Real Touch

Flowers made with Real Touch contain a blend of polymers, including latex, silicone and polyurethane. Real Touch artificial plants are very popular as these flowers are precisely crafted to match live plants. The resemblance is uncanny thanks to mold casting and coatings.


Fake Flower Arrangements with Snowballs

3. Polyester

Polyester is another common material, valued for its resilience and ability to retain vibrant colors. It is often used in crafting artificial flowers, providing a durable and affordable option.


Fake Seeded Eucalyptus

4. Recycled Plastic

Sustainability is a growing concern, and artificial plants made from recycled plastic contribute to eco-friendly decor solutions. These plants offer a second life to materials that might otherwise end up in landfills.


Fake Plants

5. Wire

Wire serves as the backbone of many artificial plants, allowing for flexibility and shaping. This essential component enables the creation of realistic branches and stems to mimic the natural growth patterns of real plants.


Faux Magnolias

6. Foam

Foam is used for crafting intricate details in flowers and foliage. Its lightweight nature makes it an ideal choice for achieving intricate textures without compromising the overall weight of the plant.

How Artificial Plants are Made

Artificial plant manufacturers use cutting-edge techniques to resemble the beauty of nature. Advancements in technology and design have led to the development of plants that not only look but also feel remarkably realistic.

The creation process involves shaping wire skeletons to mimic the natural growth patterns of real plants. Layers of silk or polyester blends are carefully attached, with attention given to the placement of leaves and petals. Intricate details, such as veining and color variations, are added to enhance the life-like quality by hand or through mold casting. The result is a meticulously crafted artificial plant that captures the essence of nature, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to live plants.

Special attention is given to coloration, texture, and arrangement, with some artificial plants featuring natural imperfections to enhance their authenticity. Here at Afloral, we feature artificial plants that are even hand painted.

How to Use Artificial Plants

Artificial Houseplants

Indoor Gardens:

Artificial plants and artificial flowers are perfect for creating indoor gardens, especially in spaces with limited access to natural light. They can be arranged in clusters or used as standalone pieces to breathe life into any room.

Event Decor:

Artificial plants are popular choices for event decor, providing a hassle-free solution for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of weddings, parties, and corporate functions. Artificial flower arrangements can be used to create stunning centerpieces or accentuate specific areas.

Artificial Hanging Plants

Office Spaces:

Many office environments lack the ideal conditions for maintaining live plants. Artificial plants offer a low-maintenance alternative, bringing a refreshing touch of greenery to workspaces without the need for sunlight or watering. Artificial hanging plants are perfect for decorating bookshelves and desks.

Seasonal Decor:

Artificial plants make excellent seasonal decor. Each season, we offer specialty artificial plants, including Fall Foliage and Winter Forest. Whether you choose festive garlands for the holidays or stems representing each season, these plants provide a reusable and long-lasting option.

Artificial Hydrangea Arrangement

Artificial Plants by Afloral

Artificial plants have evolved beyond mere imitations. Browse through our wide variety of artificial plants and find the perfect piece for anywhere in your home.

With an array of materials and meticulous craftsmanship, these faux botanical wonders offer a sustainable and low-maintenance alternative to traditional plant decor.

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.