A bad reputation. That’s what fake plants used to have. These days, the best faux plants are patterned in so much detail that they are indistinguishable from real plants. Long gone are the days when you might struggle to find an artificial plant that looks real.

Though still called ‘faux plants’ and ‘artificial plants’, they look like anything but artificial. On having become something special, here are some of the reasons why fake plants are popular today.

  • They’re easy to take care of.
  • You don’t need to have a green thumb to enjoy artificial plants.
  • You can have faux plants even with allergies.
  • They’re great for people with pets who want pet-friendly, non-toxic plants.
  • They don’t need natural lighting.
  • You can put fake plants almost anywhere, including difficult-to-reach areas where watering or natural light is difficult to arrange.

  • Here are some things to watch for and some tips on how to buy the best realistic-looking faux plants.

    Don’t Buy Cheap

    Cheap prices on fake plants are going to equate to cheap-looking plants. Look for plants designed with premium materials and from premium or luxury brands like Artiplanto and others.

    Imperfection is Important

    Nature doesn’t create a lot of perfect. It’s the opposite. Nature is balanced but also rather chaotic. Imperfections in an artificial plant are welcome so long as it’s not done clumsily. 

    Bendable Stems

    Stems in premium artificial plants are typically bendable which allows you to form and reform them. Create a natural shape, imperfect but also with intent. Depending on where a plant is positioned, you can mold a plant to suit its area.

    Different-Looking Leaves

    Leaves shouldn’t all look the same. This sort of flawless look is an immediate giveaway of ‘fake’. Perfect-looking fake plants will have a mixture of old-looking and new-looking leaves, mixing colours together from light and faded greens to deeper and fresher shades.

    Be Sure to Dust

    Faux plants are maintenance-free but they do require the occasional dusting. Dust on an artificial plant will make the plant look fake. That’s not what you want. If you’re having guests or for a special occasion, make sure your dust first.

    Rotate Plants

    According to the season, switch up your best faux plants. This will not only freshen things up with décor but it will also ensure inappropriate plants for the season are moved out and newer greenery is moved in.

    Blend in Natural

    No matter how much we wish it to be true, artificial plants are still artificial. Surround them with natural materials. Wood chips. Crystals and stones. Bark. And plenty more. Fill your planter or container with natural materials that inspire you and which further adds to a plant’s realism.

    The Right Location

    Even though faux plants don’t need any sunlight, they should still be put in a location where greenery can realistically grow. Place artificial plants in areas where they look like they’re living, breathing, and behaving like the real thing. That’s how you fool even a botanical expert that what’s faux isn’t faux at all.

    Find faux plants lifelike in appearance from Artiplanto. This is where the most realistic faux plants in Europe are found.
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