3 Rules for Using Fake Plants in Your Home

Dated: 03/25/2020

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Maybe you don’t have a green thumb. Maybe you are handy with plants, but you’re just too busy to remember to water them three times a week. Maybe you like the look of greenery in your home, but you don’t want to be bothered with the upkeep. Artificial plants could be perfect for you. But if you want to do a decent job of passing them off as the real thing, remember these three rules.

Buy High-Quality Faux Plants

Avoid a faux pas with your faux plants. Sometimes very cheap fakes are cheap for a reason—they don’t look very convincing. If your fake plant actually looks fake, what’s the point? You might need to spend a little more for a plant that fools your houseguests. It’ll be a good investment, though, since a well-constructed plant can last for a long time.

Characteristics of well-made artificial plants include trunks and stems that look real, leaves that aren’t perfect or overly identical, and pots that contain something that looks very similar to dirt.

Don’t Buy Flowers as Fakes

Think about it. An arrangement of real tulips won’t stay alive indefinitely. So when guests return to your home and see that the tulips on your dining room table are in pristine condition time and again, and never change, they’ll either conclude that the flowers have eternal life, or are artificial. In other words, flowers—as well as flowering plants and trees—don’t make good fakes.

One type of plant that often makes a very believable fake is succulents.

Situate Your Plants Sensibly

If you place an artificial plant in a dark area like a basement, or other place in your home that doesn’t receive natural light, it’ll be pretty obvious to your guests that the plant isn’t real and its sale tag probably read: photosynthesis not required.

Also, you don’t have to make do with the container in which your plant is placed. Simply put the entire container into a pot that fits your décor. Fill the pot with dirt. It’ll give your fake instant credibility.

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