Faux Plants: How to Get Your Fake Plants to Look Like the Real Thing

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Source: Pearl Interiors

 

Introducing plants or floral arrangements into your home is a great way to bring the outdoors in. But what if you don’t have a green thumb? Well, in enters the faux plant.

 

While faux plants don’t emit clean oxygen into the atmosphere, they can trick your guests into thinking that they are the real thing. And the best part is that faux plants require very little maintenance (a dusting here or there) while looking fresh-picked every single day.

 

But before you march down to Target to pick up an artificial plant or two, here are a few very important pointers you need to know. Not every faux plant is worthy of a corner in your home.

 

Tip #1: Only purchase certain plant varieties.

 

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This Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree from Zgallerie looks authentic. I should know… I’ve seen it in person!

 

Let’s face it, some plant and flower specimens look more realistic than others. So this is not the time to go on a witch hunt for your favorite blossom. I personally love tulips but most people could spot a fake one from a mile away.

Instead opt for flowers and plants like orchids, cherry blossoms, succulents, fiddle leaf fig trees, rubber plants, agave plants and snake plants. In particular, rubber and agave plants are known for their slick leaves which resemble the plastic nature of fake plants. Succulents typically look like they’ve been planted in dirt which is exactly the look you’re going for.

Meanwhile, flowers like roses, peonies, tulips, calla lilies and carnations usually don’t translate well as phonies. And whatever you end up doing, please don’t go for the glass vase with the fake water. That’s just plain tacky.

 

Tip #2: Don’t go cheap on your artificial flora.

 

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A real snake plant costs around $10, but it won’t last as long as this fake one by Crate and Barrel. Image from Crate and Barrel

 

Cheap plants are almost sure to look completely fake! More expensive isn’t always better, but in the case of flowers or plants, it does seem to have a direct correlation. It may sound ridiculous to pay $300 for a faux floral arrangement, but if you amortize the cost against how long that arrangement will last, it actually pays off. Besides how many times have you sent real flowers that cost $100 and it withered away in a few days?

 

Tip #3: Select faux plants that are imperfect.

 

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Source: Pottery Barn

 

If a plant looks too perfect, then it probably is. Buying an arrangement that is discolored or inconsistent makes it appear even more authentic. Think about it, nature is organic and unpredictable. It is these irregularities that will fool your guests into thinking that you’re the best horticulturalist around!

 

Real plants will always trump artificial ones in my book, but if you don’t have the time or patience for growing plants, faux plants win every time. If you’re willing to search for fake plants that appear real, you can enjoy the look without the added work.

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