Why fake plants?

When you have the option of real plants, why would you opt for fake plants? We take a look at why people are choosing fake plants and when it might be suitable for you to make the switch too.

The beauty of fake plants over time

Fake plants have been around for several years. Perhaps the most common fake plant people forget is the traditional Christmas tree, which started in the 19th century. Many families opted for the artificial tree in replace of the real kind. Some of the reasons people chose the faux type included allergies, saving money by reusing the fake tree more than once, avoiding creepy crawlies that usually attach themselves to the real trees and reducing mess, because let’s face it the branches and leaves are more likely to fall off.

Over the past few years, the demand for artificial plants and trees has grown. The design and technology of fake plants has also improved over time. These days, similar to faux fur, it’s difficult to tell real plants apart from fake plants. This is because the quality of some manufacturers has improved and the want by the consumer for plants to appear real, has become even greater.

Fake Plants Vs. Real Plants

Fake plants and trees have become so advanced, it is often difficult to tell them apart. Can you spot the fake plant from these examples below?

Why fake plants

Find the answer at the bottom of this post.

Artificial plants and trees save you time

In addition to their style and lifelike appearance, fake plants and trees can last longer than the real things. This is ideal for those who live a busy life. If you don’t have time to schedule or remember that watering can, these plants can save you time and fuss.

Take this artificial banana tree as an example.

Artificial Banana Leaf Tree

The real kind would need to be purchased from a nursery, moved into a new pot then watered. The usual care instructions would require you to water the plant each time its pot got dry. You’d also need to ensure that the plant gets enough sunlight, but not too much. There may even be a need to purchase fertiliser (which can often stink). Overwatering can also kill the plant, so keeping an eye on this is also a requirement. Finally, you also have to watch out for a common pest known as spider mites which love this plant. By the time you factor in all these steps, you’ve spent quite a few minutes a day, worrying about the new plant in your home. For many people, this isn’t a good use of their time.

In addition, if you purchase a fake banana tree rather than the real kind, you’ll not have to worry about it growing too big. Another common problem is that the plant, which can be indoors, may grow too large for your space. This is particularly a pain for people who live in a small apartment or unit.

Fake plants make good pet friends

For those who have furry friends, artificial plants can also be a real win. This is because your cat, dog or other pet is less likely to take a bite out of a plastic plant, or knock it over and spill dirt and water everywhere. So no more mess or green destruction around the floor. You should also look for plants that contain no nasties so that if your animals do decide to take a nibble, they’re less likely to be seriously sick. Thankfully Designer Plants range of fake plants are free from those nasty chemicals, so you, your pet and your new plant can live happily ever after.

And if your pet is known to go to the toilet in the oddest of places (including your beautiful plants) then you’ll be happy to know that the plants are water resistant. A simple clean will bring them back to how they were before they weed or did the number twos.

Fake is the new reality

Fake is becoming the new norm for many people. The benefits of not having to worry about feeding, growth or maintenance is a real plus for those who are short on time. And yet, most are still enjoying plants that look like the real thing.

View our range of Artificial Trees & Plants here

Answer: The only real plant that featured in the image was the bottom plant in the second column (yucca with terracotta pot plant).

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