I have recently started mixing artificial plants in with my real plant collection, and I am always amused when visiting friends and family think the fake plants are living, and vice versa.
We had a friend who was house sitting for us actually WATER some of our fake plants! As far as realism goes, you can’t get much more legit than that!
I have recently discovered and fallen in love with the selection of plants at Silk Plants Direct (click here to visit), and you really cannot go wrong with anything you purchase from that site.
But for the new converts to fake plants in the home, there are some varieties that you will not have to ever worry about looking fake. I have come to realize that some artificial plants translate really well into appearing to be real, and some, not so well. Of course, regardless of the variety you choose, QUALITY is a big consideration. If you buy cheap fake plants, they will look fake and cheap. If you buy quality fake plants, like from silkplantsdirect.com you will have friends watering your plastic fern. #fact
Now, I have had a couple of friends inform me, after closer inspection, that certain plants of mine appear to be fake. These are usually plants with delicate stems / or complex leaf patterns. And that’s okay. I have these ones tucked into corners where they just give a splash of lushness without being center stage in the room décor.
But the plants that fool everyone EVERY TIME are almost always succulents and orchids. There is already a natural rubber / silky quality to these live plants, that translates really well into artificial plants. I have had people HANDLE my artificial orchids from Silk Plants Direct and give the verdict, “That’s a real orchid!” Part of the illusion is that Silk Plants Direct focuses on little details like the roots being partially exposed, and the faux water droplets on the bottom of the root ball… it is REALLY convincing!
Additionally, the succulents from Silk Plants Direct have some lighter and darker toned stems and areas, which is realistic for actual succulents that are sensitive to watering and light requirements. When you get a uniformly green plant, people assume “fake”… even when it is real! The succulents from Silk Plants Direct also sport heavy floral wire inside the stems, allowing for rearranging and staging the plants to maximum effect. They also provide just the right amount of springiness, so that upon touch and inspection, the still look and feel convincingly real!
Since succulents are fairly inexpensive and low maintenance, I would personally spring for orchids if you wanted to dip your toes into the waters of artificial plants… orchids require more care, with strict water, light, and fertilizing requirements. So going fake with and orchid just makes sense if you are trying to bring more natural elements into your home, but don’t want to increase your workload. I have yet to see a more convincing artificial orchid than the one I own from Silk Plants Direct (no exaggeration, I actually did some shopping around, and this brand cannot be beat!)