Crazy Realistic Looking Artificial Orchids and Succulents with Silk Plants Direct

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!)

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

67 thoughts on “Crazy Realistic Looking Artificial Orchids and Succulents with Silk Plants Direct

  • 9 March, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    I just bookmarked that site to buy more fake plants later on. I do have a few artificial plants especially in my bathroom but I would like to get a few more.

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    • 9 March, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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      Yeah, they are great investment for home decor! I am falling in love with them!

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  • 9 March, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    Pinning this. I had no idea where to get silk plants from. Yours do look real.

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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      Thanks for the pin! And yeah, they really do look super real, even better in person!

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  • 9 March, 2017 at 9:48 pm
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    Considering how I am failing to keep my plants alive, then maybe I really should start thinking about fake plants xD Especially since they look so real!

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 1:26 am
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    Wow! those plants look so real Gingi, so funny your friend watered some of the fake ones. Take care!

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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      Yeah, I laughed pretty hard when he told me! I was dusting my plants, and pulled the fake plant out of the pot to dust and he was like, “WHAT?!?!”

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 2:09 am
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    Ooh I love it. I should try using more fake plants around the house. We have a few mason jars with some fake plants/flowers on the kitchen table.

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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      I try to stay away from fake flowers, since they tend to look really cheesy if not high quality (which usually means lots of $$$), but these succulents and orchids are my compromise! They look PERFECT!

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    Wow, they look amazing and no need to water!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 1:54 pm
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    Considering I to have a black thumb when it comes to taking care of plants, artificial ones are a must in our home. I also love the perennial aspect of them. These look great!

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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      Yeah, I love that these mimic plants natural imperfections and color gradations!

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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    I love the option for artificial, especially of plants that I wouldn’t be able to have with cat who loves to eat everything he shouldn’t, haha! Thanks for sharing, babe, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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      Ohhhhhh, my cats STILL try to eat my fake plants! haha! (But then again, my cats are exceptionally dumb! 😉

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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    These do look real and I love the distressed pot! Commercial Silk has so many great products, just love them! I never keep indoor plants alive, I am better at outdoor gardening! lol!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    • 10 March, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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      I am better at outdoor gardening too, but I used to be DECENT with indoor greens… theeeen I had kids! lol

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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    Wait… these aren’t real??? The look pretty darn real to me. My apartment isn’t as sunny as I would like it to be. I need to add a few of these artificial succulents to my space.

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  • 10 March, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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    Wow I have to admit these really look real. And yeah it is good to mix it up. Real ones and a few fakes thrown in for color and then you do not have to water or replace. So a win win for sure.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

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  • 11 March, 2017 at 12:11 am
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    Omg these look so pretty and real! Love this type of plant. <3

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  • 11 March, 2017 at 2:32 am
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    I need to buy some great quality artificial plants… I used to be able to grow plants many years ago… then I had to give my plants away due to my cats… after which I even killed a cactus… I promptly gave up plants after that… Oh and funny story, my great aunt had a plant she wanted regularly until someone pointed out to her it was fake… haha xox

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    • 14 March, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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      That is a hilarious story!!! and killing a cactus?!?!??! YIKES!!! That takes some skill!! haha

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  • 11 March, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Silk Plants direct is amazing, you said the plants fooled some people and they fooled me, too! I think I would do like the plant sitter, I would water the plants! As I usually like to be mobile, travelling, these plants are perfect for me, they really really are! I like plants in the decoration, but as I said, having to water them is difficult – but no I will look for these very realistic ones! Thanks for that! Hope you have a very nice weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  • 12 March, 2017 at 3:52 am
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    That’s tricky! Sometimes it’s hard to tell when a fake plant is fake, though.

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  • 12 March, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    I really should get artificial plants as no matter how hard I try I always end up killing the real ones. I hate artificial plants that look really cheap and fake but I can’t believe how real these ones look, especially the orchid. It just goes to show that you can get some really good quality ones and you know they are going to last and won’t need any looking after 🙂 x

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    • 14 March, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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      Yeah, the orchid is the most impressive one in my opinion… even the WATER in the container looks real!!!

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  • 12 March, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    Wow Gingi, what a cool idea! This is perfect for a person like me who’s not that great with plants and flowers. I also have to say that I’m super impressed with your book collection! Hugs…

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  • 13 March, 2017 at 8:59 am
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    Artificial plants are great, especially for darker cornerns. I have also started to mix artificial with real plants and they look so real that people often can’t tell the difference. The collection at silk plants direct looks beautiful.

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

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    • 14 March, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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      Glad to hear I am not the only one who uses the real and fake mixture approach!!

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  • 13 March, 2017 at 9:30 am
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    I don’t, but I have been contemplating getting a few for my basement. It is where I film and plants look lovely as background, but don’t survive down there.

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  • 13 March, 2017 at 10:38 am
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    These plants looks so real, I dont have any artifishial one in my home because my husband dosen’t like them…

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  • 13 March, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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    i have an aunt who is addicted to buying plants… even though she forgets about them in plain sight and then they (shocking, i know) die. these might be good birthday gifts for her (;

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    • 14 March, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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      Lol, that is a thoughtful if not slightly awkward gift idea! “Hey auntie, I know you have a tendency to kill things…” 😉

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  • 13 March, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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    I really like their stuff I should consider it….says the girl who just trough out another live dead plant this weekend!

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    • 14 March, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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      Hahahaha, if I added up the total cost of all the plants I killed, I could outfit my whole house with quality faux plants! 😉

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  • 14 March, 2017 at 3:55 am
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    Amazing blog post and great photos.
    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent post and thank you for the comments!!
    MyLyfeMyStory

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  • 14 March, 2017 at 6:40 am
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    I love the bookshelf photo! I don’t have any plants around here. Real or artificial. I end up killing them all. Even the artificial ones haha!

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  • 14 March, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Love this! They look awesome- and are perfect for low light areas. 🙂

    -Ashley

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