Where to Buy the Best Fake Plants — Plus, Our Fave Places to Shop
If you’re like me and love plants, but are busy with life or traveling, or have an apartment patio with little or no direct sunlight, or you live somewhere without much rain or that has temperatures that run too hot or too cold, or you have pets that like to snack on petals and leaves, I have two words for you: fake plants.
I once went on back-to-back work trips for 30 days and forgot to ask my pet sitter to also water my plants. I had four out on my balcony, including a bright purple orchid and succulents in a planter that was sculpted to look like a face with tendrils that cascaded down its side and looked like locks of hair. I was so proud of the way I had kept them alive because my thumb hasn’t been historically green.
They were all dead or dying by the time I returned home.
In an effort to learn from my mistakes, I researched the best faux plants that don’t need to be watered and where to find them, and drilled down the best ways to make them look legit and keep them clean, too.
How to Shop for Fake Plants That Look Real
Today’s artificial plants are much more realistic in color, shape, and texture than what you might have seen in years or decades past. These are really the key things you want to look for when shopping for fake plants that look like the real thing.
- Check for slight color and shape variations in the leaves and stems.
- Make sure that the stems are flexible so they can be manipulated into the shape you want.
- Decorative pots go a long way, but you can just as easily drop a faux plastic grower’s pot into a vessel you already own.
How to Make Fake Plants Look Real
There are also ways you can make your faux plant look even more true-to-life. Here are some easy ways.
- Take your fake fiddle leaf fig tree and place it in a basket.
- “Pot” your birds of paradise plant in a decorative ceramic container.
- Rest a bunch of bougainvillea in a hanging planter.
- Drape your greenery over a stack of books on a coffee table or bookshelf.
Styling fake plants with intention will help them seem like the real thing, and positioning them away from direct sunlight will keep their color from fading so they stay vibrant and appear as though they’re full of chlorophyll. Any time you can add a natural element to them (think: equally low-maintenance river rocks or freshly misted water) your faux plants will feel all the more organic.
How to Clean Fake Plants
Artificial plants may require way less care than live plants, but like any other object in your home, they’ll still collect dust. Regular dusting and a deep clean a couple times a year will keep your artificial plants looking anything but fake. To clean fake plants, do the following:
- Use a soft, dry cloth, or microfiber duster to wipe the tops and undersides of the leaves of your faux houseplant.
- For a deeper clean, you can use a damp cloth, make your own natural, nontoxic cleaning solution using water and vinegar, or even run them under the shower.