Do you love the way potted plants look in your friends’ houses, but you can’t manage to keep a plant alive? You can get the same vibrant feel in your home without the extra maintenance by choosing a few faux plants. They don’t have to look outwardly fake, as design and materials have come a long way in recent years.
Owning artificial plants carries many advantages—let’s look at the benefits of going faux.
Less Maintenance Required
With real plants, you have to remember to water, fertilize, and prune them on a regular basis to keep them looking fresh and lively. If you have the opposite of a green thumb, you may worry about those beautiful leaves turning brown.
When you own faux plants, the most maintenance you’ll ever do is occasionally wiping down the leaves to remove dust. Easy as pie!
More Creative Opportunities
Consider incorporating your faux plants into a creative arrangement or centerpiece. You won’t have to worry as much about leaves or stems snapping off as you arrange your greenery.
For example, you could create an eye-catching succulent arrangement out of items you can find at any craft store. Take an afternoon to assemble a showstopping focal point for your coffee table or countertop, and rest easy knowing it’ll last for years.
A Cost-Effective Approach
If you have any friends with impeccable gardening skills, you know that keeping plants alive can get expensive. From terra-cotta pots to fancy fertilizer, a fair amount of money goes into maintaining real plants that will inevitably wither and die.
While the up-front cost of an artificial plant may be on par with the real deal, you’ll get many more years of enjoyment out of the faux greenery. And you won’t even have to buy soil or fertilizer for it.
They’re Safer for Pets
If you have a four-legged companion in your house, you’re likely aware of several plants that are toxic to them. Lilies, for example, pose a serious danger to your dog or cat’s health if they’re in the habit of nibbling on leaves.
Do you love the look of a poinsettia but value your kitten’s well-being more? Buy a faux poinsettia plant to enjoy it—and your cat’s companionship—for years to come.
While real plants certainly add panache to a home, there’s no shame in opting for the artificial versions. There are many benefits of owning artificial plants; most of all, you can enjoy the look of natural greenery without the added responsibility.