Spring is an easy time of year to feel the need to get some plants to decorate your living room or put in a gorgeous pot for your apartment balcony. Even people who aren’t great at keeping plants alive find themselves trying once again to have that green thumb. If you fall into this category and won’t be able to keep a new plant alive for long, try investing in some fake flowers.
There are plenty of options to try out if you want to decorate with flowers that’ll look fresh all year long. You may even find yourself fooling the most avid gardener you know!
Botanically Accurate Fakes
When you think of fake flowers, you automatically tend to think of the plasticky craft store flowers. But Real Touch flowers are the fake flowers you need to get your hands on. Real Touch flowers are not only botanically accurate, but the petals and leaves also have true-touch texture. They’re usually made from silk, but certain special cases (such as Orchids) require the flowers to be made of latex.
Now you’re probably thinking that ‘Real Touch’ is a brand name – but it isn’t. It’s not even a product license. So as a consumer, you need to realize that any company can claim that their fake flowers and plants are “Real Touch.” So be sure to seek them out from reputable companies.
It’s also important to note that not all of these flowers look and feel completely real.
Here are the types of flowers that tend to be more hyper-realistic:
- Calla Lilies
- Fuji Moms
Study Every Detail
If you’re going to invest in fake flowers, you’ve got to make sure that what you’re buying is accurate to the real deal. Some fake greenery is added onto with decorations or plastic, whether it’s for shipping purposes or to get the look the company wants in its product. We’ve all seen the fake roses that have the plastic water droplets on them. Those have never fooled anyone.
Look into some gardening websites that have legitimate information about the kinds of flowers you want to decorate with, and make sure you know what they look like, down to the last detail about their leaves. This step is key to making sure your purchase is worth your time.
Separate Those Stems
Once you’ve chosen the fake flowers you’d like, watch out for multiple flowers being combined into one giant stem. While the flowers may look real, covering multiple stems with extra plastic is something many companies do, since it makes shipping them in bunches much easier.
Instead, separate your flowers out and put them back together in a way that looks nice and natural. You can also read up on some great tips to create the best bouquets possible. Did it cross your mind to make an extra effort to buy flowers in natural colors? Now it has! There’s lots to learn about decorating with fake flowers that you should be aware of before you go shopping.
Try Something New
Believe it or not, there are some plants out there that are real but take very little effort to take care of and live for a long time. These may be cheaper than buying fake flowers as well. Some plants even offer great health benefits. Take aloe vera, for example. Not only is it great for your skin, but the succulent plant also absorbs CO2 at night, so you’ll be breathing purified air while you sleep. Plus, you’ll only need to water it once nearly every two weeks. Easy!
Another great plant to try is the rubber plant. Yes, it does look like rubber on the outside because of the shiny surfaces of its leaves, but it can also improve your health. Rubber plants reduce bacteria and mold spores in the air, making the air you breathe fresh and good for you. This plant doesn’t even need a watering can. You just have to spray water on its leaves once a day to keep them moist, and you’ll have a happy plant!
These kinds of plants are great for college students because they don’t cost a lot. If you’re in college, you may already know people who have plants like these, since they’re totally adorable and don’t take up much of your time.
Fake plants are great because you don’t have to raise them from seeds and there’s no chance of killing them. There are lots of stores out there that sell them in different kinds and colors, since decorating with fake plants is becoming more popular each day. Read up on what you want and have fun putting together some beautiful arrangements, but don’t forget — there are some easy plants out there that may be worth a try. No matter what, you’ll end up with some beautiful decorations!