Artificial plants spruce up your home décor season after season. They never wilt or dry, which makes them perfect for display throughout the year. Enjoy their organic beauty for years to come with this guide on how to care for artificial house plants.
How To Care for Artificial Plants
Look for the ‘Outdoor-Safe’ Label
When decorating outdoor spaces, choose UV-protected artificial plants that can resist certain levels of sun damage and fading. Check if they’re marked “outdoor-safe” before displaying them outside.
Adjust Your Plants’ Placement
For indoor plants near windows, rotate them at least once a month to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Alternatively, reposition your artificial greenery in different areas of the house as the seasons change. This also allows you to refresh your home décor with minimal effort.
Regularly Clean Your Plants
It’s important to keep artificial plants free of dust and dirt to extend their life and preserve their vibrant hue. Follow our cleaning tips below.
Set a Cleaning Schedule
We recommend dusting your artificial potted plants weekly or biweekly to keep dirt from building up. The frequency of your cleaning varies based on your location and weather conditions.
Use a Soft-Bristle Paint Brush
To avoid spreading dust inside your home, clean topiaries and house plants outdoors. Start brushing surfaces from the top, then work your way down. If your artificial topiary is pre-lit, take care not to tug on or remove the light strings. Remember to clean accumulated dust at the base of your planter.
Gently Wipe Off Stains
Wipe the foliage with a damp rag. Simply use water to moisten the cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents or cleaning solutions as these can discolour or remove any adhesive used for the accents.
How To Store Artificial Plants
Choose a Safe and Dry Storage Area
Keep your artificial plants away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements can discolour and damage them. A closet and spare bedroom are ideal storage locations.
Clean Before Storing
Make sure to clean artificial potted plants following the tips mentioned above. If you wiped the foliage with a damp cloth, air it out and dry thoroughly before storage.
Use a Sturdy Container
Place your artificial plants inside clear plastic bins or durable storage bags with internal paddings and straps to keep your plants in place. Some bags also have wheels at the bottom so you can move plants from the display area to storage easily.
Store Plants Carefully
Put small plants together in a large box. Fill in spaces with crumpled newspapers or packing peanuts. Remember to label which side of the container should be kept up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about artificial plants:
How Do You Keep Artificial Plants From Fading in the Sun?
Choose outdoor artificial plants crafted with UV protection. Our collection of outdoor-safe foliage is designed to resist damage from the sun and weather as long as they’re displayed outside for up to three months per year. Protect them even more by placing them under a form of shade such as a canopy, archway, or pergola.
How To Secure Artificial Plants in Pots?
Add a layer of dirt, moss, and pebbles to the base of your artificial garden plants. These natural elements help keep them in place and create a lifelike effect.
How To Make Artificial Plants Look Real?
Pair high-quality artificial plants with their natural counterparts to make your garden foliage look more realistic. Make sure that these are weatherproof artificial plants, so they withstand elements. Accents such as dirt, moss, and rocks will help them blend seamlessly. For indoor plants, place them next to a window or a glass door to give the illusion that they need ample sunlight to grow.
How Do I Prevent Artificial Plants From Looking Dusty?
Make sure to clean your artificial plants regularly to prevent dust build-up. Use a feather duster or soft cloth to gently wipe the leaves or a hairdryer on a cool setting to blow away loose dust.
How Long Do Artificial Plants Last?
High-quality artificial plants typically last a long time with proper care, use, and storage. Take note that exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures may cause fading and damage over time.