5 Tricks to Make Fake Plants Look Real: The Ultimate Guide

Fake plants in home

If you’ve ever tried to keep houseplants, you know how much time and effort it takes. Real plants can finicky, need to be cared for just about every day, and can still die even if you’re doing everything right. While some people enjoy caring for and maintaining a houseplant collection. Others just want a touch of natural decor without all the hassle. If you fall into the latter category, you may be interested in buying some fake plants. 

There’s just one problem– many fake houseplants aren’t convincing replicas. Fortunately for you, though, there are ways to make any fake houseplant look like the real deal. Let’s take a look at five of the easiest methods.

1. Add Asymmetry

Lady watering leaf of Fake Plants

Out in nature, things are almost never perfect. There’s always some slight marking, unusual bend, or perhaps a few missing leaves in natural plants. That’s why fake plants can sometimes look uncanny– they’re perfect. Because artificial plants made in a factory, every single one is identical and has none of those minor flaws that you see in the real thing.

To make your fake plants look more natural, you’ll need to add a few of those imperfections yourself. Bend the faux branches in different directions and possibly pluck a few leaves or petals, and you should have a much more organic look. 

2. Raise the Budget

When it comes to fake plants that look real, you generally get what you pay for. Sure, you can purchase plastic plants for pennies on the dollar, but they’re not going to look very convincing. If you want artificial greens that look exactly like the real thing, you may want to spend a bit of extra cash. 

While cheap fake plants made of plastic that’s clearly artificial, the more expensive ones made of silky fabrics held in place by a wire frame. Fabric plants are much more difficult to distinguish from real plants, and make for especially realistic fake trees. Though purchasing luxury faux plants is a bit more expensive upfront, it’s worth the money in the long run.

3. Cover the Fake Soil

hands with plant in pot

Some faux houseplants come with fake soil that’s just not all that convincing. If that’s the case with your fake plant, you’ll need to cover the soil up. You can do this with things like real soil, moss, stones, or anything else you’d see with a real houseplant. Just spread the material of your choice in a thin layer around the base of the plant until the fake soil is no longer visible, and you’re good to go! This allows you to customize your home decor while making your fake plants that much more convincing.

4. Put Fake Greenery in Realistic Areas

If you don’t want your fake greenery to get recognize as such, try to avoid putting it in places where a real plant wouldn’t thrive. For example, a real indoor plant would need to sit in a sunny windowsill to survive. If you keep your fake plant crammed in a small, dark room, it’ll be an obvious fake after it stays there for months on end without dying.

To combat this, be sure that all of your fake green plants are in sunny areas where a real plant would have everything it needs to survive. If you want to be really meticulous about it, research the needs of your fake plant’s real counterpart. Things like directness of sunlight and amount of sun exposure are important to real plants, so if you adhere to those needs with a fake plant, nobody will be able to tell the difference.

5. Keep Fake Green Plants Clean

Woman cleaning leaf of fake plants

While real plants can collect dust, they don’t usually do so as obviously as fake plants. They watered, moved around, and interacted with often enough that dust has a hard time forming. This isn’t the case with fake plants, though. Because they can just be left untouched in one place, they’ll start to gather dust after a while, which will make them much more obvious fakes. The same applies to blemishes and tears in the fabric.

Fortunately, this is easy enough to prevent. Just maintain your fake plants regularly. Every so often, wipe the dust off with a cleaning cloth and remove any blemished or torn leaves if the marks are too obvious. This will help keep your fake plants in perfect condition for years to come.

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