The 15 Best Fake Plants of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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We all have that one friend who has a serious green thumb and seems to be able to grow and tend lush greenery all over their home with minimal effort. For the rest of us, thankfully, the fake plant market is blooming with some seriously realistic-looking faux plant options. 

In recent years, fake plants have become increasingly popular in home decor, and advances in manufacturing and material technology continue to make fake plants look even more realistic. “I have always had a love for real plants, but sometimes even the most green-fingered people can’t always revive a dying houseplant,” says Holly May Price, a home decor influencer and expert in the UK. “Fake plants are just so robust and a great substitute over the real thing. They are ultra-low-maintenance, which means you can own a lot more of them”

We devoted hours to researching the top home decor websites, reading consumer reviews, and considered our own personal experience, which led to the curation of an extensive list of the best and most incredibly realistic fake plants that will take the ambiance of your home up a notch with minimal effort.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Pot

Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Pot


What We Like
  • A large, classy statement piece

  • Branches are adjustable

  • Lush, vibrant leaves

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat pricey

  • Doesn’t come with a decorative pot

Fiddle leaf fig trees are among the most popular statement pieces you can have in a home. The drawback is that larger ones are some of the most expensive real houseplants you can buy, and the come with steep price tags, which can be tough to justify if your green thumb is seriously lacking. That’s why the Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is the ideal addition to your home’s decor. While a little pricey initially, this realistic-looking faux fig tree will more than pay for itself over time. 

This tree boasts the hallmark narrow trunks and slender branches dotted with a plethora of lush, healthy-looking leaves. As an added bonus, these leaves are posable and fluffable, and the branches are adjustable so that you can customize your tree to your particular space.

This is a great stand-alone artificial plant, or you can have a pair to keep each other company. Its minimalistic care regimen requires occasional dusting and can stand up to the addition of a string of lights for added ambiance and a welcoming effect. The one drawback is that this tree doesn’t include a decorative pot in your purchase, so you’ll need to add that in to the already somewhat hefty price of the initial purchase.

Price at time of publish: $144.99

Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 72 inches | Weight: 17.72 pounds | Plant Type: Fiddle leaf

Best Budget

West Elm Faux Potted Donkey Tail Plant

West Elm Faux Potted Donkey Tail Plant

West Elm

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Whimsical and unique appearance

  • Choose from two different colored pots included in the purchase

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to dust

  • Tends to fade when placed in direct sunlight

The West Elm Faux Potted Donkey Tail Plant is a fun and affordable addition to any home. Its compact size gives you plenty of options for placement, and its unique design adds a touch of whimsy to any room. This is a great choice if you want a budget-friendly faux plant that will last for years. At this price, you can get multiple plants to group together or put in different areas of your house. In fact, you can choose from different sizes to add even more variety.

The Donkey tail holds up well to most environments, including curious pets. It does tend to fade when placed in direct sunlight, though, but since this is an artificial plant, you can place it in even the shadiest part of your home without worry. The plant’s leaves offer much in the way of visual appeal, but their tight configuration and plentiful number make them more difficult to dust than some other plants with larger and fewer leaves. Another thing to love about this choice is not only that it comes with a pot included, but you can actually choose from two different colors.

Price at time of publish: Small: $39; Medium: $59

Dimensions: Small: 6.3 in. w x 12.6 in. d x 12.6 in h; Medium: 6 in. w x 7.5 in. d x 18.5 in. h | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Donkey Tail

Best Splurge

Petals 6' Pagoda Ming Aralia Silk Tree

Petals 6' Pagoda Ming Aralia Silk Tree


What We Like
  • Extremely realistic-looking

  • Can be decorated for added appeal

  • Handcrafted natural wood trunks

What We Don't Like
  • Very pricey

  • Decorative pot is not included

The Pagoda Ming Aralia Silk Tree is a popular ornamental plant that's native to Asia. It's often used in interior decoration because of its lush green foliage and unique pagoda-like branching structure. When fully grown, it can reach a height of 6 feet, making it an excellent choice for adding visual interest to any room. The Petals 6' Pagoda Ming Aralia Silk Tree is an extremely realistic-looking faux version that will fool almost any visitor to your home.

This low-maintenance and long-lasting alternative to is available in either a 6- or 7-foot version. It features hand-crafted natural wood trunks and arrives fully shaped and readied to display. It’s a great choice for decorating with a string of lights to add ambiance and a romantic or welcoming feel to your home. One drawback, however, is that this tree comes with a very hefty price tag. It also doesn’t come with a decorative pot, adding even more initial expense. However, it you’re looking for a long-lasting statement piece that will complement any room, this tree is tough to beat. 

Price at time of publish: 6-foot: $649; 7-foot: $799

Dimensions: Small: 6 feet x 38 inches; Large: 7 feet x 40 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Pagoda Ming Aralia

Best Palm

Nearly Natural 6.5 Ft Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree

Nearly Natural 6.5 Ft Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree


What We Like
  • Realistic and abundant leaves

  • Relatively affordable considering its size

  • Crafted from high-quality silk

What We Don't Like
  • Ships in two pieces, which need to be assembled

  • Doesn’t include a decorative pot in your purchase

If you’re looking to add appeal to your living space, but want to purchase only one artificial plant, consider the Nearly Natural 6.5-ft. Golden Cane Palm Silk Tree. This high-quality silk palm stands at a stately 6.5 feet tall but weighs a mere 11 pounds, making it a practical and easy-to-transport option. This incredibly real-looking tree is an eye-catching addition to any room. The three narrow trunks add variety and fullness to the piece.

With a series of 333 palm leaves, there’s also a significant amount of greenery, which looks incredibly healthy and vibrant but can be a pain to dust and clean. During testing, this tree was one of the most realistic faux plants we've seen, with easily malleable (albeit slightly scratchy) leaves and thoughtfully added intentional imperfections for added realism. Thanks to intentional imperfections, it also maintained a life-like feel that made it look like a normal, healthy plant. One drawback is that it comes with a plain black, cheaply made pot, so you may want to swap it for something more attractive.

Price at time of publish: $119.10

Dimensions: 45 x 40 x 78 inches | Weight: 11 pounds | Plant Type: Palms

Nearly Natural Palm

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Best Cactus

Nearly Natural Colorful Cactus Gardens

Nearly Natural Colorful Cactus Gardens

Nearly Natural

What We Like
  • Compact design

  • Unique looking

  • Adds a pop of color to your room

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat pricey

  • No customization options

Finding a fake cactus can actually be more challenging than you might think. Fortunately, the Nearly Natural Colorful Cactus Gardens are just imperfect enough to pass for the real deal. This set of two cactus arrangements features decorative and delightful blooms that add a fun pop of color to any room. Group them together or separate, high or low to create whatever visual effect suits you best. Nestled inside rustic pots, these cactus plants look like they came straight out of the desert.

While the physical measurements of these plants make them a great option for smaller spaces and tinier homes, their price tag is somewhat steep. Considering that you’ll never have watched them fail to thrive, however, the investment is well worth it. It would also be nice if there were one or two more cactus types to choose from for added variety. And, while they come with rustic-looking pots, if you want something a little more lively and vibrant, you’ll have to buy those separately. Cleaning these little cactus plants is also super-easy, but be sure to watch out for their surprisingly realistic (and sharp) spines.

Price at time of publish: $54.00

Dimensions: 9.5-10 x 5.5 x 6 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Cactus

Best Succulents

Augshy 16-Pack Artificial Unpotted Succulents

Augshy 16-Pack Artificial Unpotted Succulents


What We Like
  • Super-budget-friendly

  • Great for mixing and matching in multiple pots

  • A wide array of colors and sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Slightly more pastel colors than other choices

  • Plants come without pots

Succulents are usually prized, because they’re so easy to take care of, but if you still can’t quite manage it, the Augshy 16-Pack Artificial Unpotted Succulents are a super-budget-friendly, quaint option. This affordable variety pack offers 16 different succulent types that mimic favorites like hawthoria and echeveria plants. Unlike most other succulents, however, these come completely unpotted, which adds to their price tag somewhat. However, with so many little plants to choose from, the options for mixing and matching them are almost endless, and you can let your creativity flow.

Whether you choose to pot your succulents individually or grouped in a cute, low-profile garden arrangement, these little plants will look great in any room, small or large. They’re a perfect option for folks with limited space, though. Each artificial succulent features a sleek, built-in stem that’s strong and can handle multiple rearrangements. These little plants can also make great gifts or housewarming presents for the foliage-challenged individuals in your life.

Price at time of publish: $15.95

Dimensions: Varies per succulent, 1.5-3.5 inches x 1.6-3.5 inches | Weight: 0.725 pounds | Plant Type: Succulent

Best Monstera

Ikea Fejka Artificial Potted Plant

Ikea Fejka Artificial Potted Plant


What We Like
  • Easy to dust and clean

  • Available in multiple sizes

  • Leaves contain realistic imperfections for added authenticity

What We Don't Like
  • Leaves may need to be fluffed

  • May be a little sparse for some tastes

The clean lines and minimalistic look of the IKEA Fejka Artificial Potted Plant add a subtle and tasteful touch to your home without the hefty expense and upkeep of a real, high-maintenance Monstera. This faux plant is carefully crafted from a blend of PEVA and polyethylene, both plastic polymers that are durable and super-easy to clean. The materials work together to form thin, sturdy, slightly shiny leaves that almost flawlessly mimic the look of a live monstera. However, since this is a faux plant, you don’t have to wait impatiently to see the hallmark “splits” in the leaves that this plant is known for—they’re there from the very beginning.

For added versatility, this plant is available in two different sizes and budgetary options. One is a cute 4 3/4 inches that’s perfect for a desktop or bookshelf, and the other is a larger 7 1/2 inches that works great as a floor plant. Choose your favorite, and grab a decorative pot to spruce up your living space without spending a ton of extra cash. While the clean, minimalist look of this plant is ideal for many, it may not be lush or large enough for some. 

Price at time of publish: Small: $12.99; Large: $64.99

Dimensions: Small: 4.75 X 12.5 inches; Large: 7.5 x 35.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Monstera

Best Colorful

Nearly Natural 24" Bougainvillea Hanging Basket Silk Plant

Nearly Natural 24" Bougainvillea Hanging Basket Silk Plant


What We Like
  • Doesn’t take up valuable shelf or counter space

  • Lush, realistic flowers

  • Adds vibrant color and life to your space

What We Don't Like
  • May be too large for smaller spaces

  • Difficult to dust and clean

One of the best things about flowering plants is their vibrancy and festive color. One of the worst things is their high maintenance and often short lifespan, but not so with the Nearly Natural Bougainvillea Basket. This is a carefully crafted basket of sturdy polyester cream-colored tiny flowers surrounded by a mix of delicate pastel petals. It also features plenty of lush, healthy-looking leaves that add a great level of contrast and life to this arrangement. 

This basket is an excellent choice if you are short on counter or shelf space but, you want to liven up a boring corner of your home. Indoors or outdoors, this fake flower is built to last. It comes nestled in a traditional wicker planter that never goes out of style. While this hanging planter is a great space-saving option for many homes, it takes up quite a bit more area than some other options on the list. And, with all the leaves and flowers, it can be quite a pain to keep clean and dust-free. 

Price at time of publish: $63.11

Dimensions: 32 In. W x 32 In. D x 24 In. H | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Plant Type: Bouganvillea flowers

Best Aloe

World Market Faux Aloe in Terracotta Pot

World Market Faux Aloe in Terracotta Pot

World Market

What We Like
  • Sold in a striking terracotta pot

  • Dense, thick leaves

  • Good value for the money

What We Don't Like
  • Plant may be darker in real life than depicted

  • More densely populated than many real aloe plants

One of the more frustrating things about real aloe plants can be how sparsely populated and irregular they are in appearance. The World Market Faux Aloe in Terracotta Pot solves both of those dilemmas with a medium-profile, variegated, and majestic design. At 18 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide, this plant isn’t particularly massive, but it will definitely get noticed. The dense arrangement of leaves immediately draws the eye, although it is noticeably overpopulated, compared to most real-life aloe plants. 

To add authenticity, the aloe leaves vary in size, shape, and height, and they boast the tell-tale tooth-like thorns that aloe is known for. This artificial aloe is a well-priced option on its own, but the fact that it includes an earthy and rustic terracotta pot really sweetens the deal. In fact, the planter is just as much of a statement piece as the plant itself. One thing to note is that many folks find this aloe plant somewhat darker in real life than in the online photos.

Price at time of publish: $39.99

Dimensions: 4.5 In. W x 5.5 In. D x 18 In. H | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Aloe

Best Rubber Tree

West Elm Faux Potted Rubber Tree

West Elm Faux Potted Rubber Tree

West Elm

What We Like
  • Available in different sizes

  • Can be ordered with or without a planter

  • Able to be posed to fit in different areas

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Available planter only comes in one color

The West Elm Faux Potted Rubber Tree is one of the more authentic-looking fake rubber trees on the market. Rubber trees have a distinctive shape and a dark, burgundy hue that can fade to a stale yellowish green if not properly cared for. Since they’re also one of the more finicky real-life plants, it will save you added stress and effort to purchase this exceptionally real-life imitation that will look healthy and lush for years. 

This plant is available in multiple sizes. Choose from a more subtle 3-foot plant, or go big with the 6-foot statement piece. You also have the option of purchasing both sizes with or without a white planter. While the white pot is a classic and understated design, it would be nice if there were a couple of more choices in terms of color, but since it’s available for purchase without the pot, you have endless customization options. These plants are a little on the pricey side and should be considered more of a decor investment than some other choices on the market. However, their ease of care and simple cleaning make them a worthwhile choice.

Price at time of publish: $149 to 478

Dimensions: Small: 24 X 39 inches; Large: 24 x 68.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: Rubber Tree

Best Ficus

Joss & Main 53'' Faux Ficus Tree in Earthenware Planter

Joss & Main 53'' Faux Ficus Tree in Earthenware Planter

Joss & Main

What We Like
  • Gives a lush, exotic feel to your home

  • Sold in a classic earthenware pot

  • Can be shaped and reshaped to suit any space

What We Don't Like
  • May be too large for smaller spaces

  • Leaves aren’t as sturdy as some other choices

Few things compare to the indoor foliage statement piece of a ficus. This fancy faux fig tree adds a classic yet exotic touch to your home without being too overbearing and constantly dropping its leaves. A favorite for adding delicate, twinkling lights, the ficus tree never goes out of style. This one comes fully prepared with a classic and neutral-colored earthenware pot filled with decorative rocks.

Some reshaping and positioning are all that’s required to make this fake ficus ready to go, straight out of the box. Since it requires zero sunlight, this tree can be artfully placed anywhere you want it, even in the darkest corner of the room. While it is on the smaller side, it may still be too large for some smaller spaces. Be sure to use caution during unboxing and “fluffing” of the leaves, as they may not be as sturdy as some less-realistic-looking ficus trees and may fall off if treated too aggressively. 

Price at time of publish: $237

Dimensions: 53'' H X 24'' W X 24'' D | Weight: 19.61 pounds | Plant Type: Ficus

Best Vine

Afloral Natural Touch Pothos Artificial Plant 48 Inch

Afloral Natural Touch Pothos Artificial Plant 48 Inch


What We Like
  • Lightweight and versatile option

  • Slight imperfections mimic authentic vines

  • Posable and highly manueverable

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult to pose in a natural-looking way

  • Ends of the vines tend to be a little too sparse

The Afloral Natural Touch Pothos is an ethically designed and well-sized climbing vine replica. It can be thoughtfully positioned on a counter, cabinet, or shelf, or you can hang it for a visual appeal that adds depth and interest to those otherwise-empty corners of your room. The plastic and wire design allows you to mold the vines into virtually any position or configuration you can imagine, so consider checking out some plant-styling tips to get some fresh ideas for this classic plant. Some users complain that it is difficult to pose the vines into a realistic-looking, effortlessly cascading appearance, however.

This plant adds an ideal pop of green and is excellent tucked up on a high shelf where your pets can’t destroy it. At 48 inches, it’s actually quite sizable and is a good value. The ends of each vine tend to look a little sparse, however, but that seems only to add to the authenticity of the plant itself. Pair it with the planter of your choice to match any decor.

Price at time of publish: $46

Dimensions: 48 inches | Weight: not specified | Plant Type: Pothos vine

Best Bush

Afloral UV Protected Indoor/Outdoor Geranium Bush - 18 Inch

Afloral UV Protected Indoor/Outdoor Geranium Bush - 18 Inch


What We Like
  • Can be placed indoors or out

  • Can fit in a wide variety of pots or planters

  • Can be clustered together to form bushes of varying size

What We Don't Like
  • Only available in white

  • May require additional UV protection for outdoor use

Sometimes you want a realistic-looking bush that can do double duty, either indoors or out. Definitely consider the full and bright Afloral UV Protected Indoor/Outdoor Geranium Bush. While it won’t deter pests as well as the real thing, it comes with the ease of ultra-low maintenance, making it a welcome addition to your sunroom, dining table, porch, or patio. This bush is ideal for those who just can’t seem to keep a real flowerbed functioning for the long term.

The fluffy faux blooms feature eight lush clusters per stem. Group several together in a window box or large patio planter, or keep individual stems in a vase to add a fresh, romantic feel to your kitchen or dining room. These blooms come UV-protected for outdoor use, but you may want to regularly retreat them to keep them in tip-top shape. It would also be nice if they came in color options other than white.

Price at time of publish: $36

Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 3 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: White Geranium

Best Flower

Afloral Faux Cherry Blossom in Cream White - 44 Inch

Afloral Faux Cherry Blossom in Cream White - 44 Inch


What We Like
  • Whimsical and fresh appearance

  • Features a tall main stem that can be trimmed to fit any arrangement

  • Highly realistic appearance

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color choices

  • Pricey if you want to add multiple branches to an arrangement

The Afloral Faux Cherry Blossom gets a ton of love for being one of the most realistic and beautiful fake cherry blossoms available. Since real cherry blossoms are so short-lived, and their blooming season is so quick, the amount of time you don’t get to spend enjoying them in your home can be disappointing. This faux alternative is one of the best ways to decorate with plants and allows you the luxury of enjoying these springtime favorites all year long. This particular sprig of flowers features a 44-inch tall stem that can be trimmed to fit in any vase or planter you can imagine.

This choice adds a high-end, graceful feel to any room when placed in a tall, slender vase, or you can trim multiple clusters to make a larger, more dramatic bouquet that welcomes folks into a beautiful entryway, living room, dining room, or sun porch. Unlike real cherry blossoms, these won’t require frequent pruning and water changing in order to eke out every inch of life from them. Keep in mind, however, that the more clusters you purchase, the more quickly you'll eat through your budget; these aren’t the cheapest bang for your buck, but you definitely get what you pay for, and these flowers are worth the investment.

Price at time of publish: $38

Dimensions: 44 x 12-19 inches | Weight: Not listed | Plant Type: White Cherry Blossom

Best Hanging

Nearly Nature Artificial Large Boston Fern Hanging Basket

Nearly Nature Artificial Large Boston Fern Hanging Basket


What We Like
  • Comes potted in a tasteful, woven planter

  • Plenty of fluffy, varied leaves

  • Built-in hanging rope is thick and strong

What We Don't Like
  • Tends to fade if placed in direct sunlight

  • Leaves may arrive frustratingly bent from packaging

If you want a sizable, traditional hanging plant, the Nearly Natural Boston Fern Hanging Basket is an ideal option. The classically timeless fern is notoriously tough to maintain and requires frequent love. Not so with this well-crafted faux fern, though. While it’s not quite as authentic-looking as some other choices on the list, when viewed from the hanging position, it will be tough to tell the difference between this and its true-life counterpart. In a live fern, the leaves tend to be thin, papery, and annoyingly delicate, but this option pulls off thin and delicate-looking leaves without constantly dropping a bunch on the floor.

For added value, the Nearly Natural fern comes in a tastefully crafted woven basket and is supported by a surprisingly strong and thick hanging rope that is easily anchored to your ceiling without having to worry about overwatering and dripping onto your floor or carpet. While this plant is outfitted with unwieldy and varied stems that stick out here and there, it can come annoyingly crimped from the package, which takes a while to work out. You should be careful not to place this choice in direct sunlight, as the leaves tend to fade over time. 

Price at time of publish: $66.48

Dimensions: 21 x 48 inches | Weight: 3.4 lbs | Plant Type: Fern

Final Verdict

When it comes to the best overall choice in terms of faux plants for your home, the Pure Garden Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is a large, classy statement piece with full, authentic-looking branches that can be posed into almost any position you could want. It is a little on the pricey side, though. For a more budget-friendly, albeit slightly less dramatic option, check out the West Elm Faux Potted Donkey Tail Plant. You’ll love the whimsical uniqueness of this sturdy, well-made fake plant.

What to Look for in Fake Plants

Plant Type

When purchasing fake plants, there are a few types to consider, depending on your personal preferences and the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Some popular plant types for fake plants include:

  • Succulents: Succulents are popular choices for fake plants, because they have a unique, interesting shape and are often quite colorful. They can also be grouped in a variety of configurations to fit any space.
  • Foliage plants: Foliage plants, such as ferns, ivy, and palm trees, can add a lush, tropical feel to a room. They are also often used as accents in floral arrangements.
  • Flowering plants: If you want to add some color to your space, consider purchasing fake flowering plants. Roses, peonies, and hydrangeas are all popular choices.
  • Cacti: Cacti are another type of succulent that can add a unique, desert-inspired feel to a room. They come in a wide variety of types and sizes, so there’s something for everyone.


When it comes to the ideal size for fake plants, you’ll first want to consider the scale of the plant in relation to the size of the space. A small plant might get lost in a large room, while a large one might overwhelm a small space. Make sure the size of the plant is proportionate to the size of the room and any other furniture or decor in the space.

Consider the balance of the room. If you have other large or visually heavy pieces of furniture or decor, a smaller plant may help balance the room visually. Conversely, if you have a lot of small decor items or furniture pieces, a larger plant can help ground the space and provide a focal point. You don’t want to mix up good and bad feng-shui plants and ruin the feel you’re going for. 

Lastly, think about where you will be placing the plant. If it's going on a shelf or a table, you may want to choose a smaller plant. If you're using it as a floor plant, a larger size may be more appropriate.


The materials that your faux plants are made from can make or break the authenticity of the plants. Go for realism; choose a plant made from materials that look and feel natural. High-quality fake plants are made from materials like silk, polyester, or high-grade plastic that mimic the look and feel of real plants.

Consider the durability of the materials used to make the plant. High-quality materials will hold up better over time, and they won't fade or lose their shape as quickly as lower-quality materials. How easy or difficult is the material to clean? While you might not have to worry about watering, nutrients, and sunlight, you’re still going to have to dust and clean the plants at some point. 

If you have pets or small children in your home, consider the safety of the materials used to make the plant. Look for plants made from non-toxic materials, and avoid those with small or easily detachable parts that could pose a choking hazard.

Very few people buy fake plants wanting something that looks fake. More often than not, they want something realistic, which means finding a faux plant that doesn’t look unreasonably perfect. Look for fake plants with brown spots, imperfectly shaped leaves, or scraggly branches. And if you can find an option with adjustable leaves and branches—which you can mold into any shape you want—that's even better. “[Be sure to] take some time to prune and bend the leaves into a more natural presentation after unpackaging,” says Betsy Moyer, co-founder of the experiential design firm Retreat.

  • Why should I buy fake plants?

    One of the main advantages of fake plants is that they require very little maintenance. Unlike real plants, they don't need to be watered, fertilized, or pruned, which makes them an ideal choice for people who don't have the time or inclination to care for living plants.

    For people with allergies, fake plants can be a good alternative to real, pollen-producing plants. They also always look the same, which can be an advantage if you're trying to achieve a particular aesthetic or design theme in your home or office. 

    Some types of plants may be difficult to find or grow in certain climates or environments. With fake plants, you can choose from a wide variety of plants and styles, regardless of where you live or work, not to mention the fact that they are far more durable than real plants. If that’s not enough reason, while faux plants may be a little pricier at the outset, they can be a far more cost-effective choice in the long run.

  • How do I clean fake plants?

    Overall, the method you choose for cleaning your plants will depend on the type of fake plant you have and the extent of the cleaning needed. Regular dusting or using compressed air can often keep your fake plants looking fresh and clean, while more thorough cleaning methods may be necessary on occasion.

    Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some fake plants can be rinsed or washed with water. Be sure to use lukewarm water and a mild soap, and be gentle when handling the leaves and stems. Rinse the plant thoroughly, and let it dry completely before returning it to its display.

    Another option is to mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and mist the plant with the solution. Use a soft cloth or brush to gently wipe away any dirt or dust, and then rinse the plant with water and let it dry.

    For more delicate or complex fake plants, or for those that require deep cleaning, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service. They can use specialized equipment and cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your fake plants without damaging them.

  • How long do artificial plants last?

    The lifespan of artificial plants depends on several factors, including the quality of the materials used to make them, the conditions in which they are displayed or stored, and how often they are cleaned or maintained.

    With proper care and maintenance, high-quality artificial plants can last for many years, even decades. However, lower-quality plants may start to show signs of wear and tear after just a few months or years.

  • How can I make a fake plant look more realistic?

    When considering your options, be sure to check for small imperfections in the plants, like leaves of varying sizes and colors. You can also make the plant look more realistic with certain styling choices. “Skip the look that the plant came with, and nestle that faux plant right into a special pot with special consideration for the scale of the plant," recommends Moyer. "Use some Spanish moss to fill the planter, and consider placing it on a riser inside a large planter or basket to give your plant more presence.”

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Lisa Conant, a freelance writer with over 17 years of experience. For this roundup, she relied on her own expertise, sought insight from other expert tips from home decor enthusiast and designer Holly May Price, and also poured over dozens of product reviews from both The Spruce's at-home testers and independent consumers, putting high-quality material construction, authenticity, variety, and investment cost at the top of the list. Betsy Moyer, co-founder of the experiential design firm Retreat, provided additional input.

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