In the past, the answer may well have been no. But in recent years, creators of artificial home decor plants have upped their game, and it can often be hard to tell the difference between the two.
If you still need convincing, here are seven reasons why faux trees and other houseplants are better than their living alternatives.
1. They are low maintenance
The only maintenance needed for artificial trees and other houseplants is a brush with a duster once in a while – or maybe a wipe with a damp cloth from time to time. With no need to water, trim, support, fertilise or move to sunnier spots, they involve far less care than living plants.
2. They cost less to maintain
The costs associated with real plants can be high, depending on which you choose. Soil or compost, fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides mean the money you spend on maintenance can mount up. While the cost of purchase can sometimes be higher when you buy fake trees and other houseplants, you know that they will last you for years with no additional costs involved.
3. They aren’t affected by the seasons
Unlike real plants, artificial houseplants do not shed their leaves or flowers with the seasons. This not only means less mess to clean up, it also means that they look the same all year round, giving consistency to your home decor.
4. They are hypoallergenic
Real plants can play havoc with hayfever and other allergies. While you and other members of your household may not suffer, it is important to remember that visitors to your home might. Choose faux plants, and you can rest assured that your home will not be responsible for causing these allergies to flare up.
5. They can easily be moved
Artificial plants are not limited to just one place. Should you fancy changing the look and feel of a particular room, you can move fake plants over without the need to worry about whether the temperature, moisture levels and amount of sunshine are right. They can be put in the bathroom or kitchen without the moisture causing damage, and you can even bring outdoor decoration trees indoors for a new look and feel or for a special occasion.
6. They are not toxic to pets
Aloe vera, lilies, ivy, elephant ears…the list of houseplants that can be toxic to cats, dogs and other pets is vast. And animals are curious, so keeping them away can be a challenge. Choosing fake plants instead can give you peace of mind.
7. They are more durable
Living plants can deteriorate over time if they are not cared for correctly, or if they are exposed to pests. Good quality artificial indoor plants are designed to last for years to come. With many designed to be both pest and water-resistant, you can buy them safe in the knowledge that they will remain just as attractive as when you first bought them, years down the line.
There are many benefits to choosing artificial houseplants over their living counterparts. From ferns and fig trees to olive trees and orchids, take a look at the Twilight Trees collection of faux greenery & plants to find the perfect artificial plants for your home.