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In the last decade or so, artificial plants have gained popularity in both the domestic, commercial and corporate sectors.  Artificial plants now look more realistic than ever. They have become a comparable alternative to its living counterpart, with the added advantage of low maintenance and being suitable for areas where live plants struggle to grow. 

From discount stores to large retailers and department stores it seems that everyone wants to cash in on the popularity of artificial plants these days, but are all artificial plants equal? 

Here’s what to look for:

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    Materials Used: What contributes to a plant looking unrealistic is the use of a single material, in most cases moulded plastic with little to no surface finish such as paint or flocking, which often results in a high glossy finish. Artificial plants these days are made from a combination of materials, ranging from high-density foam and a variety of fabrics and plastics, doing this allows for greater detail and life likeness.

    A great example of multiple materials is our Olive Tree olive-tree-2-1m

     

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        Ability to Sculpt: Are you able to train the stems in the direction that you want? You buy a plant that looks great on the store shelf and you bring it home and realise that you need to make a few adjustments to suit its new space, only to realise that the plant remains rigid and its stems curl back to its original position.  A quality artificial plant is made up of malleable materials and often has a wire spine running through its stem and leaves, allowing you sculpt and finesse the plant or shrub into a life-like natural form. 

        A plant we sculpt synogonium

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            Level of Detail: Manufacturers have taken to making moulds of real plants in order replicate realness and much of the manufacturing has returned to some degree of hand craftsmanship. Take a closer look to see the details and workmanship, on a quality artificial plant you may be able see that someone has hand wired pieces together to create a lush artificial plant.

            Look at the prints on the leaf of the wandering-jew

               

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                UV Protection: consider the placement of your new plant, tree or shrub, is it going outdoors into direct sunlight? What makes artificial plants “outdoor” suitable is that the colour is injected in to the plastic, rather than painted or coated on. This ensures that the colour lasts much longer in an outdoor environment.  Not all artificial plants are UV protected. This hedge is UV protected box-hedge-green-clover

                 

                   Of course, placement of your artificial plant can influence the level of life-likeness that you need.  Is it going on a reception desk where your clients and customers will have a close view or will it just add a touch a green in your stairwell?  Garden Beet has a variety of solutions to suit all situations and budgets.  Our designers and sales staff are more than happy to walk you through the ins and outs of artificial plants, shrubs or trees, and we have a massive showroom for you to peruse.