Rarity attracts. African plants and trees such as Acacia, Bird of Paradise, and Baobab—they’ve also got fascinating colors and forms on their side. No wonder almost everyone wants one or more of these beautifying their space. If you wish the same, realistic fake plants might be the right choice for you.
Growing and caring for African plants in your local conditions can be a challenge. It often takes a fair deal of gardening know-how, time, and effort. In addition, a majority of popular African plants take years to attain the desired mature size and look.
Botanically accurate artificial African plants offer the same aesthetic value as real plants, with none of the difficulties. Today, we’ll take a look at 6 popular fake green plants and trees that you’d rather buy faux:
Bird of Paradise
First up, Bird of Paradise, the “Queen of all indoor plants”. This striking tropical plant has lustrous, leathery banana-shaped leaves. The leaves have a blue-green hue and often feature a red midrib.
Bird of Paradise requires a sunny spot and a humid environment. That limits the areas you can ornament with it. It requires regular, careful irrigation and misting. In addition, you should be prepared to deal with diseases and pests such as leaf blight, root rot, scale, and mealybugs.
A faux Bird of Paradise plant can be used in any location that requires color and grace. It’s great as an accent, near windows, entry points, and sitting areas. You can use these realistic fake plants to liven up the dull, shaded spots and let the visitors marvel at how they’re thriving bereft light.
Acacia trees are prized for their umbrella-like canopy and bright green pinnate leaves. They do best in locations that receive plenty of sun and have well-drained gravelly or sandy soil.
Acacias are often plagued by pests such as thrips, whiteflies, and aphids. While these aren’t hard to deal with, keeping a check on them requires regular monitoring.
Artificial Acacia trees with real wood trunks and durable, fade-resistant foliage present a more carefree way of beautifying indoor and outdoor spaces. You can customize the size as well as the form (bonsai, bush and windswept tree) to suit your design needs.
Large Acacia trees look great at the back of outdoor benches and in kids-centric areas. Bonsai plants look stunning in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
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Fiddle Leaf fig is one of the world’s most gorgeous and popular house plants. It’s also one of the most finicky. You’ll need a spot that receives plenty of filtered light—the direct sun can scorch the foliage. On the flip side, insufficient sunlight gravely affects the tree’s growth rate.
Give it a little less water than it needs and the leaves will lose color and wilt. And even slight overwatering can lead to root rot.
An artificial Fiddle Leaf fig tree is the easiest way to keep up with the trends. You can pick the artificial fig tree’s location-based solely on your space’s design; elevate its visual appeal instantaneously.
The centers as well as the corners of a room, stairways, and seating areas are all great spots for these realistic fake plants.
The “African tree of life” has a distinctive upside-down form. It’s impossible to ignore, hence a great choice for focal points.
Baobab trees have an average growth rate and require at least 6 hours of direct sun every day. They require careful watering—young trees need to be irrigated frequently, but overwatering can cause root rot.
Baobab trees are also quite susceptible to insects such as spider mites, fungus gnats, and mealybugs. You can bypass these issues and still add a great safari element to your space by using Artificial Baobab trees.
A lone large artificial Baobab will look stunning at the center of a large indoor space. One or more of these can be used to draw attention to the key features of your outdoor space.
The “Dragon tree” is sought for its spiky form and attractive sword-like leaves. Dracaena requires plenty of filtered light to do well. Direct sunlight can burn its leaves.
The tree also needs to be watered regularly and with utmost care. Both over and under watering can adversely affect the tree’s health.
Dracaena tree requires regular fertilization during the growing season. In addition, its leaves are poisonous to cats and dogs. All of these factors make the artificial Dracaena Dragon tree a safer, better option for those with pets and little time at hand.
Artificial Dracaena trees with natural wood stems have a gnarled form that accentuates their spiky appearance. These dramatic tropicals are perfect for commercial areas such as amusement parks, retail centers, and offices.
Sansevieria or “Snake plant” has variegated vertical leaves with dark green to light gray-green bands and yellow margins. The leaves point straight up, creating a dramatic vertical look that’s made it the darling of interior decorators around the world.
Sansevieria plants don’t take kindly to the cold. The winter chill, even the cool air from AC vents can kill the plants.
The plants contain saponins – organic chemicals that act as natural fungicides and insecticides. While the plants themselves are virtually pest-free, they’re mildly toxic to cats, dogs, and even little kids.
If you’re looking for a simpler, safer way to ornament your space, choose realistic fake plants. Artificial Sansevieria Plants are just as breathtaking as the real ones. Sansevieria plants in vase-like pots are great as tabletop accents. These gorgeous plants are also excellent for lending natural-looking color to the corners of the room.
Durable, carefree, and always the right size, realistic fake plants are the perfect décor solution for everyone interested in infusing some African charm into their surroundings. Just be careful when measuring the space you need to fill in and customize the artificial plants accordingly when you place your order.