If artificial plants are designed for outdoor use, you can put it outside, but this does not mean that it can be used indefinitely. Over time, even the most durable outdoor materials will begin to age, crack, and fade. There are two types of outdoor Products:
1. UV Protection sprayed on the artificial plant:
At this time, if your artificial plant is treated with a UV protection, its life expectancy will be longer than untreated indoor products reaching 3- 5 or so years. Without UV treatment, regardless of the material, the outdoor artificial plant last will be even shorter for they are prone to age and lose shape and texture. Pacific Silkscapes can apply a commercial grade UV protection on selected indoor products that are going outdoors and will not have direct sunlight.
2. Products made with UV inhibitors inside the mold:
The best outdoor product we sell is called Polyblend® and “is a secret proprietary formulation of UV Inhibitors and UV Screeners to absorb the sunlight and protect the resin. How long will Polyblend® foliage provide suitable service? Southern regions of the U.S. such as Florida, Texas and Arizona with the most intense exposure to direct UV rays year-round can expect up to 5 years of color consistency without any brittleness or cracking to the leaves. Solid steel or stiff wire framing provides additional support in other harsh weathering conditions including rain, wind or snow. (Note1)”
If your artificial plants are used outdoors, it is essential for you to buy UV treated artificial plants or Polyblend products rather than untreated ones. If you purchase UV protected products, stay away from extreme weathers. In some bad weathers, such as heavy rain, heavy snow or strong wind, it is recommended that you move artificial plants inside your home. Some extreme temperatures will cause artificial plants to crack and shatter, affecting their service life.
Note1: Taken from Autograph Foliage website