FAQs about Artificial Plants

FAQs about Artificial Plants by Pacific Silkscapes

FAQs about artificial plants address the most common questions about fake plants.  Our crew updates and adds to this list to assist you in finding the ideal artificial plant for your home or office.   Before you go out searching for an artificial tree, review this list of FAQs. For more information on artificial plants, visit our resources page.  Visit our Pacific Silkscapes Pinterest page for more ideas.  We will custom-build almost anything you find on our Pinterest boards.  Call us with your questions.

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What do I need to purchase my perfect artificial tree?

Choose the type of tree you want when buying an artificial tree, such as a topiary, a tropical tree, a ficus tree, and so on.  Check out Pacific Silkscapes’ product listing for suggestions.  Determine the height of the tree you’re looking for by measuring the ceiling height. Finally, determine the width of the tree by measuring the lateral space available.

For instance, if you have 10 ft ceilings, a 6 ft tree would be too short, whereas an 8 ft tree would look perfect. Make sure the tree is wide enough and not too wide to fit in your space.  Decide on what  planter style you like and what colors work for your décor.

What are the benefits of high quality artificial plants?

Are Artificial Plants Still in Style?

Since the early days of silk plants, technology has grown leaps and bounds in plant production. Often, molds made from natural plants are the starting point for creating today’s realistic-looking plants.  These new artificial plants are in style.

Another reason fake plants tend to look so real is that today’s most popular plants seem to actually look fake. Take succulents, for example. The real ones even look like they are made of plastic.  Therefore, to find the best artificial plants, look for ones inspired by plants that actually look fake themselves.

Some of our favorite plants to emulate are aloe, fiddle leaf figs, air plants, snake plants, banana trees and birds of paradise. To help you choose the best options, pull up photos of the real plant to compare the look.

How do I know what size planter I need for my new artificial tree?

Decorative planters must be able to securely retain the silk trees without tipping over.  A larger planter works well as a foundation for the plant.
Smaller decorative planters look crowded and can detract from the realistic appearance of your silk plant.  Trees that are planted in a planter that is too small can become unstable.

Using an oversized decorative planter is never a bad idea as it looks much more proportionate and convincing of it being a real plant. Oversized planters provide a secure base for the silk plant or tree which will allow you to enjoy its beauty for years.

General guidelines for common plants and trees is shown below:

TREE/PLANT LENGTH (feet) PLANTER DIAMETER (inches)
3 to 4 feet use 12 inches
4 to 5 feet use 13 to 14 inches
6 to 7 feet use 15 to 16 inches
8 to 10 feet use 16 to 20 inches
10 to 12 feet use 24 inches

If you need further assistance, Pacific Silkscapes will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Can you put fake plants outside?

Yes, you can definitely use artificial plants and trees outside.  Not all fake plants and trees, however, are suitable for outdoor use. The material used to make outdoor artificial plants and trees is UV resistant by nature.  When exposed to direct sunshine, this substance keeps the foliage from losing its color.

Pacific Silkscapes carries these outdoor products.  UV infused artificial plants are made with a special Poly-Blend® material that has the UV protection built right into the material of the plants, flowers, or trees. 

Poly-Blend® trees are, by far, the most durable and will last you the longest time without fading or becoming brittle from harsh UV rays.  Expect 5 – 10 years* of use in some of the harshest climates.

Pacific Silkscapes can also apply UV-resistant spray to make them fade-resistant.  Our UV-treated plants get sprayed with a UV coating before leaving our warehouse. This treatment lasts 1.5 years or more* depending on the intensity of direct sunlight.

PolyBlend® is a registered trademark of Autograph Foliages.

How do I clean an artificial plant?

In this FAQ about artificial plants, we give our recommendation on how to clean artificial plants.  Artificial plants and silk leaves are cleaned with a mild detergent diluted 2 to 1 with water after dusting using a standard feather duster. For larger floral arrangements wipe down the arrangement flower by flower and then rinse it carefully using plain water. This process will restore the original look of the design.  Design Masters’ aerosol silk flower cleaner is a preferred cleaner that we use at Pacific Silkscapes.  Check out Pacific Silkscapes BLOG for more information.

Are silk flowers really made of silk?

No, today’s artificial flowers use new manufacturing technology. Today’s technology uses polyurethane foam instead of plastic or silk to offer a more natural look and feel, which sometimes can be mistaken as a real flower. During the manufacturing process, a mixture of polyether and polyurethane compose a lightweight foam. This is poured into the molds to form the artificial flowers’ components.

Various colors are injected directly into the foam. The colors are additionally sprayed onto the surfaces and heated to cure the desired colors permanently.

Over a decade, this new methodology has been adopted by various manufacturers to create a wide range of flower designs. Today, polyurethane flowers are referred to as “real touch”, “soft touch” and “natural stem” flowers.

Visit Pacific Silkscapes to see the quality of today’s newest silk flowers.

What is the most popular artificial tree in the US?

For over 30 years, Pacific Silkscapes has been serving interior designers. We have experience in knowing what the demand for different trees is.  Our most popular artificial tree has been the artificial fiddle leaf fig tree.  Fiddle Leaf fig trees are very popular in all venues. These include residential properties, model homes, sales offices, and hospitality suites.  In 2022, olive trees are also making a comeback.

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