FAQ's about Artificial Plants
This FAQ page is maintained by Pacific Silkscapes to address the most frequently asked questions (FAQs concerning fake plants) from our clients. Our crew continually updates and adds to this list in order to assist you in finding the ideal artificial plant for your home or office.
Before you go out searching for that perfect tree, go over this list of Artificial Plants FAQs to see what information you’ll need. 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.
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 on what appeals to you the most. 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.
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.
A little decorative planter looks crowded and can detract from the realistic appearance of your silk plant. A tree that is 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.
A general guideline 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.
If you are not able to find your favorite plants made for the outdoors, then Pacific Silkscapes can apply UV resistant spray to make them fade resistant. Our UV treated plants are ones that have been sprayed with a UV coating prior to leaving our warehouse. They are treated to last generally 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?
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?
Pacific Silkscapes has been serving interior designers in Northern California for over 30 years, so we have the experience in knowing what the demand for different trees are. The most popular artificial tree sold from 2015 through 2020 has been the artificial fiddle leaf fig tree. Fiddle Leaf fig trees are very popular in residential properties as well as model homes, sales offices and hospitality suites.