Artificial plants and flowers - often referred to as 'silks' - are now as popular as ever with individuals and companies wanting realistic eye-catching natural displays that require very little maintenance yet remain looking in their prime all year round.
As well as adding a splash of colour to places where sunlight is limited and live plants would perish, fake plants are a clean and low-maintenance alternative to living foliage.
Regardless of whether you're looking for something in a glass vase, a tree or simply a loose stem, with a choice of gorgeous coloured silk flowers, printed leaves and in several cases, real wooden stems, our range of high quality flowering plants are so lifelike that observers would be hard-pressed to distinguish them from their real counterparts.
For a small plant, the Artificial Rubber Tree 87cm (2ft), Green punches above its weight when it comes to looks and realism.
The broad shiny oval leaves on the Artificial Rubber Tree 87cm (2ft), Green are so well constructed they give the impression they are thicker than they really are, and with five real sectioned wooden stems and a number of pointed red new leaf sheathes atop the stems this little shrub really is ideal for any internal setting.
To keep the shrub upright the Artificial Rubber Tree 87cm (2ft), Green is cemented into a soft plastic tub which ideally should be placed into a planter or more decorative pot to really accentuate the look of the tree. (Click here to see our diverse range of classic and modern pots and planters.)
Care and Maintenance
As with any other natural silk product it is perfectly normal for a small degree of fading to occur over time. We therefore recommend that to get the best out of your false plant or flower and to keep it looking at its best for many years it should be set up in a space away from exposure to continuous sunlight.
To help keep your faux flowers looking vibrant and in peak condition it is a good idea to clean them about once a month as dust and dirt can settle in the small crevices and will dull down the look of your silk.
Although some people suggest soapy water for cleaning fake leaves and petals we find that doing so accelerates fading and affects the rigidity of the leaves which could make them lose their shape or disintegrate.
Therefore we recommend you simply take a cheap clean paintbrush with soft bristles and dust each leaf, petal and flower head, ideally from the centre of the plant outwards. (Whenever possible we also suggest you clean your flowers outdoors as the build-up of dirt may be greater than you realise!)
Silk plants are designed for indoor use but with careful and sensible handling they can be used for limited periods of time outdoors too (although sunlight as well as wet or cold weather conditions will have a detrimental effect on them over time).
If you are looking for false outdoor plants then the Boxwood topiary range is ideal as the shaped leaves are moulded from plastic and are designed to withstand the elements. (Click here to see our full range of artificial topiary.)