There was a time when fake plants couldn’t compete with real plants. For one, they looked fake, and cheap. Using real plants in interior design was a popular trend and fake plants didn’t stand a chance.

The history of fake plants goes all the way back to the 19th century with the traditional Christmas tree. Many families chose artificial trees over the real kind for reasons such as allergies, cost savings through reusability, avoiding bugs that usually attach themselves to the real trees, and reducing mess from falling branches and leaves.

Over time, with technological and design advancements, fake plants have improved in appearance and texture, and are often mistaken for real plants. Artificial plants have their own benefits. Here are a few:

Artificial plants and trees save you time

Artificial plants available in the market today stand out for their stylish and lifelike appearance. They are perfect for busy time-constrained professionals and families as they can last longer than real plants without needing watering or care. They also look good throughout the year without being affected by seasons or geography – think of the exotic flowers and plants you can have in your home.

When you buy a real banana tree from a nursery, you have to move it into a pot and water it periodically. You will need to ensure that the plant gets enough sunlight, but not too much; you will also be required to use fertiliser. Overwatering can kill the plant, so will common pests such as spider mites that love this plant. Now try to fit all of this care and maintenance into your daily schedule. For many people, this isn’t a good use of their time.

A fake banana tree, on the other hand, doesn’t need any care, and the owner doesn’t have to worry about the tree outgrowing the indoor space.

Fake plants make good pet friends

Homes with pets should invest in artificial plants. Cats and dogs are less likely to take a bite out of a plastic plant, knock it over and spill dirt and water everywhere, or even destroy it. Additionally, the pet owner needn’t worry about the plants making the pets sick after a nibble. Artificial plants from Designer Plants are free from nasty chemicals, so your pet and your new plant can live happily ever after.

Of course, if your pet chooses the plant as its privy, a simple cleaning is more than sufficient.

Fake is the new reality

Fake is becoming the new norm for many people. The benefits of not having to worry about nurturing, watering or maintaining plants are real advantages for busy people. Most importantly, they still get to enjoy the beauty and variety of artificial plants that look like the real thing.

Image: The only real plant featured here is the plant in the second column, bottom row (yucca with terracotta pot)