Find the best indoor greenery—zero upkeep required. 

By Stephanie Harris
July 02, 2018
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Let’s face it: Some of us just don’t have a green thumb—or maybe your place is lacking the optimal light for indoor greenery to thrive. We asked the pros to share their best tips for finding the right fake plant that will fool even the most discerning eye.

Pay Attention to the Stem

“The best quality items will have most realistic stems,” says Gaby Zone, Senior Buyer at Terrain. “The stems are usually a dead giveaway into the quality: Do they just look like green plastic? Do the leaves look over- or undersized? Then it is most likely not a great quality stem.”

Embrace Imperfection

“Faux that has buds or not fully blossomed flowers helps add to the realism of the stem, as it's showing the stem at a point in its life cycle, rather than just looking perfect," says Zone. 

Keep It Natural

Both Kelly Billingsley, vice president of NDI, and Zone agree that the best fake plant manufacturers will not offer plants in imaginary colors. “You will not find any ‘blue magnolias’ in our garden basket,” says Billingsley.   

Add Variety

When putting together a bouquet of faux stems, Zone likes to mix and match different textures and styles. “I especially like to select a mixture of items that you wouldn’t usually find in faux form, like moss branches or thistle, to help make the more typical variety seen in faux flowers look more real.”

Keep Seasonality In Mind

“Change your faux floral designs out seasonally to keep things looking fresh,” suggests Billingsley. Zone adds that a top-notch faux stem will have leaves that have been digitally printed to look like they are beginning to bloom or beginning to wilt.

Consider Placement

“Do not place faux florals, plants, or trees in a space where you wouldn’t display the real thing,” warns Billingsley. Use faux succulents in spots that don’t see a lot of sunlight, suggests Zone. Consider them in a bathroom or dark bedroom.

Our Favorite Faux Plant Finds:

Large Faux Succulent Rosette

Trim the stem for a shallow vessel or leave it long for stability in a deeper pot. The waxiness of this faux succulent rosette makes it seem like the real thing!

To buy: $11; amazon.com.

Potted Artificial Jade Plant

Over a foot tall, this pre-potted option would be the perfect no-maintenance desk accessory.

To buy: $50; crateandbarrel.com.

Faux Monstera Leaves

These faux monstera stems can be bent to mimic the droopiness of the real thing.

To buy: $13; cb2.com.

Faux Agave Plant

This hefty agave plant would make a great addition to an entryway. 

To buy: $70; amazon.com.

Faux Potted Aloe Plant

The moss-covered stem makes this faux aloe plant look like the real deal. Just don’t try to use it to soothe a sunburn!

To buy: $78; shopterrain.com.

Artificial Massangeana Plant

A larger faux plant like this can help fill a bare corner in a large room. From afar, no one will ever know it’s a fake.

To buy: $130; pier1.com

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