Artificial plants have become really popular nowadays due to being a low maintenance and long-lasting option for greenery. They’ve been particularly popular in home decorating, where a rise in indoor greenery as a trend has got people searching for easy care plants around the house.
However, more and more people are realizing that artificial plants are a fantastic alternative for outdoor greenery too. Artificial plants are evergreen and require very little maintenance. No pruning, watering, fertilization, or pest control required!
But do fake plants last outside? Well, if you’re looking to incorporate artificial plants in your outdoor garden, the answer is: yes, they do! That being said, the longevity and durability of an artificial plant depend on a different number of factors, including the plant’s quality, exposure to sunlight, and the weather conditions surrounding it.
Learn more about what makes outdoor plants last outside, and what you can do to make them more durable.
Different Types Of Outdoor Artificial Plants
There are three main types of artificial plants that are suitable to be placed outdoors, namely plants that are weather-resistant, UV infused, and UV resistant. These three types of artificial plants are treated so that they can withstand life outside the comforts of an indoor space to call home.
Weather-resistant plants are plants that are made to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, such as rain, wind, and snow. However, they aren’t necessarily protected from UV rays, which makes them susceptible to sun damage. This can lead to dry, brittle leaves, and also color fading. You can increase the life span of these plants by spraying them with UV protectant before placing them outdoors.
Another type of artificial plant is the UV infused type. These artificial plants are treated with a coating of UV protectant so they arrive at your doorstep ready to be displayed outdoors. Bear in mind you still need to re-spray these plants with a UV protectant spray every 6 months, to ensure that the plant is protected from sun damage in the long term.
The third type of outdoor artificial plant is UV resistant artificial plants, which are made of a special material that has UV protection built into it! This means that the entire plant is formulated to withstand sun damage, which significantly increases its durability. This is a great option if you want a plant that won’t need replacing for a long, long time. They’re often labeled as UV resistant, so make sure to do your research to find out if the UV protection is built into the plant.
What Are The Factors You Need To Consider?
One of the main things for you to consider with placing your artificial plant outdoors is: where exactly will you place it? The location of a plant is an incredibly important factor impacting its durability, so think carefully about where your plant will spend most of its lifetime.
The main thing to look out for is sun exposure. Where possible, avoid placing your plant in direct sunlight, even if they are formulated to withstand sun damage. Although UV resistant and UV infused plants are both protected from UV damage, you can increase the plant’s life span that much more if you place it in a location outside from direct sunlight.
Apart from that, avoid placing your plants in a location that is completely exposed to harsh weather conditions. This can mean high winds, dry climate, heavy snow, hail, or rain. Weather-resistant plants are crafted to withstand some harsh weather conditions, but constant exposure to really extreme weather can significantly reduce the lifespan of your artificial plants.
If you still want to place your plants in locations subjected to direct sunlight and extreme weather conditions, you can move the plants around so they’re not subjected to these conditions all the time.
Can you also leave silk flowers outside?
A garden full of flowers looks amazing, but unfortunately, a lot of flowers don’t do well in cooler weather. Silk flowers are a great option if you’re looking to have a floral garden that blooms all year round! They are also hypoallergenic, meaning that you won’t have to deal with pollen and hay fever, and still have a gorgeous garden that you can enjoy in any season.
First of all, it’s important to note that silk flowers aren’t necessarily made of silk. In most instances, these flowers are actually made of a polyester silk fabric. They’re often very realistic, and can very effectively mimic real flowers. They’re also easy to clean and care for.
While they’ve been used indoors for decades now, some savvy gardeners have figured out that these low-maintenance flowers look amazing outdoors too. Make sure your silk flowers last a long time outdoors by cleaning and dusting them often.
You should also spray a UV protectant spray every 6 months or so, as this will minimize any sun damage. Of course, the same tips apply as for other artificial plants in terms of location – somewhere with at least partial shade and protected from harsh weather conditions is ideal!
It’s clear to see that artificial plants and flowers can do really well and last a long time outdoors. The key thing is to purchase plants and flowers that are made to withstand the conditions outside.
UV protection is the most important thing you can incorporate into your fake plant care, so if you’ve got that nailed down, you’re well on your way to increasing the lifespan of your artificial plant. With very little effort, you can have a stunning artificial outdoor garden that will look great for a long time!