Have Artificial Plants Gone Out of Style?
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Updated on 21st Nov 2017 by Planters Artificial
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Why Artificial Plant Industry is Here to Stay?

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Gradual Evolution and Lasting Appeal

Are you worried that your artificial landscape from 1982 might be seen as tired or out of date? Maybe just the words “artificial plants” sends your mind reeling with images of terrible looking dusty dollar-store carnations. In the early days of artificial plants, these were mostly used in offices and homes, and most of them didn’t look good. Some of the older artificial plants were even made from tissue paper, and we not at all durable or lasting. In fact, many of them were traps for dust and allergens, essentially worsening their environments. Early artificial plants couldn’t be cleaned with solvents as many of them were made with dyes that simply washed off. 

In this article, you will see some of the ways in which artificial trees and artificial landscapes have endured the test of time as well as some new improvements that can add or replace your current design. The evolution of artificial plant walls has been tremendously useful in the fields of architecture and interior design.
Outdoor Preserved Palm Tree

Gone are the days where a consumer could spot a fake arfrom a mile away. New advances in technology have made artificial trees virtually indistinguishable from their alive counterparts. Ten years ago, the field of artificial plants and greenery was one of limited materials and little opportunity for growth. At best, artificial plants were seen as tacky, and certainly no respectable business would want to fill their office with the cheap looking models of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Yet times have changed.  

Times change whether we want them to or not, and the reality of this ever-growing world is that now, artificial has become the new real. Businesses across the globe have come to understand the importance of atmosphere, without the need to destroy a tree, or harm the environment. Artificial plants are lower maintenance, one-time investments. Whereas live trees require constant upkeep and can be prone to mold, rot, and can harbor bugs and other pests. Best of all, artificial plant walls can be customized to include each company’s logo or trademark to add a high-end office flair which gives that Wow factor, the moment a new client walks through the door. After all, top paying clients want to know that they’re working with someone conscious of the importance of image: nothing says high-end luxury better than a perfectly tailored intricately designed artificial plant wall

Big Business Means Larger Expectations

Now more than ever, consumers hold the companies they patronize to high standards of conduct. Those that play in the corporate big leagues are expected to be innovators and leaders. The most successful companies, like Google, understand that their conduct is under a microscope with regard to their treatment of the environment. By using artificial trees, you join ranks with the humanitarian effort to save the environment because artificial plants protect the earth. If you don’t believe that artificial trees are here to stay, take a look at the number of artificial Christmas trees both produced and sold in the US every year. The numbers are staggering. According to the New York Times, around 50 million faux Christmas trees grace living rooms every year… and the numbers are only rising (Rudolf, 2010). 

Artificial Plants Landscape

While alive trees can be recycled, artificial plants never need to be recycled! Additionally, artificial trees can still act as a habitat for wild life like birds and other small creatures. 

Global Economy Means Global Standards

Now that we live in a global economy, expectations are higher. Consumers expect companies to hold futuristic world-views and to be both innovators and leaders. Big businesses are interested in aesthetics, but also would like investment security. The best part about artificial trees and plant walls is that they are customizable and can be changed to reflect the internal growth of each company. Designs are often modular and can be taken down and re-made with great ease. Best of all, artificial plants are generally made from silk and other materials that won’t harm the environment. Plus, if you ever decide that your artificial tree no longer works for your needs, it too can be broken down and recycled. Plus, without the need for leaf blowers, pruning, and watering, you’ll save money on your overall labor cost. In a nutshell, the artificial plant walls of 2017 are win-win investments. 

Space Concerns

Artificial Plant Wall at Pret To Go

Another reason artificial plants are here to stay is because they are so practical. Most businesses want to conserve space, and because tree walls are vertical, they are great space savers. Better yet, they don’t harm or compromise the building’s structural integrity. Because time is money, artificial plant walls can typically be installed in just a few hours. Artificial plants offer all of this, while giving business space a sense of luxury that high-end customers expect. With artificial plant walls, you can even go so far as to use them to make new additions to your space stand out, because virtually all of the designs are eye-catching. 

Out with the Old

The old style of landscaping is dead and gone. New landscapers are design artists tasked with creating ambient spaces that flow well. The superior products used in 2017 afford virtually endless opportunities for design innovation, which is why artificial plants are here to stay. The artificial trees of 2017 provide the perfect backdrop to showcase your unique product or location. 


Artificial plants are a great investment for both individuals and businesses. The fake plants of yesteryear have been replaced by remarkable craftsmanship and innovations in technology. Thus, the artificial plants of 2017 are here to stay, and will most definitely withstand the test of time. Not only are artificial plants cheaper to maintain than their live counterparts, but they look better and cost less over time. You won’t need to spend money on labor costs, and you’ll never need to worry about your artificial plant dying from dehydration, rot, or mold. Artificial plants, indeed, are here to stay. 
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