10 Benefits of Combining Artificial Plants with Living Plants
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Updated on 21st Aug 2017 by Planters Artificial
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Combining Living and Artificial Plants

Whether you are landscaping the exterior of your business or want to add the beauty of plants to the interior, choosing between live and artificial plants can seem like a challenge. Often, people assume it has to be one or the other when that actually isn’t the case.

Artificial Plants by Planters ArtificialIn this article, you will learn:
  • Artificial plants are cost effective as they do not require regular watering or high maintenance. They do not wilt and can withstand harsher conditions as compared to living plants. Hence, combining them with living plants can reduce cost and increase the overall durability of your landscape.
  • They can be relocated with ease, unlike living plants. Also, once relocated you do not have to worry about its adaption to the new location.
  • Seasonal displays are easily achievable with artificial plants without having to sacrifice any living plants. One can also attain a look involving non-native and hard to maintain flora with artificial plants.
  • Artificial plants are a great alternative for people who are allergic to certain living plants. They can use the artificial version of a plant they would like to include in their landscape.
  • Planters Artificial offers a wide range of artificial plants to choose from. They look extremely realistic, leaving one amazed.
Bringing artificial plants together with living ones can provide you with the best of both worlds, lowering the cost of maintaining the displays while providing the benefits of live plants. To help you see why it is an excellent option, here are 10 benefits of combining artificial plants with live plants.

1. Less Maintenance

While combining artificial plants with live foliage doesn’t eliminate maintenance entirely, it can significantly trim down the time and cost associated with keeping the displays up to par. Since artificial plants don’t grow or wilt, only live plants have to be trimmed or tended to if you want to keep them looking their best.

The reduction in the maintenance requirement is proportional to the number of artificial plants you have in comparison to live versions. So, you can lower the amount of upkeep necessary by favouring artificials in your displays.

Artificial plants aren’t entirely maintenance free, as they may need to be cleaned to remove dust from time to time, but the amount of effort required is significantly lower than their live counterparts.

2. Smaller Water Bills

Just as artificial plants don’t grow or wilt, they don’t need watering either. This means you can have a lush, full display without adding on to your utility costs.

Live plants must be watered on a regular basis, though the amount required varies depending on the species. You can keep these costs low by selecting live plants that favour drier conditions, making the final price even less than before.

3. Always Available

Since artificial plants are artificial reproductions, they are available all year round. You don’t have to wait for a particular species to come into season to find it on the consumer market. This can be ideal when you are creating a new display and have a specific look in mind, as sourcing the right species of artificial plant isn’t dependent on the season.

Native live plants may also be highly available, making them a strong choice for exterior landscaping or interior displays. However, most plants are easier obtain during peak growing times of the year, so you may need to plan accordingly.

4. No Seasonality

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As mentioned before, artificial plants don’t grow or wilt. This also means they aren’t affected by changes in season, making them ideal options for flowering plants whose petals would fall after the blooming season. That way, you can enjoy the colour and vibrancy associated with flowering artificial plants throughout the year.

Live plants will be affected by the season and blooming cycles. This means choosing live species that don’t flower and remain green all year round is often the best option when combining artificial plants with live species.

5. Durability

A artificial plant can often withstand harsher conditions than live versions. They can be handled more frequently without being damaged, and flowers won’t lose petals due to accidental contact. Artificial plants can be a great choice for high traffic areas that may result in incidental contact.

Certain live plants are also fairly durable, though you do have to pick the right species.

6. Rearrange with Ease

Since artificial plants don’t grow or require water, that also means they don’t have to be planted in traditional soil. Additionally, they won’t be “shocked” by being relocated, unlike live plants.

Often, artificial plants are supported by materials like foam, making them easy to rearrange whenever the need arises. All you need to do is pick the artificial plant up along with its supporting base. Then, choose a new location and set it in a suitable sturdy container or another framework. However, it's best to seek professional help to rearrange so that you don't damage the structure.

Live plants can also be transplanted, though the process can be traumatic for the plant. Often, it is wise to choose permanent locations for live plants and adjust various artificial plants throughout the space to change the look of a display.

7. Add Exotic or Hard to Maintain Flora

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Sometimes, you have a particular look in mind when you create a display, and this may include exotic plant species that aren’t native to the area or specifically designed for the condition. Artificial plants are an excellent way to add non-native or hard to maintain species since they don’t come with the drawbacks associated with keeping a live version alive.

This allows you to use a largely live plant display, selected based on the area’s climate, and punctuate it with more exotic and enticing artificial plants for visual interest.

8. Seasonal Displays

Many businesses like to update their displays based on the season or for upcoming holidays. Using artificial plants allows you to easily switch out certain species to reflect seasonal changes without having to sacrifice any live plants.

Simply select artificial plants for each occasion, and rotate them in or out of the display when the time is right. The artificial that aren’t in use can be placed in storage, allowing them to be reused when their ideal season or holiday returns.

9. Health Benefits

By choosing a combined approach, you can also get the optimal health benefits from both live and artificial plants. For example, live plants are known for improving air quality, making them excellent additions to indoor office spaces. However, live flowering plants may trigger allergic reactions in some, making them less than ideal for enclosed spaces.

By using a combination of low-allergen live plants and artificial plants for those that flower or many adversely affect some individuals, you can get the air cleaning benefits without the allergens, but you’ll still get the full beauty of flowering plants.

10. Superior Craftsmanship

Reputable artificial plant creators, like the professionals at Planters Artificial, have years of experience creating botanically accurate artificial plants. This means they will blend in seamlessly with live species, and most people won’t be aware that they aren’t live as well.

Choosing life like alternatives to real plants gives you the best of both worlds when creating combined displays, ensuring you get the beauty and realism you crave without as much maintenance.
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