10 Best Faux Plants
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Shopping for The Best Faux Plants
The defining feature of the best faux plants? They don’t look fake. The goal with any indoor plant is to bring life to your spaces, so the last thing anyone wants is an obviously plasticky tree or vine cascading down their bookshelf.
Since plant shopping can now be done from the comforts of your couch and snuggly socks, not to mention behind a screen, how do you know what looks real and what looks, er, not? Leave it to us. We’ve done the digging so you don’t have to.
Coming up, you’ll discover our top 10 picks for the best faux plants out there. A vibrant mix of lush green leaves, exotic florals, and sweet succulents, there’s something for everyone (and every budget) ahead.
10 Best Faux Plants
1. Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree in Starter Pot by Valerie Parr Hill
Lending a large leafy edge to your favorite spaces, this cascading, tall tree makes a big impact on simple home decor. Live Fiddle Leaf Trees can clock in at $200+. While they’re impressively large trees, unless you have a green thumb, their gorgeous green leaves can turn into wilting brown branches pretty quickly.
The obvious game-changer? The Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree. From the Valerie Parr Hill collection, it comes in 4’, 5’, 6’, and 7’ heights, all with a realistic-looking stalk and billowing, romantic leaves this particular kind of tree is loved for.
And here’s why this tree is our top pick for the best faux plants out there: Each size is modeled after a live tree of the same life stage. 4’ trees have fewer branches, while 7’ trees have thicker stalks and more offshoots just like they would in real life.
With a life-like variation of dark and light green leaves, the Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree features a paler underside while the top of the leaves is made with intricate veined detail. Planted in a small weighted round pot, your tree will fit in a range of planters. Cover the base can with pebbles or the filling of your choice for a realistic look.
So who’s the face behind the plant? Valerie Parr Hill, a designer who got her start decorating with gorgeous real-looking wreaths. With a mission to make your home warm and welcoming, her Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree fits in nicely.
Currently on sale, you can get a 4’ tree for $35 (was $58), the 5’ tree for $45 (normally $74), the 6’ tree for $70 (from $116), and the 7’ tree for $110 (normally $184).
- 4 different heights
- Comes in a weighted pot
- Realistic details
- Great for small & large homes
- On sale
2. Faux Potted Pothos by Pottery Barn
Bring the romance of the Pothos plant into your home without the constant upkeep. With soft, almost heart-shaped leaves, this beautiful plant won’t cascade down your bookcase like its live relative will, but it brings the same whimsical charm nonetheless.
Standing 9” high, the Faux Potted Pothos is handcrafted with a wire center and polyester leaves. Planted in a plastic pot with a styrofoam fill, it’s lightweight and easy to move from place to place. Reaching out across 8”, this one is a great pick for small spaces and small budgets. Get it for $20.
- 9” high
- Black pot
3. 22” Artificial Hosta Plant in Basket by Mistana
With large billowing leaves, the Hosta Plant livens up any space. Bringing the look of nature’s artwork into your home, aside from the actual look of the plant itself, our favorite part is the wicker basket stand it comes in.
While the plant measures 22” in height, with the three-legged basket, the entire set rises up to 28” (2 ⅓ feet tall) and stands out beautifully on its own. But even though this one’s a real show-stopper, it plays well when positioned in an assortment of smaller and bigger plants. Get it on sale right now for $104 (normally $125).
- 28” in total height
- Three-legged wicker basket
- On sale
4. Fake Monstera Leaf by CB2
Looking to add just a bit of greenery to your home? The Fake Monstera Leaf from CB2 is just the thing. With its precisely pointed leaves and dark green hue, the Monstera plant can’t help but stand out.
Though it’s just a single leaf, it brings a tropical look to your home and can be placed literally anywhere. Want to lay two across the dinner table for a fancy gathering? How about tucking it in a long, clear vase next to your entryway table? The options are endless. Get one for $13.
- 41” long
- Single-stem leaf
5. Faux Succulents in Low Round Pot by Crate & Barrel
Pop these cute little guys out of the box and they’re ready to go. Succulents are already easy to care for, but Faux Succulents? Even more so. With soft greens and creamy pink colors, these sweet little plants make a big impact on your home’s decor.
Sculpted to look like real, live succulents, they’re secured in a cement pot that brings a simple, rugged touch to your favorite spaces. Enjoy a mix of pointed leaves and rosettes within this arrangement. Measuring 8”x4”, you can get them for $50.
- 8” cement pot
- Soft colors
- Rustic look
- Great for the coffee table
6. Faux Tradescantia Zebrina by The Sill
The Sill is a fun place to shop online for live plants, but it has a great collection of artificial ones too. The Faux Tradescantia Zebrina is wild and leafy like the real thing, sprawling out onto the floor or cascading beautifully over bookcases or hanging planters.
With the option to pick your favorite planter, you’ll choose from two rounded options in black, blush, cream, and mint colors. Measuring 7” in diameter, add the Faux Tradescantia Zebrina to your home for $62.
- Comes with pot
- 4 color choices
- 7” diameter
- Great for hanging baskets & bookshelves
7. 5.5’ Areca Palm by Nearly Natural
One of the more costly options on this list of best faux plants, we couldn’t leave off this wispy tropical stunner. Standing 5 ½’ tall, it’s a great pick to put in front of that one wall in your home you don’t know quite what to do with.
Impressively close to the real thing, it features an array of healthy palm fronds all growing at different life stages. Adding some tropical heat into your indoor spaces, enjoy the fine detail that Nearly Natural is loved for and the life that this long-lasting palm can bring. Get it for $307.
- 5 ½’ tall
- Array of palm shoots
- Tropical vibe
- Floor plant
8. 18” x 15” Artificial Fern Plant by Studio McGee x Target
With the delicate look of a fern, this small bushy plant adds a sweet touch to bookshelves, entryways, and kitchens. It stands about 18” high and features intricate detailing on each and every tiny leaf. Perfectly green, the Artificial Fern Plant adds a calming touch to the home.
Since it’s already potted in an off-white terracotta planter, there’s no need to dig around your garden shed for one that’s not in use. Lending a rustic, hand-made look, overall, this mid-size plant is a real beaut. Add it to your decor list for $25.
- 18” tall x 15” wide
- Intricate detail
- Comes in a terracotta pot
9. Luza Artificial Bird of Paradise Potted Plant by Artiplanto
Ever successfully grown a bird of paradise plant in your home? Unless you live somewhere it’s hot and humid, probably not. But here’s the good news: now you can have one that looks like it’s been flourishing for years, and wait, there’s more — it doesn’t require any special attention.
The Luza Artificial Bird of Paradise Potted Plant is elegant but fierce, with sharp-looking pointed leaves and a unique flower that resembles an exotic bird. With life-like colors of burning orange and sunny yellow, this plant gives warmth to any room. Enjoy it in 4’, 5’, and 6’ heights for $191-$303 (normally $284-$454).
- 4 height options
- Weighted base (no pot)
- Colorful & exotic
- Great for any spot in the home
10. Mixed Greens w/ Wicker Silk Plant by Nearly Natural
Can’t decide what faux plant to go with? Choose a mix. With a delicate, life-like look, the Mixed Greens are made from silk to give them a real texture and feel. Measuring 26” in height, it makes the perfect floor plant or one to go on top of a wooden stool.
Playing with texture and color, this billowing plant blends large, medium, and fern leaves to create an impactful look. Choosing a wicker basket, Nearly Natural offers up a totally natural aesthetic. Grab the mix for $84.
- 3-in-1 mix
- Wicker basket
- 26” tall
- Ideal for the floor
- Made from silk
Why Choose A Faux Plant?
Thinking of getting a faux plant? Even if you have real plants in your home, choosing one that’s not is a smart option for any home. Easy to care for, all you really need to do for your faux plant is clean it from time to time.
Since they’re not natural, you won’t have to worry about what’s toxic and what’s not for your pets and family. Bringing you the feeling of live greenery and flowers without the fuss, there’s no need to water, fertilize, or replant. You’ll also avoid the funeral that comes after you kill your real expensive fiddle leaf tree for the third time in a row.
How Do You Care For Faux Plants?
Faux plants are meant for indoor use only. Even though they’re usually made from some form or other of plastic, you won’t want to leave them outside. Keep in mind that the sun can fade the color of your plants over time. You may want to put them in a spot that doesn’t get direct sunlight.
Since faux plants are hardy and stay looking healthy and vibrant all on their own, you won’t need to water yours, but you will need to clean it every so often. When it comes to cleaning, there are a few different common methods to get the job done. See the section below for details.
How Often Should You Clean Faux Plants?
Like any other object in your home, fake plants will collect dust. To keep them looking their best, it’s a good idea to dust them once per week. Sticking to this schedule means that over time, they’ll be less dusty and difficult to deal with when you deep clean them.
You can deep clean your faux plants as often as you like, but it’s recommended that you do it at least twice per year. How do you do that? There are a few different methods, but the easiest seems to be to take them outside, dust them off, then spray the leaves down gently with a hose.
If you don’t have access to an outdoor area and hose, you can always follow that same method in your shower. That way, dirt and debris are contained and wash easily down the drain.
If you prefer a gentler method, you can always wipe each leaf down by hand. It’s a little more time consuming, but is ideal for picks made with bases that shouldn’t really get saturated with water.
How To Shop For The Best Faux Plants
There are over 390,000 species of plants, and while the faux plant world hasn’t quite got to replicating them all, there’s still a lot to choose from. So how do you go about picking the one that’s right for your home? Read on to consider these key points.
When there are so many great brands out there, who do you go with? Sometimes it’s about familiarity and brand reputation, but sometimes, it’s about the products themselves. What does the brand you’re interested in offer? If it doesn’t have exactly what you want, move on.
In addition to product selection from a brand, think about the actual company itself. Do you connect with its mission and values? Choosing a brand you trust is a great way to be happy with your purchase.
This may be the hardest point to consider. Should you go with the fiddle leaf tree or the hosta plant? Different plants, of course, have different looks and come in different sizes. Some are leafiest than others, and well, some are trees and some are small vines.
Identifying the type of faux plant you want has much to do with where you’re putting it. Have an empty corner? A larger tree is the perfect pick. Want something for your coffee table? Decorative succulents work great.
The size of the faux plant you choose also has a lot to do with where you’re putting it, but it also has to do with the size of your home and your personal preference. A 4’ tree would fit a corner space just as well as a 7’ tree would, but the overall impression each of them gives is much different.
With medium-sized plants, you’ll have greater flexibility as to where you can put them, but many of them don’t work well on the floor. Consider where your new faux plant will go, if you have a stand to put it on, and then make your decision. You may end up leaving with a bigger plant that you knew you needed.
Not all of the best faux plants come with pots, but some of them do. If you want yours to be ready to go right out of the box, then choose one that comes with a pot you love. If you already have a pot at home, then be sure to keep an eye out for plants that come attached to weighted bases instead.
Interested in buying one of the best faux plants that comes with a pot? Consider what style of pot works with your home. Cement may not be the look you’re going for, but wicker may not be either. Choose one that works with your home’s aesthetic.
If there’s one thing this list of best faux plants proved, it’s that you can find some really realistic faux plants for affordable prices. Larger plants can often cost more than smaller ones, but really, this depends on the brand you buy from.
Think about what you’re willing to pay for a faux plant, how many you need, and then go from there. Even though it will last a lifetime, you want your new plant to fit your budget.
If you happen to fall in love with a more expensive pick, keep an eye out for payment plans. Some companies will split your payments up into 3-5 installments so you can get the faux plant you love without going over budget.
Real plants are great, but they’re not for all of us. Whether you’ve regretfully killed a few in your day or want to avoid the whole devastating process, buying a faux plant is an easy way to get your daily dose of greenery.
We hope that since you’ve reached the end of this list of best faux plants, you’re leaving with one (or a few) options in mind.
How We Chose the Best Faux Plants
Before choosing any brand, we scour the web and all the biggest e-tailers to ensure we know all the available options on the market. We look at customer reviews, star ratings, brand ethos, processes, materials, accessibility, and so much more. We weigh the pros and cons, so you don’t have to, helping you make informed shopping decisions.
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