Today we’re talkin’ PLANTS! Now, I am someone who loves a little (er, a lot) of greenery in the home, but unfortunately I have the farthest thing from a green thumb. I even kill succulents. I am also fully aware that if I perhaps dedicated a bit more time to learning how to correctly care for plants (when to water vs. when not to water, etc.) then maybe I wouldn’t have such a hard time. But, ain’t nobody got time for that.
So instead, I fake it till I make it. One problem with artificial greenery is that it has potential to look really… well, fake (obviously). In our never-ending quest for authenticity, that’s not gonna fly. But there are also a lot of pros that come with bringing artificial plants into your home. First of all, they never die (again with the obviousness but it had to be said). You might have to dust them off from time to time, but other than that they’re incredibly low maintenance. No watering, no soil, no killing. And since they never die, or start to die, they always look their best – and they don’t attract bugs. Also, they don’t need a source of sunlight, which is especially fortunate for those dark corners and windowless apartment bathrooms.
Now I have heard that there are health benefits associated with keeping real plants in your home (reduced CO2, dust, bacteria, mold, etc.) but for now artificial is what works best for me. Although the up-front price for an artificial plant or stem is typically a bit higher than if you bought the real thing, it will of course last longer and be a better long-term investment.
Now for the fun part – finding fake greenery that doesn’t actually look fake! At the end of the day, the easiest way to tell is… well, just look at it. Does it look fake? No? Great! Buy that sucker and keep it forever. But we all know the easiest way to buy products these days is telling your Alexa what you want to order while riding around on your Roomba logging your calories for the day on your Apple Watch and receiving a package via Amazon Prime drone outside your window the next day. Actually, the first step is your FBI agent hears your thoughts and promotes said product on your Instagram feed.
In all seriousness, though, ordering greenery online is always tricky. It’s usually helpful to read the reviews and see what other people think, and even more helpful when they include (up close) photos. (Let’s face it, most fake plants look fine from far away.)
I’ve reviewed a few of the fake stems and plants I have so that if all else fails, you can just trust my judgment!
Supla Artificial Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Leaf Spray
Amazon.com – $12.99
I am currently very into eucalyptus (if you can’t tell from all my posts). This stem from Amazon comes in a 3 pack and is pretty convincing realness-wise. In the detailed photos you can tell that the leaves are fake, but from far away I think this is a pretty good (and VERY inexpensive) alternative for the real thing. The stems are also very easy to bend into whatever shape you’d like your arrangement to take. When you first receive the stems from Amazon, you’ll have to do a little fluffing to make the stems look full and real, but it’s totally worth it in my opinion.
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Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Faux Eucalyptus Stem
Target – $9.99
Hearth & Hand has done it again! This stem is another great deal for a low price (and yes, I told you I’m very into eucalyptus right now). I love the shape of these stems and they’re super realistic from afar. Up close (similar to the previous eucalyptus product) you can definitely see that the leaves are fake, but I think the overall shape does a good job of being a convincing dupe. You only get one stem for $9.99 so you get a little less bang for your buck than the last product, but I think it’s worth it. I only use two stems to fill the vase in our bedroom.
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Lambs Ear Stem
Magnolia – $4.90
My lambs ear stems are actually from Magnolia, but sadly have been discontinued (along with the pictured vase). I’ve found a similar style on Pier1 that I have actually seen in store and it looks pretttttty dang similar. Anyway, lambs ear is a cute little stem and it actually looks pretty realistic. I typically can’t tell what’s real and what’s not when it comes to lambs ear without touching it. So, definitely recommend if you’re going for a light, soft, airy look for your arrangement. I use 3 lambs ear stems in the vase on my dining room table.
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Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Faux Cedar Stem
Target – $4.99
In this case, I hate to break it to ya but you get what you pay for. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) this stem is no longer available, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it anyway. Hearth & Hand missed the mark here for sure because this stem looks VERY cheap. You can tell from a distance that it’s plastic, it’s not bendable, and it just isn’t great. Having undying faith in Hearth & Hand, I purchased this stem online without seeing it first and was pretty disappointed when I received it. But, because we’re balling on a budget here no matter the cost, I decided to stick it out for winter and use it as part of my shelf bookcase styling. Don’t think this little guy will be making a comeback next year, though!
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Magnolia – $8.40
And, here we have another sold out Magnolia stem, so instead I’ve linked to a similar stem that I would replace it with if necessary below. I like this stem because, similar to the lambs ear from Magnolia, it’s very realistic. You can also use just one stem in an arrangement and it doesn’t look incomplete or barren (in the photos above that is just one stem, although I initially ordered 3 but ended up separating them). One thing I don’t like about this stem though is I feel like the leaves never fully opened up once I took it out of the packaging. Unlike the lambs ear, these leaves seem crunched up and folded despite the fact that they’ve been unpackaged for about 6 months. Guess it’s not too sad that it’s sold out after all!
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I hope you found this helpful on your journey to fill your home with beautiful greenery. If you’re not someone who kills plants just by looking at them and has the capability to keep living creatures alive, congratulations and I commend you! But I am not like you. If you’re someone who is looking to go the easy way out (faux for days!) then I definitely recommend you do the proper research before purchasing fake plants or stems because, as you’ve seen above, it can go wrong!
As I mentioned, the most fool-proof way to find a stem or plant that works for you is to check it out in person, but if that’s not possible sometimes you just gotta take a chance to get the green.
Where do you purchase your favorite (and most realistic) artificial greenery? Leave a comment below to share your success stories!