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Top Of The Best Artificial Plants Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – RUOPEI 5.9ft Artificial Bamboo Tree, 1105L Decorative Fake Plant Arrangement in Plastic Pot for Home or Office Greenery Decor
№2 – Crt Gucy 2pcs Artificial Plants Epipremnum Aureus Leaves Silk Grass Fake Plants Bridal For Home Office Party Hotel Wedding Mini Pot Outdoor Décor
№3 – Artificial Hanging Vine Artfen Fake Hanging Vine String Plant Artificial Flower Home Garden Wall Decoration 32 inches Green
The main benefit of owning an artificial tree is that it improves the look and feel of whatever space the tree is placed in. Also, other benefits come from not having to feed, water, and the maintenance to keep a live tree trimmed and looking at it’s best. There is also the huge saving that comes from not having to replace trees when they die. You can achieve the perfect look you desire and maintain the fresh feel with minimal effort.
Artificial plants are meant to be a replacement to live plants. They require little time and energy to keep them looking healthy. Also as with our artificial trees, our artificial plants can be found made from various materials such as silk and plastic. They also have wire running through them so that they can be adjusted and manipulated if need be.
Artificial Tree & Plant Arrangements
Many of our products available in our shop are tree, plant and flower arrangements specifically chosen with our high quality fibreglass plant pot range to give you the complete solution. Of course, there is also an option to have a custom-made arrangement which can extend well past what can be expected from our collections of artificial tree and plant arrangements.
Few things make a living space look more vibrant and alive than do plants and trees. Whether it be an exterior space or interior area of the home, plants and trees bring things to life. Many people feel that just the sight of plants makes them feel happier. To get that good feeling, without having to deal with all the maintenance for live plants and trees, we have a large variety of artificial alternatives to choose from. With so many different types of artificial plants and trees available, you can find the perfect mix for any home or office.
Now the fish…
Every onlooker loved the look of this tank and at first I was going to go down the subconscious route of fake plants, ‘fake fish’ like goldfish, or brightly coloured livebearers like golden Sailfin mollies. Dean advised against it though, as to fully complement such an aquascape and continue the illusion of naturalness he advised a large, single species shoal such as Rummynose tetras, Cardinal tetras or Boeseman’s rainbowfish.
After a trip to our local aquatic store we settled for Emperor tetras and are really pleased with the result. A high number of individuals will always look visually more effective than a menagerie of different species and colours.
Framing the masterpiece
Don’t underestimate the power of the tank itself. Juwel tanks are quality products and you the readers seem to think so too, judging by the number of happy owners who get in touch with me.
We opted for the timeless classic that is the Rio 240, a four footer (1.2m) in black. As tank trim fashions go, black is back and nothing frames an aquascape like a black trim top and bottom with black silicone each side.
Topped off with some black gravel from Unipac, this scape looks the business and I for one began to seriously envy Dean’s creation and its contents.
Selecting your tank
Dean opts for a Juwel Rio 240 that provides superior viewing depth when compared to many smaller aquaria. Given the array of colours to be utilised, a dark tank and cabinet is chosen, together with a dark, black background. The dark gravel is cleaned and wood pre-soaked to minimise the leaching of any tannins.
Adding the gravel
The black, quartzy gravel is added to the tank and spread evenly. It plays a key role in the aquascape and will be banked and set to shape as the display forms.
Given that these plants are not real, gravel size is not important, although, in most cases, finer substrates are more aesthetically pleasing.
Positioning the wood
Following the off-centre ‘golden ratio’ of aquascaping, around 5kg of Tropics Décor Wood is arranged. The height of the wood will be later exploited by both breaking up the planting and creating a platform on which some plastic plants will be tied — in much the same way as Java ferns often are.
Now for the background plants
Higher plants are added, in this case the Maxi-sized Seagrasses and Acorus taking pride of place along the back. Rosewood water ferns are added to the aquascaped wood, giving an impression of height without imposing depth. Unlike real plants these are weighted and can often simply be rested on the wood or wedged into crevices.
Plugging the gaps
Introducing more red with Rosewood Atoll Maxi plants, Dean builds up the tiered effect with lower offerings of club moss and jungle plants that frame the bigger, brighter centrepiece. Plants are clumped together rather than scattered, creating a more even and less confusing display. Even shadows are assessed on their merits.
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It’s easy to grow acacias from seeds or from cuttings. They’re best sown in spring or early autumn.
Acacias are great to plant if you’re growing a garden from scratch – they’re ideal as a screen. But it’s best to prune the bush occasionally.
Araucaria are evergreen conifers prevalent in eastern Australia. They are large trees with horizontal branches and needle-like leaves. The araucaria is an ancient tree found only in the southern hemisphere.
Araucaria species in Australia are better known as the Bunya Pine and the Moreton Bay Pine.
There are some 250 to 300 species of atriplex, some 6of which you can find right here in Australia. More commonly called saltbush, atriplex is a hardy plant that can tolerate droughts as well as flooding.
The saltbush retains salt in its leaves, which makes it a great plant to grown in more salty regions. The well-known Old Man Saltbush is a popular shrub found mostly in saline, clay soils on mainland Australia.
The saltbush can grow up to three metres high and can spread to four metres wide. Its silvery grey leaves have a scaly coating.
The banksia, with its distinctive candle-shaped flowers, is one of Australia’s best known native plants. After all, there are 17species of this genus, with all but one found naturally in Australia.
Southwestern Australia enjoys the greatest diversity of banksia, with some 60 species, although the eastern coast is equally flecked with species. Few banksias thrive in arid regions or rainforests.
The banksia can range from a low-lying shrub to a tall tree reaching 2metres in height. It is characterised by its candle-like or cone-like flowers which actually consist of hundreds or even thousands of tiny individual blooms grouped together. You’re most likely to see its yellow to red flowers blossoming in winter.
Use artificial grass in your landscape design.
Using artificial plants is one of many ways to guarantee your landscaping is as low-maintenance as possible. One trendy way to achieve this is to install artificial grass. Some of the advantages of artificial grass are:
At £19, the areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) isn’t the cheapest option but you get a plant that’s 1.metres tall – big enough to make a statement in a room.
Not only is the areca palm tolerant of the conditions found in most modern houses, it’s also listed by Nasa as a good plant for removing pollutants formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air, and it’s nontoxic to cats and dogs, too. It needs bright light but not direct sunlight.
OK, so I have written about how I love this plant before, but it really is worth repeating – the
These aren’t the easiest houseplants to keep alive but boy, are they cool. As Dr DG Hessayon once wrote (and yes, I will be quoting him endlessly…) these plants have “the distinct air of luxury”.
Now, I have to admit I don’t know much about this one, but I know I like it… Livistona rotundifolia is a palm from southern and southeastern Asia that also serves as the national leaf of the Philippines, where it’s known as anahaw. By all accounts it does well in the relatively low light conditions of the home, although it will need a reasonable amount of humidity so try it in the bathroom or kitchen. IKEA’s footstool palms are £5.50 for a 35cm tall plant.
Preserved moss is dead, no amount of moisture or tender care is going to bring it back. It is often treated with chemicals and dyed for decorative use.
Another great option for preserved moss is the SuperMoss Preserved Moss Mix. According to the product description, it contains Spanish Moss in Grass Green, Reindeer Moss in Chartreuse, Sheet Moss and Lichen Parmelia with tufts of Fuchsia Reindeer Moss.
Some preserved moss is used to provide moisture for vivariums. The premise is the moss is used almost like a sponge. It is thoroughly moistened, the water is squeezed out like a sponge, and then the moss is placed in the animal enclosure. Moss used this way will eventually rot and some folks recommend only using it or times before disposing of it.
Find the right size!
Before buying a Christmas tree, you should decide where you want to display the tree. Which room will it be in? Is it intended to be the centre piece of a room? Or, is it a second tree that will go in a family room or guest room? Will you put it in a corner, along a specific wall or next to a doorway?
Now that you’ve determined the location for your tree, how much space are you looking to fill? This will help you determine the ideal Christmas tree height for you. If you want the tallest Christmas tree your room will allow, we recommend buying a tree that is at least six inches lower than your ceiling height.
One of the joys of artificial Christmas trees is that they are available in a huge range of shapes and sizes so you should be able to find the perfect Christmas tree to fit your space.
For example, slimline trees allow you to still go for a tall tree but without the width of the tree taking over your room. Or if space is particularly tight then there is the option of going for a half tree, this stands flush against a wall leaving you plenty of floor space for lots of presents!
An impressive newcomer
With more lights and more branches (but a lower proportion of realistic ones), this new-for-201GE is worth a look.
The GE 7.5’ Just Cut EZ Light Frasier Fir Dual Color LED (model 17161HD) is new for 2018, so we’re still working on a hands-on review, but several of its specs are favorable when compared with our top pick from National Tree. It’s the same height and width, but it has more branch tips for a fuller appearance (2,07versus 1,867). Like our top pick, the GE lets you switch between white and multicolor lighting modes, and the lights connect directly as you assemble the three sections of the tree. But we are especially fond of the way GE’s LED Christmas lights look—in our test, we found them closest to the familiar warm glow of incandescent bulbs. However, the GE has 600 lights, versus our top pick’s 750, meaning it falls just short of our recommended 100 bulbs per foot of tree. And at 30 percent polyethylene, versus 3percent on the National Tree pick, the GE tree has a lower proportion of ultra-realistic branch tips—and a higher proportion of fake-looking PVC “needles.” You’ll never notice a difference from across the room, but up close you may find the GE slightly more artificial-looking.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
As we learned from experience, a major drawback to owning this or any artificial tree of a similar size is that it takes up considerable storage space in the off season, and is hard to fit back into its original box.
People often overlook the fact that they’ll need to store an artificial tree for or 1months out of the year, Gurino pointed out. And lack of storage space is the main reason, he added, that city and apartment dwellers favor live trees. (He also noted that when live trees get thrown out, they often become free mulch for public parks—in effect, they’re recycled.) Our tree, after being packed up after the photo shoot, took up a corner of our test space for a month before we were able to send it off to another Wirecutter editor for long-term testing. So unless you have lots of storage room in your place, a live tree may make more sense.
And even if you have room to store an artificial tree, bear in mind that, as Gurino noted, it won’t easily go back into its original box: “Once you fluff it, it’ll never fit exactly.” After we were done with our photo shoot, I spent about half an hour painstakingly collapsing each branch of our tree, one by one, as tight as I could against the central pole, to prep the tree for shipping. My best advice: Start from the top (the shortest branches) and end at the bottom (the longest branches). First pinch the branch tips together into a sort of bundle; then fold up the branch itself. Even after I did that, though, it made some obvious bulges in the original shipping box.
The re-boxed artificial tree of this size is heavy (over 50 pounds), difficult to fit on most shelves, and has a volume comparable to a tank-style water heater. But if you have ample storage space, you don’t have to keep a tree in its original box. Rather, Gurino said, keeping it covered and dry is the main thing. You can separate the sections and flatten the branches as compactly as you can, or keep it whole; just don’t store it somewhere it’ll be trampled or moved a lot. Do cover it with a light plastic painter’s tarp or an old sheet to keep the dust off, or buy a tree bag. And a climate-controlled space (converted basement, storage closet) is always preferable to an attic or garage.
Aside from appreciating the quality, beauty, and value of our pick, we chose a National Tree model for a few other reasons, namely exceptionally wide availability (online, in national chain stores, and in mom-and-pop shops), diverse options (in lighting, height, girth, and other considerations) to fit everyone’s unique needs, consistently great reviews, and the solidity of 50-plus years of a family-run business.
But the fact is, more than one company can claim most of those qualities, and you can find great trees under numerous brand names.
Much of the situation is due to the way artificial trees are manufactured: Almost all of them come out of a handful of factories in Taiwan and China. So while the companies selling the trees specify the details of their designs, the companies making the trees use similar materials and even many of the same basic components. That means you will be able to find a great artificial tree, even if it’s not our pick.
Puleo is Larry Gurino’s favored brand at House of Holiday; like National Tree, it’s a New Jersey–based, family-run business. Unfortunately, Puleo is not as widely available as some other brands, but its quality ranks among the best. Gurino has sold Puleo trees for 20 years, and they were some of the nicest-looking trees we came across in our search. If you find one you like, you can be confident in your purchase.
Balsam Hill is the top-selling artificial-tree brand in the US, and it offers an extraordinary array of top-quality trees in three ranges of realism. After viewing and handling examples in person, we consider its Realistic line comparable overall to National Tree’s Feel Real series. Both have a mix of realistic PE branch tips and plasticky PVC filler branches. And both do a great job of fooling the eye. An exact apples-to-apples comparison isn’t possible (due to differences in lighting options, for example), but Balsam Hill’s trees tend to feature more branch tips and light bulbs at a given height-width combination.
Frontgate mostly competes with Balsam Hill in the premium category, as it focuses on super-realistic and super-expensive trees. We didn’t encounter Frontgate trees in person, but their specs—and prices—are impressive.
There are many, many more competitors than what we list here. Given the way artificial trees are produced (described in How we picked), it’s not uncommon for companies to buy trees “off the shelf” and rebrand them under their own names. So if you can’t find one of our picks or a comparable tree from the makers listed here, you can still find an excellent tree. Here’s how.
Look at the tag—most brands are eager to note the presence, number, and often the percentage of realistic polyethylene branch tips; we like to see at least 30 percent polyethylene.
Simply look at the branch tips themselves. Although highly realistic artificial trees with polyethylene branch tips are becoming the norm, most manufacturers also still produce 100 percent-PVC trees. They’re much cheaper—and they look it. Polyethylene looks like real, living branches and needles; PVC looks like thinly sliced green paper.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Artificial Plants wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Artificial Plants
- №1 — RUOPEI 5.9ft Artificial Bamboo Tree, 1105L Decorative Fake Plant Arrangement in Plastic Pot for Home or Office Greenery Decor
- №2 — Crt Gucy 2pcs Artificial Plants Epipremnum Aureus Leaves Silk Grass Fake Plants Bridal For Home Office Party Hotel Wedding Mini Pot Outdoor Décor
- №3 — Artificial Hanging Vine Artfen Fake Hanging Vine String Plant Artificial Flower Home Garden Wall Decoration 32 inches Green