Whether you are wondering what artificial trees are made of or wondering about how to care for them, we’ve got you covered. Read on to get answers to your biggest questions about artificial trees.
1. What are artificial (silk) trees made of?
Despite their name, today’s artificial (or silk) trees are no longer silk. Most of the high quality artificial trees are made of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, rubber, PVC and other plastics.
This combination of materials and technology gives you trees that not only look very real, but also feel natural.
2. How to identify the best quality and most realistic artificial trees?
This is the most common question that plagues those of us who are taking our first steps into the world of artificial plants and biophilic conception.
Well we’ve got a simple two step process to help you out.
Step 1: Look at the details.
This is where the real difference is. Real trees are not perfect. Thus, the first marker to watch out for is for trees that appear too symmetrical or have unusually identical leaves.
Look for trees that mimic the small nuances and “flaws” of their real-life counterparts. Seemingly minor details like unevenly shaded leaves, grainy bark, or twisted, gnarled branches make all the difference.
Step 2: Study the materials.
High-quality artificial trees are an investment that doesn’t come lightly. So when it comes to choosing them, it’s not just about their beauty. But also how long they will last you.
So, study the materials used. High quality silk plants are made from a blend of polyester, polymers and plastics. Most worthy high-end manufacturers and sellers will have their own custom manufacturing process for branches, leaves, and flowers.
Pro tip: A great way to ensure quality is to stick with manufacturers who are willing to offer a long term warranty on their materials and products. (An obvious indicator, but one that most first-time artificial tree buyers, like you, don’t know how to look for.)
3. How to choose the right artificial tree for a space?
Artificial trees are a fabulous way to instantly spruce up any space. But choosing the wrong type of tree can ruin the aesthetics and ambiance of the space just as quickly.
The three big factors to keep in mind when selecting the right type of artificial tree are:
Height: Small office plants or potted plants are not affected by the height of a room. But before you buy a tree, make sure that it fits the room proportionately. Usually the sweet spot for artificial trees is between 1/2 and 2/3 the height of the room.
Volume: Then consider the space that the artificial tree will take up in the room. This is not rocket science. The smaller the room, the simpler and more slender the tree. The bigger the space, the more you can go with your bushy, wide, and heavy selection.
Light and Ventilation: It’s easy to get carried away and ignore real life considerations when selecting artificial trees. But a lush, flowering tropical plant in a drab windowless room will scream “fake plant.”
You don’t need warm Caribbean lighting in all of your rooms, but make sure the type of tree you choose looks like it can survive in the room lighting. (It can be natural or artificial lighting.)
Design fit: But ultimately it all depends on how you want to design your space and what features you want to highlight. There is no hard and fast rule for this, but here are some design suggestions to guide you.
– To accentuate a wall / high vertical surfaces: Green walls
– For outdoor spaces / roofs / common gathering areas: Artificial boxwood hedges
– For offices and workspaces: Potted plants such as succulents, pothos, dracaenas, mini ferns, etc.
– To make a statement: Bamboo, birch, ficus, olive and palm trees
4. Do artificial trees need maintenance? How to maintain your artificial trees?
Yes and no. While artificial trees do not need regular watering, fertilizing, and pruning like regular trees, they still need cleaning.
Periodically cleaning your artificial trees with a duster or microfiber cloth will remove any extra dirt and dust and keep them looking fresh.
If you happen to not clean them for a while, the dirt settles and becomes more difficult to remove. In such cases, spray and wipe down the trees with a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap. Then follow up with a series of non-aerosol silk cleaner recommended by the manufacturer.
5. Can you use artificial trees outdoors? Are they damaged?
Yes you can. But, make sure the plant you put outside is weatherproof.
Most manufacturers offer a range of artificial outdoor trees made from weather resistant materials to ensure their colors stay vibrant and fresh even after years in the sun.
6. Are false trees safe inside? Are artificial trees a fire hazard?
Usually yes. But it depends on the material of the artificial plant. Some manufacturers sell silk trees with non-flame retardant foliage, which poses a serious fire hazard.
So be sure to protect yourself, your guests, and your belongings with artificial trees whose foliage is guaranteed to be fire resistant.
7. What size planter / pot to use for your artificial trees?
Finally, it is about actually placing them in space.
The artificial tree planter not only adds to the aesthetics of the space, but also helps to make the tree more real.
While there aren’t any hard and fast rules, here’s a guide to basic planter sizes for artificial trees.
Proportions of the height of the tree to the diameter of the planter:
For a 3′-4 ′ tall tree, use a 12 ″ planter
A 4′-5 ′ tall tree will need a 13 ″ -14 ″ planter
For a 6′-7 ′ tall tree, use a 15 ″ -16 ″ planter
An 8′-10 ′ tall tree requires a 16 ″ -20 ″ planter
For a 10′-12 ′ tall tree, use a 24 ″ planter
And in any case, use common sense.
Now that you are all equipped, you can take your first steps into the world of artificial trees with confidence.