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House Plants: Real Vs Fake

It’s no secret that I’m very serious about plant care and keeping plants alive. I have never killed a plant and I love watering plants and thinking about taking care of plants. Oh.. don’t mind those crossed fingers behind my back – don’t know whats going on there… 

 YES, SEE I’M WATERING MY PLANTS. IT’S FINE. THEY’RE GOING TO BE FINE!
YES, SEE I’M WATERING MY PLANTS. IT’S FINE. THEY’RE GOING TO BE FINE!

If you’ve been here before, then you know I am a plant serial killer. I in fact currently have about 4 plants that are dying a slow death inside and outside my apartment. I really hope that plants don’t have feelings because if they do, I’m in for a healthy dose of plant related guilt.

Due to my lacking in plant-skills, I’ve been tempted to accept defeat by slowly introducing a few faux friends into my apartment. It started with a little phony trailing plant for my bookcase… then I graduated to an artificial fern in the corner. They look very real and I’m not ashamed about it (I am 100% ashamed). I really do love having real plants in my home thought! I don’t know what to do.. I’m torn between authenticity and laziness.

 

 SNEAKY FAUX TRAILING PLANT/ SQUIRREL TAIL HIDING IN THE BOOKCASE
SNEAKY FAUX TRAILING PLANT/ SQUIRREL TAIL HIDING IN THE BOOKCASE

 

So, which is better? Fake or Alive? Artificial or Natural? Faux or Genuine?

Real plants have proven health benefits to its owners or nearby space occupiers. Apparently, they can improve your sleep, they improve the surrounding air quality, they can reduce your stress (unless taking care of the plant is the thing that’s stressing you out). Real plants don’t gather dust and they don’t give you an icky plastic feeling when you touch it. 

The obvious upside to fake plants… you can put them anywhere! They also end up being more affordable because you don’t have to replace them constantly (like I currently do). They also don’t need that drainy hole at the bottom of your pots so any cute receptacle can be used as a plant holder! 

 

 THIS ZANZIBAR GEM PLANT APPARENTLY THRIVES ON NEGLECT. (PERFECT)
THIS ZANZIBAR GEM PLANT APPARENTLY THRIVES ON NEGLECT. (PERFECT)

 

Okay guys.. I’ve come up with my plan of attack when it comes to splashing out on new apartment greenery: I’m going to purchase a few “easy to care for” and “good health benefit” plants like aloe vera, succulents and peace lily. I’m also going supplement this plant collection with a few… manufactured green buddies for my more exotic-look plants such as long hanging plants and fun ferns. This way I have the best of both worlds and limited care/ effort has to go into the maintenance of this.

Obviously, now I’ve got myself into a situation where RESEARCH is required. I’ll be searching for real & fake plants for a very exciting ROOOOOUUND UP next week! 

Until next time! xx