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The Best Mini Artificial Plants For Perfect Foliage
Last updated: 20 Jul 2021
Did you know artificial plants originated in China over 15,000 years ago? That’s right; the Chinese started crafting artificial flowers out of silk. Back then, silk was costly, and it was only the rich who could afford this hobby. Nowadays, China is the world’s largest producer of artificial plants. These faux plants are made from various materials for an affordable price, and you can find them in many homes across the globe.
Artificial plants come in a variety of species, sizes, and colors. With so many artificial plants to choose from, how do you choose the best?
To help you find your perfect fake foliage product, we have made a list of the best mini artificial plants in 2021.
Check them out below!
Each pot decorated differently from the other in a symmetrical pattern
Plants made from plastic
The Karlliu Mini Artificial Succulent Plants are a set of two different types of artificial succulents. Each succulent comes in its own beautifully decorated ceramic plant pots. Each pot is unique to the other but also stylistically matches. These faux succulents are made from advanced PE materials and look very realistic. They measure 2.4 x 3.4 inches.
Beautiful plant pots
Set of 2 means you can decorate more than one space
Some people might find these plants too small – it is a common complaint in customer reviews
If you want a slightly more exotic artificial plant in your home, you should consider buying the Velener Mini Potted Plastic Bamboo Leaves Plant. The plastic leaves are easy to maintain and dust. It comes in a rustic-looking grey pot and measures 7x7x7.5 inches. This mini plant is not as small as our other options, but, quite often, customers feel like their plants are too small when they arrive, despite reading the measurements.
Bamboo leaves bring something more exotic to your home
The Ogrmar Mini Faux Topiary Shrub is a realistic-looking artificial shrub made from plastic. It comes in a grey pulp pot. The manufacturer claims this product is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but only during dry seasons. The approximate size of the Ogrmar Mini Faux Topiary Shrub is 1.97 x 1.97 x 1.97 inches, so you just know it is going to look cute on your patio furniture or your office desk.
Great for indoor and outdoor use
A minimal set is great for including in gift baskets or for decorating work desks with little space
The plant pot seems a little fragile – handle it with care!
The Lucky Greenery Artificial Succulents Set comes with 3 different succulents, including one aloe vera. They are made with non-toxic PE and EVA materials and are eco-friendly and safe around pets. The pots are plain grey which will suit most styles. This mini succulent set measures 3.5 x 3.5 x 4 inches, perfect for decorating small spaces.
This artificial plant set is better for the environment than many other artificial plants
3 included artificial plants mean you can keep them as a set or split them up
The plants look realistic
The fake dirt doesn’t look very realistic, but if you fill the pots with a few small pebbles, they will look great
The Svenee Mini Artificial Topiary Shrub is green faux grass in a stone effect grey pot. It is 4.9 x 4.9 x4.9 inches, a great size for an office desk or a limited amount of space in a small bathroom. This shrub is made of high-quality materials and almost looks just like the real thing. If you’re looking for an understated but pleasant addition to your indoor decor, this could be a good option.
4 different artificial succulents in individual pots
White ceramic pots
2 x 2 x 4.1 inches
If you are looking for mini artificial plants, why not get a matching set of 4? The MyGift set includes 4 different artificial succulents in matching white ceramic pots. Each item measures 2 x 2 x 4.1 inches. These stylish pots can be used to decorate bookshelves, desks, bedrooms, and more. You can keep them together as a set or spread them throughout your home or workspace.
4 individual items mean you can create different looks
Small enough to decorate small bookshelves
Some customers complained of a bad smell from the product that was difficult to remove
The Sunm Boutique Eucalyptus potted plant is made from eco-friendly soft plastic and is safe to have around animals. When buying an artificial plant, it is always important to make sure it is not made from toxic materials, just in case your pet tried to eat them. This plant comes in a simple yet stylish white plastic pot. It is 9.45 inches in height and 3.9 inches in width. This is the largest of our mini artificial plant selection.
Eco-friendly materials used
Realistic looking leaves
The white pot will go with any decor
The base is quite light, so it can be easily knocked over; however, you can remedy this by putting some pebbles inside the pot. If you want to add a little more decoration, mix pebbles with small crystals or shells
Artificial flowers may cost more than their living counterparts, but they will save you money in the long run. Another benefit of artificial plants is that you can never kill them. Every plant is different - some I have killed by overwatering, and some I have killed by under-watering. Luckily for me, various artificial plant options look life-like whilst being able to survive my neglect.
Unlike a real plant, you can choose an artificial plant or flower that is not in season and use it all year round.
Artificial plants don’t cause allergies. Although you may not suffer from allergies, you never know when a guest may turn up who does.
Artificial plants can live anywhere, including rooms that get no natural light. So if you have a dark room in your house, you can brighten it up with some colorful fake flora without worrying it won’t survive.
Things to consider when buying mini artificial plants
If none of our top 7 artificial plants catch your eye, we can still help you find one that can. Below, we have made a list of features and specifications you should consider before you purchase your plant. Having an idea of what you are looking for before you shop will save you time and energy.
Here are some of the things you need to consider before making a purchase.
Fabric or plastic plants?
Fake plants now boast amazingly realistic color, texture, and reflective properties. Plastic plants, In particular, hold these properties. This is partly because the molds that shape the plastic have been molded on real plants. So for a realistic textile quality, look for plastic plants filled with foam.
A considerable advantage to using plastic plants is that many of the fashionable house plants in contemporary home décor almost look plastic already. Succulents are a good example — the real ones have a waxy, almost reflective surface like that of certain plastics, so the fake ones look accordingly real. Moreover, real succulents are easy to care for; you can place a real succulent amongst the fake plants to make them look more realistic.
Silk plants are more fragile and much more prone to the ravages of time than plastic plants. Although silk plants have a certain romantic feel, they are easily frayed and fade in the sun. Silk plants will simply not last as long as plastic plants. Although you may disagree, our team prefers plastic plants for their overall longevity.
Type of plant
If you choose a plant that naturally looks a bit plastic, you will find many plastic versions of that plant that looks realistic. Look for artificial copies of ficus Elastica burgundy, Schefflera amate, Aloe Vera, Cacti, Philodendrons, Ferns, Banana trees, and Snake plants. If none of these appeals to you, you can search for plastic-looking plants on Google images until you find one that does. When you shop, have a picture of the real plant you want your fake plant to mimic, so you can buy the most realistic-looking artificial plant.
If you buy an artificial plant that looks like it is covered in snow, for instance, people will instantly tell that it is artificial. Some artificial plants come with added glitter or fake insects, but these kinds of features look extremely tacky to most.
Look for artificial plants with realistic features such as a glimpse of a root system or some fake dirt in the plant pot. An artificial plant should not be the same color or the same texture all over—research how the real plant you are copying is planted. Look for an artificial plant that has recreated this as well as the plant itself. These kinds of features add to the plant’s realism. If you want to add more realism, you can place your artificial plant where a real version would naturally survive.
Size and color
Many unnatural-sized and colored artificial plants are available. This is fine if you don’t mind if your artificial plants look fake. However, if you want realistic-looking plants, stick to the most genuine measurements and colors possible.
Artificial plants fade in the sun. If you want to place your artificial plant in the sun, ensure it is protected with UV inhibitors. You can find out if it has UV inhibitors from the manufacturer. If your artificial plant does not have UV inhibitors, you can treat it with a UV-resistant spray.
Mini artificial plants price range
The price range for artificial plants is between $4 and $900. At the lower end of this price range, you will find small, single-potted plants. At the high end of this price range, you will find large potted fake trees.
How we chose our mini artificial plants
We choose our mini artificial plants based on their design, price, and customer reviews - not to mention how good they look on your desk.
Mini Artificial Plants FAQs
Are fake plants harmful to the environment?
Fake plants are more harmful to the environment than owning live plants. Live plants remove toxins from the air, whereas fake plants gather dust. In addition, fake plants are made with plastic in factories and often can’t be recycled, adding to landfills.
What are some of the best stores to buy artificial plants from?
You can buy artificial plants from many stores, including Home Depot, Amazon, Nearly Natural, Afloral, Target, and Hobby Lobby. In addition, there are many other stores you can buy artificial plants from. You can find these with a quick search on Google.
Do artificial plants attract insects?
No artificial plants do not attract bugs. If you want to create a space in your garden that is bug-free, you can use artificial plants to do so. Another way to ward off bugs is by lighting citronella candles. This will repel insects, including mosquitos. You can buy large citronella candles, especially for your garden.
From mid-century modern to minimalist design styles, James is known in his community as a versatile and imaginative interior designer. He loves taking risks with bold color schemes and interesting furniture pieces that give homes a truly unique touch of character.