Plants are one of the best things you can add to your living space. They give an area the look of natural beauty, which can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Many people find that hanging plants are a great way to decorate and add that natural appearance. Hanging plants can also be a great choice in tight areas where floor space is often limited. Artificial hanging plants provide even more convenience and easier maintenance.
Are you considering adding artificial hanging plants to your indoor or outdoor decorations? Here are some things to consider and some tips to help you out.
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Evaluate Your Space Before Choosing Your Artificial Hanging Plants
One of your first considerations when deciding on artificial hanging plants is evaluating your space. While the process for evaluating the space for artificial hanging plants is similar to the evaluation for hanging live plants, there are a few important differences, which we’ll describe below:
Artificial hanging plants don’t need watering
While live hanging plants are beautiful for outdoor and indoor spaces and are easy plants to care for, maintaining and taking care of artificial hanging plants is even easier because they don’t need water.
Since you won’t have to worry about having access to water your hanging plants, more options exist for artificial hanging plants in terms of size, shape, foliage, and so on.
Artificial hanging plants do need occasional cleaning
Although artificial plants don’t need watering or fertilizing, they do still need occasional cleaning, so you’ll still need limited access to them once in a while.
To clean fake hanging plants, start by using a simple Swiffer Duster to remove any loose dust. Then use a wet cloth or towel and clean each flower or leaf individually. For areas that need a deeper clean, add a dash of mild dish soap.
Do you own or rent your space? It can make a difference.
Artificial hanging plants need something from which to can hang. Many plant owners use hooks to mount their hanging plants. This is fine if you own your own home, but if you live in an apartment or condo, there are some additional considerations.
Some apartments and condos don’t allow tenants to drill holes in the walls or ceilings. Before you bring out your drill or screwdriver to hang your fake plants, check the rules where you live so you don’t forfeit your security deposit.
Choosing Artificial Hanging Plants for Your Indoor Space
Hanging plants are a beautiful, low-maintenance decorative addition to your indoor spaces. However, there are some special considerations when choosing your artificial hanging plants indoors, which we’ll cover below:
The fullness of the artificial hanging plant
One of the most important things to consider when choosing fake hanging plants for your indoor space is the size of the plant, with the plant’s fullness dictating its overall diameter and therefore how much space it will take up.
When considering an artificial hanging plant for a particular spot, be sure to plan so that one side of the plant isn’t smashed against the wall when you mount your ceiling or wall hanger. For example, this cute ceiling-mounted hanging fern has a frame that keeps the fronds from being smashed.
The weight of the artificial hanging plant
Another important thing to consider when choosing artificial hanging plants for your indoor space is the plant’s weight. It’s critical that a heavy artificial hanging plant with a basket is mounted into a ceiling joist or a wall stud, both of which can support much more weight than mounting in ceiling or wall drywall or plaster.
The last thing anyone wants is their fake hanging plant pulling down part of their ceiling, or worse, dropping on someone’s head. This adorable artificial hanging ivy plant is a great example of one that could be mounted securely into a wall stud or ceiling joist.
Choosing Artificial Hanging Plants for Your Outdoor Space
As with choosing fake hanging plants for your indoor space, choosing artificial hanging plants outdoors has its own special considerations, which we’ll explain below:
Understand where you are going to mount the hangers for the artificial outdoor plants
Mounting location is an important consideration for fake outdoor hanging plants. Here are some things to consider for where and how to mount them:
- Will you be mounting the plant on the side of your house?
- Will you be hanging your plant from a pergola or other deck covering?
- Will the plant need special mounting hardware, like a shepherd’s hook?
One of the keys to outdoor hanging plant mounting is to ensure that the plants are fully and securely supported. A shepherd’s hook style hanger like this one can be a great way to hang artificial plants outdoors, and it can be placed in almost any location in your yard.
Consider any wind factors that might impact your artificial hanging plants
In exterior settings, the wind can be a big factor in the success of outdoor hanging artificial plants. Severe windstorms can ruin hanging plants of any kind, so take precautions to ensure they are protected or take them down when you know inclement weather is coming.
It could mean the difference between continuing to enjoy your outdoor hanging fake plants or having to pick up their pieces from your neighbor’s yards.
Consider the impact of direct sunlight on your artificial hanging plants
While both indoor and outdoor artificial hanging plants are low maintenance and quite durable, keep in mind that UV rays will eventually fade your artificial hanging plants. To prevent this, be sure that you either rotate them periodically or take them out of the direct sunlight occasionally.
Another option to protect your fake hanging plants from sun damage is to use a UV floral protectant like this one that is designed specifically to reduce sun damage in artificial plants over time.
We hope you’ve enjoyed and found this information useful. If you have additional tips or ideas on choosing or adding artificial hanging plants in your indoor or outdoor spaces, please share them in the comments!