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Why Shouldn't You Have Fake Plants in Your House?

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Why Shouldn't You Have Fake Plants in Your House?

Indoor plants have one major competitor, and it's not root rot or white mold, or even your missed waterings. It’s fake plants—an unfortunate byproduct of our human obsession with greenery and our desperation to care for it.

Fake plants aren't just the artificial plants gathering dust in office windows and hotel lobbies. Like most man-made creations, artificial leaves are stagnant, uniform copies of something better—something curious, imperfect, and alive.

Consider indoor plants

Have you ever imagined that your plants would crawl off bookshelves or wrap around posts in unpredictable ways, twisting their stems and cocking their leaves toward the sun? Artificial plants, by contrast, are lifeless, immobile phantoms of something else—always visibly at odds with their environment, since their natural habitat is a factory with mold, dyes, and conveyor belts— Instead of the comfort of your home.

Artificial greenery does not require soil, water or sunlight to survive because it is not alive to begin with. But once they're potted and placed in a corner, their presence feels like that of a stuffed animal with glass eyes and empty lungs.

But replication in plant life isn't all bad. Using paper and textiles to depict nature is a human activity that dates back thousands of years: Egyptians painted reeds on linen, Romans shaped leaves from metal, and South Americans turned feathers and shells into lifelike plant replicas , and China folding rice paper and spinning silk into flowers for the rich and powerful to decorate their hair. But these works are clever interpretations of nature, used in ways that real petals and twisted branches wouldn't.

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Pretentious plants are never fashionable

In an era of deforestation and climate change, it's time for plastic plants to disappear altogether. We need as much greenery as possible, not more imitations. Yet new start-ups keep popping up, with hawks customizing wilted fake ferns and drooping succulents with almost unbelievable edges and sun-kissed crispness, as if artificial plants can't fool the naked eye. Their only flaw, rather than a more fundamental flaw.

Plants slowly change, just like us

Plants grow in stages and achieve milestones, just like us. Their achievements are not measured in births and deaths, college graduations and moving into their first homes, but in sprouts and vines, colorful flowers and fresh buds. Live plants can be pulled from the soil, rooted in water and repotted multiple times, whereas artificial plants are expensive and irrecoverable. They stand in the jar forever, unblinking and emotionless, until they are finally thrown into the trash.

We love the beauty of plant life, but that’s not the most important thing. Plants should be safe for the environment, your home, and your furry companions. Understanding where your plants come from and how they get to you is important to us, and we hope it's important to you too.

In a world filled with things that are fake and seemingly perfect (or fake and slightly brown), it’s the things that are vibrant and a little wild that bring us joy. It's a wealth of knowledge to know what plants look like when they're content and healthy, as well as when they're thirsty or overexposed, but it's not rocket science - it just means you need to take the time to nurture these small, living creatures. The things that really matter.

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