Many people are increasingly opting for artificial plants rather than live plants for their house decoration and plantscaping needs. Artificial plants have a number of unique advantages over live plants.
For one, artificial plants are cheaper to care for. As it were, caring for live plants is an expensive affair. Live plants, for example, call for huge expenditures in seedlings, fertilizers and pesticides, and many other associated costs which are things that artificial plants don't require.
Even for 'low maintenance' plants which don't require fertilizers and pesticides, one has to spend something (on a regular basis) on watering and weeding them. On the other hand, all that is required in the case of artificial plants is the initial investment in buying them, and you are set.
The cost advantage of artificial plants over live plants has become even more pronunced with the advent of plants rental and other cost cutting approaches to house decoration and plantscaping. Plants rental is the preferred approach to house decoration and plantscapping for many people,and especially for people who are looking for short term decoration, like in anticipation of a certain event. And artificial plants, by their very nature, are more suitable for plants rental than live plants.
Secondly, artificial plants are convenient to care for. Live plants as we know them, need constant care, in weeding, watering and cleaning the leaves they drop around, which artificial plants don't. This is an important factor, keeping in mind that all these task call for huge chunks of time to get done.
Thirdly, artificial plants are not susceptible to adverse weather. This is unlike live plants, whose health depends on the prevailing weather conditions. And this is a important consideration, keeping in mind the climatic changes being experienced globally, and whose result is the unpredictable weather now commonplace everywhere in the world.
Fourthly, artificial plants have longer lifetimes. For many people, plantscaping and house decoration is one of those projects that we want to do and get done with. Many people thus look for the plant that will give them the longest service. And in this respect, artificial plants beat live plants hands down, given that the average life of most decorative live plants tends to be in the range of a few years.
A good quality artificial plant on the other hand will tend to last as long as you want it to, that is, until you decide to replace it. It is through artificial plants, in fact, that you can get a chance to create an 'everlasting garden' if you fancy it.
Finally, with the recent advances in plastic molding technologies, it is now possible to create artificial plants that are perfect replications of live plants. As it were, many people used to be put off by the idea of artificial plants feeling that artificial plants would make them look cheap. Today we have artificial plants that are difficult to tell from live plants, even by the keenest of eyes. And for those who prefer their plants more natural (in the real sense of the word), there is now the possibility of getting silk plants.
These silk plants, as the name suggests, are artificial plants made from silk, which is a natural material. And silk plants are also very pleasant to touch, because of their texture. And on the whole, having silk plants is as seen as a sign of refined taste, even more so than having live plants in some cases.
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