Let’s be real: You can’t be a good plant parent overnight. Plants are needy. They require the same amount of attention as children and pets do, if not more. And obviously, you’d have to spend lots of money, time and effort on them.
To put things in perspective, being a plant parent is a trial and error process. A couple of plants (or more, TBH) may likely die on your first few tries for a variety of reasons: maybe you forgot to water it on time, accidentally sprayed alcohol instead of essential oil (yes, essential oils are good for plants), or placed it on a low-light area when it required lots of sunlight to live. And honestly, that’s fine—so long as you don’t make the same mistake(s) twice.
But if you’ve practically become more of a serial plant murderer than a plant parent over time, then it’s probably best to just stop trying. (We don’t need more fatalities under your belt, please.) That doesn’t mean you can’t be a plant parent anymore though—not when artificial plants exist. Sure, live plants are a bit more beneficial than faux ones, but owning artificial plants are way better than killing live ones. Plus, synthetic plants offer many advantages too, and here are some of them.
Maintenance has never been easier
An artificial plant can withstand minor changes in the weather. You don’t need to water it on a strict schedule, find a spot at home where there’s enough sunlight, or invest in an organic pesticide as it doesn’t actively attract bugs. It doesn’t need pruning to stay in shape or look beautiful either. All it requires is an old brush to clean off the dust or water and dish soap for a more thorough cleaning.
If anything, your only enemy is fading and cracking. Some faux plants are prone to discoloration or becoming brittle, especially when placed in high-temperature areas. But even so, they don’t require half the attention real plants need. You just have to make sure the area isn’t too hot or in contact with direct sunlight.
It’s nontoxic—unlike some people you know
A lot of authentic houseplants are harmful to pets. So if you’re a pet owner and an aspiring plant parent at the same time, you have to carefully choose the plants you purchase and grow. Your best bet? Artificial plants. Most synthetic plants are nontoxic—meaning even when your pet chews on its leaves, it wouldn’t do any harm to them (but for the love of God, please don’t let your pets chew on everything they see).
And oh, have I mentioned that they cost wayyy less than live plants? So yeah, these plants aren’t toxic—even to your budget.
It lasts long (dare we say, even a lifetime)
Some plant enthusiasts say faux plants are longer-lasting than their live counterparts. While real plants wither away, artificial ones are more likely to survive no matter the season. But how do you make sure that the plant you purchase is indeed durable? Easy. Do your research or directly ask the seller: Does it have built-in UV protection? If the answer is yes, then congratulations, your plant might likely have a life as long as yours—or maybe even longer, who knows.
In a nutshell, you get to save money, conserve water and reduce consumerism when you own artificial plants. But most important of all, you get to be a plant parent (with a black thumb) without killing many innocent (plant) lives. See, it’s a no-lose situation.