Different types of artificial topiary


Artificial plants spruce up your home décor season after season. They never wilt nor dry, which makes them perfect for display throughout the year. Enjoy their organic beauty for years to come with this guide on how to care for artificial house plants.

How To Care for Artificial Plants

An outdoor lounge setup with lit artificial topiary plants


Step 1|Look for the 'outdoor-safe' label

When decorating outdoor spaces, choose UV-protected artificial plants that can resist certain levels of sun damage and fading. Check if they're marked "Outdoor Safe" before displaying them outside.

Step 2|Adjust your plant's placement

For indoor plants near windows, rotate them at least once a month to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Alternatively, reposition your artificial greenery in different areas of the house as the seasons change. This also allows you to refresh your home décor with minimal effort.

Step 3|Regularly clean your plants

It's important to keep artificial plants free of dust and dirt to extend their life and preserve their vibrant hue. Follow our cleaning tips below.

Insider’s Tip

How do you keep artificial plants from fading in the sun? Choose outdoor artificial plants crafted with UV protection. Balsam Hill's outdoor-safe foliage are designed to resist damage from the sun and weather as long as they're displayed outside for up to three months per year. Protect them even more by placing them under a form of shade such as a canopy, archway, or pergola.

How To Clean Artificial House Plants

A collage of photos showing an indoor house plant


Step 1|Set a cleaning schedule

We recommend dusting your artificial potted plants weekly or biweekly to keep dirt from building up. The frequency of your cleaning varies based on your location and weather conditions.

Step 2|Use a soft-bristle paintbrush

To avoid spreading dust inside your home, clean topiaries and house plants outdoors. Start brushing surfaces from the top, then work your way down. If your artificial topiary is pre-lit, take care not to tug on or remove the light strings. Remember to clean accumulated dust at the base of your PLANTER.

Step 3|Gently wipe off stains

Wipe the foliage with a damp rag. Simply use water to moisten the cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents or cleaning solutions as these can discolor or remove any adhesive used for the accents.

How To Store Artificial Plants

A slightly open red storage bag for topiaries


Step 1|Choose a safe and dry storage area

Keep your artificial plants away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. These elements can discolor and damage them. A closet and spare bedroom are ideal storage locations.

Step 2|Clean before storing

Make sure to clean artificial potted plants following the tips mentioned above. If you wiped the foliage with a damp cloth, air it out and dry thoroughly prior to storage.

Step 3|Use a sturdy container

Place your artificial plants inside clear plastic bins or durable storage bags. Balsam Hill’s ROLLING TOPIARY STORAGE BAG features internal paddings and straps to keep your plants in place. They also have wheels at the bottom so you can move plants from the display area to storage easily.

Step 4|Store plants carefully

Put small plants together in a large box. Fill in spaces with crumpled newspapers or packing peanuts. Remember to label which side of the container should be kept up.

Insider’s Tip

Invest in high-quality STORAGE BAGS to protect your artificial plants during the off-season. These bags are specially crafted to preserve the form and beauty of your greenery.

We hope these tips help keep your artificial plants and topiaries vibrant for years to come. For questions on your product, please contact our Customer Service Team.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where To Buy Artificial Plants

You can purchase Balsam Hill’s premium artificial plants, topiaries, and urn fillers directly from the website. Enjoy free shipping on all orders to the contiguous US.

How To Secure Artificial Plants in Pots

Add a layer of dirt, moss, and pebbles to the base of your artificial garden plants. These natural elements help keep them in place and create a lifelike effect.

How To Make Artificial Plants Look Real

Pair high-quality artificial plants with their natural counterparts to make your garden foliage look more realistic. Make sure that these are weatherproof artificial plants, so they withstand elements. Accents such as dirt, moss, and rocks will help them blend seamlessly. For indoor plants, place them next to a window or a glass door to give the illusion that they need ample sunlight to grow.


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