Lifelike artificial plants can be a practical and convenient option for bringing color and vibrancy to any room. With minimal care, they can remain beautiful for many years and elevate your home’s aesthetics. In this guide, we’ll provide tips on potting artificial plants using planters and share some of our most popular potted flowers and foliage.
Considerations Before Repotting Artificial Plants
Repotting in Soil
You can use soil when repotting artificial plants, however, the process isn’t as complicated as potting real plants and flowers to help them grow. Aside from giving it a more lifelike impression, soil simply anchors the artificial arrangement in your chosen vessel. Unlike real potted plants, you don’t have to worry about using the correct soil type or ensuring proper water drainage.
Use dry soil, as the dampness can damage or degrade your artificial plants. Also, check the pot often for bugs or pests in the dirt, which could affect your faux foliage.
Using Pot Fillers
Besides soil, consider using sand, small aquarium pebbles, marbles, or even glass beads. The idea is to add enough volume or weight to your planter to stabilize the arrangement. In addition, these will conceal the basic pot your arrangement came in if you’re not removing it.
Another idea is to layer different potting materials. Try stabilizing the arrangement with chunks of floral foam or a few inches of soil. Then, top the more visible part with smooth river rocks or other decorative accessories to complete the look.
Picking the Perfect Planter
Planters make or break the overall look of your potted greenery. The right size and design will complement the foliage and your home’s overall décor. While the type of planter is a matter of preference, there are also practical considerations. Here’s how to pick the best planters for your artificial plants.
1. Get the proportions right
Planter diameter is a factor when considering keeping artificial plants from tipping over. Aim for 2 to 4 inches of space from the base of your arrangement to the edge of your planter. To ensure your display looks its best, measure the height of the planter against the existing starter pot. Select a new planter that’s taller or deeper to conceal the rim of the smaller pot nestled inside effectively.
Similarly, check the space between the planter’s rim and where the foliage’s bottom begins. There should be enough space to conceal the starter pot and add filler. If a planter is too deep, consider raising the base with a few inches of sand or soil to lift your artificial flowers or topiary.
2. Choose a planter that complements your space
Let your choice of planter contribute to your space’s overall look and feel. Rustic textures like woven baskets add a cozy ambience to your porch or patio, while stone-finish planters with sculpted details are a more formal option. Regardless of design, ensure your planter is durable enough for indoor and outdoor use.
Guide To Potting Artificial Plants Using Planters
- Artificial plant or flower arrangement in its original plain starter pot
- Planter or vessel
- Heavy filling materials like sand, larger rocks, or soil (for the bottom)
- Lightweight or decorative fillers, like a combination of floral foam chunks, smaller glass beads, marbles, or rocks (for the top)
- Small garden trowel
- Artificial plants and potted arrangements are usually compressed for shipping. After taking them out of the box, use your fingers to fluff and style the foliage.
- Do not remove the starter pot your plant came in. Nestle it inside the planter. Step back and check if it’s at the right height or needs more clearance to peek out of the planter.
- Build your base and weigh down the planter. Use sand, rocks, or dry soil tamped down firmly. Position your plant in the center of the pot.
- The second lightweight layer is essential when thinking of how to secure artificial plants in pots. Use as much as you need to keep the plant centered and stable. Since this is the visible part of the plant, take care to conceal the starter pot for added realism.
Our Customers’ Favorite Artificial Plants
Balsam Hill’s artificial topiaries come in a neutral starter pot. This makes it easy for you to dress it with your chosen vessel. On the other hand, our potted flowers and greenery are offered with planters in various designs and finishes. These suit any home’s decorating theme, from metal containers to wooden buckets and resin pots.
Beyond the collection of potted arrangements, we also offer beautiful planters. Select from our assortment and customize your chosen foliage. Check out some of our customer-favorite potted artificial plants for some creative inspiration.
These artificial outdoor green plants come in various shapes, such as single-ball, double-ball, finial, and spiral. Each topiary is pre-lit with battery-operated warm white LED bulbs, giving you more freedom to decorate wherever you please.
Add a refined touch to entryways and common areas with the manicured look of estate gardens. Featuring a variety of shapes, the topiaries in this collection are also pre-lit with battery-operated lights and come with a built-in timer for decorating convenience.
Featuring an array of brilliant orange and yellow blooms, many customers call the Outdoor Sunrise Dahlia Potted Plant “the perfect pop of color.” Display it on the porch, patio, or kitchen for a delightful reminder of spring.
Add a cheerful touch to your outdoor spaces with a collection of cornflowers, gerberas, and wildflowers. Balsam Hill customers love this arrangement for its beautiful mix of summer colors.
This potted arrangement includes cottage roses, eucalyptus leaves, dock stems, and ivy leaves. Each flower features more than 40 layers of handcrafted petals for utmost realism. Bring a romantic, inviting touch to your favorite spaces and celebrations with its delicate nature.
Our Outdoor Seaside Cottage Foliage offers your home a touch of coastal elegance. It features blue and white flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots, lisianthus, and baby’s breath. Choose this arrangement for your summer home or simply when you want to bring a tranquil touch to any space.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Holds Artificial Plants in Pots?
Typically, artificial plants are held in pots using foam or sand as a base. The foam or sand is placed inside the pot, and the artificial plant is inserted into the foam or sand to secure it. Some artificial plants may also be anchored using wire or similar materials to keep them in place.
How Do You Put Artificial Plants in a Pot?
First, select a pot that’s the right size for your plant. Then, add a gravel or sand layer at the pot’s bottom to improve drainage. Next, place the artificial plant in the pot upright. Finally, add decorative moss or rocks on top of the soil to give it a natural look.
How To Secure Artificial Plants in Pots Outdoors?
When securing outdoor artificial plants, it’s best to opt for a sturdy pot that can withstand windy conditions. Additionally, use heavy objects to keep the pot in place and consider using adhesive or wire to attach the plant to the pot. This will help prevent the plant from being blown away by the wind or knocked over accidentally.
Are Artificial Outdoor Green Plants Easy To Maintain?
Yes, artificial outdoor green plants are very easy to maintain. Unlike real plants that require watering, pruning, and fertilizing, artificial plants don’t need any of these things. They’re made from durable and weather-resistant materials that can withstand various outdoor conditions, such as rain, wind, and sunshine. You only need to clean them occasionally to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated on them.
Can I Use Artificial Plants for Hanging Baskets?
Artificial plants can be used for hanging baskets, and they make a great alternative to real plants since they require little maintenance and can last for a long time. When choosing artificial plants for hanging baskets, consider the size and style of the basket, as well as the environment in which it will be placed. Look for plants with realistic foliage and vibrant colors to make your hanging basket look more natural.
What Are the Benefits of Using Artificial Plants Outdoors?
Planting artificial plants outdoors offers several benefits. They require no watering, pruning, or pest control, making them low maintenance. Additionally, they’re unaffected by seasonal changes, ensuring your outdoor space looks vibrant all year round.
Can You Mix Artificial Green Plants Outside With Real Plants?
Yes, mixing artificial green plants for outside with real plants can create a visually appealing and low-maintenance garden. This combination allows for a lush appearance year-round, and faux plants can fill gaps or be used in areas where real plants struggle to thrive.
May this quick and easy how-to guide on potting artificial plants inspire you to get even more creative with your home décor. Click the button below to see our full collection of potted plants, planters, topiaries, and more.