Taking care of your artificial plants and flower arrangements.

bedside artificial floral arrangement
periodic cleaning is very important especially of light coloured florals

Artificial plants, flowers and topiaries find popular demand for applications where maintaining and caring for real plants becomes a difficulty, especially in the present day apartment interiors. Artificial plants when required for enhancing the aesthetics of the place have the distinct advantage of minimal care and maintenance. They certainly do not require regular pruning, water, de weeding or compost.

However to ensure the best care for your artificial plants and flowers we suggest some quick periodic maintenance activities to ensure they look as fresh and amazing over the years.

‘Silk’ flowers generally indicates use of cloth fabrics and rubber compounds and polymers and not just specifically the silk material.

Here’s some helpful ways of taking care of your artificial plants and flowers –

Placement-

Artificial plants and flowers when ordered in a package, might appear folded/ crumpled and seem unlike those you saw in pictures. Before you place them in vases and planters, gently open out and folded leaves and flowers. To do this gently hold the petal/ leaf mid-way and curve it outwards uniformly.

Gently shaking  the foliage after taking out of the box and separating out any intertwined leaves/ elements help before individually opening out the flowers/ leaves.

Most of the artificial plant and flower stems contain flexible wires which enable them to be bent and arranged at angles in an arrangement to give a distinctly natural look. Browse for photos of natural flowers in arrangements to replicate your set of flowers.

artificial tulips

Keep out the dust!

A visible layer of dust is a clear spoil sport in your carefully concealed artificial flowers or plants. Unless your plants are placed in an air conditioned environment, dust will be a periodic  presence especially for our Indian environments.

Use a clean cloth to gently dust your large plants periodically by starting cleaning from the top to further down.

For smaller plants and delicate flowers, you can use a paintbrush and even a blow dryer.

White and other light colours tend to show dust more visibly. You can use water and even a mild soap solution to ensure they keep looking fresh. Gently dip and swish your flowers in a tub of slightly warm water and mild soap and once cleaned lay them on a towel to dry. For arrangements or where continual removal is not feasible, we recommend using a garden spray pump to gentle spray water and letting it dry on its own. You can add a mild soap solution to the water in the spray jar while spraying for particularly dusty arrangements/ flowers.

Another important aspect to remember in taking care of your artificial plants and florals- It is ideal to clean using a simple spray of water frequently in dusty environments than allowing the dust to settle for a long  time and then cleaning vigorously.

This would work with silk and plastic  and not dry flowers. Dry flower arrangements should only be cleaned with a dry brush.

Do not wipe them clean using a towel as the pressure on the delicate petals will displace them.  A mild warm air blower could also do the trick for sturdy plants and arrangements.

using a dry brush to clean floral arrangements

Precautions to protect in sunlight

Continuous exposure to harsh sunlight will discolour your plants and flowers over time and make them look less alive. To ensure they do not fade easily, regularly turn them in when possible, or expose the other side.

Ascertain whether your plant is UV treated. Typically flowers are made out of nylon cloth which will fade in harsh sunlight over time. For these, choosing lighter shades  such as white, lilac , ivory works better to conceal the fading effect.

Pick out your favourite flowers and plants keeping a few of these important considerations in mind, and they will last you years and years without the worry or fear to walking into your house to a shrivelled up plant.

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