House Plants: Real vs. Fake

House Plants: Real vs. Fake

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have truly struggled to find my green thumb. I mean, I was worried about keeping a cat alive, so how would I ever keep a plant alive? A plant can’t meow and paw at you to let you know it’s thirsty. Let me tell you about my first experience with a real, live plant.

An art teacher of mine had about 100 succulents in her office when I went to see her one day. I commented on them and she said, oh please, take one! I was really excited because I love succulents. I took my plant and went home and put it on the kitchen table. I thought about how great of a decoration the plant was going to be and started wondering about how long these plants live (provided they’re properly taken care).

I had had the plant for a few days when I noticed it was beautiful outside (it was winter) and was unusually warm. I thought, I’m going to treat my plant to a day outside on the patio because it’s so warm and sunny. Well, warm and sunny quickly turned into a snowstorm and me being the bad plant mother I am, forgot my plant outside on the patio.

All of that being said, when it came time to get some plants for our house I really put some serious thought into it. I weighed all the pros and cons of real plants versus fake, so here are a few of the highlights.

Real Plants Appear More Natural
A major pro for me was the “realness” of real plants. I know that sounds silly, but the last thing I wanted was for someone to walk into my house and think, wow look at that awful fake plant over there. On the other side of that, though, I also didn’t want them to think, wow look at that half dead real plant.

I decided to go with a real cactus and a fake Fiddle Leaf Fig. There was a slight price difference in buying an adult real versus an adult fake and the fake was cheaper, so that helped sway me in the fake direction.

Fake Plants Are…Fake
Obviously the best part of fake plants is that they require little to no effort. You might have to dust the leave every now and then and make sure your cat doesn’t start using the pot as a litter box (although that can happen with real plants too), but other than that they take care of themselves.

Real Plants Have More Character
Along with looking natural, real plants offer more character. They can grow in different, unexpected directions. They might have just a little bit of browning along the edge of their leaves or give off a certain fresh kind of smell. I loved the idea of getting a younger plant and then letting it grow and see what direction it would go. Doesn’t that just fun? Unfortunately, I decided to go the safe right with a plant that doesn’t grow no matter how much water or sun it gets. It just seemed like the safer bet. I mean, what if I didn’t like the direction it grew?

Fake Plants Are Not Poisonous
This might seem a little bit dramatic, but for those of you who are fur parents (or even real parents), it was something I had to think about. It honestly didn’t even occur to me that some plants might be toxic for cats until I started doing research. I would come across all these great plants on Instagram and after some searching to find out their names, it turns out some of them are not good if you have a kitty running around your house.

Long story short, like I said above, I ended up getting one large fake plant and one medium sized, real cactus. I figured a cactus was an easy place to start as far as real plants were concerned. I’ve also been really pleased with my fake plant. Some days I wish it was real for character purposes, but it’s still pretty cute.

If anyone has any advice on how to develop a green thumb or if you’ve has a real plant vs. fake plant situation, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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