Are artificial flowers a bad idea? Pros and cons of artificiality
There are many benefits to fake flowers and though they are not the real thing and therefore there is something inherently wrong with them, they are still worth something and here are some of the reasons why.
Benefits of artificial flowers
Escape hay fever and enjoy beauty
Like so many atmosphere related illnesses, hayfever seems to be on the increase. It seems that every summer there is someone else saying ‘I never get hay fever but this year… ‘. We all know that pollen is the cause and it makes being outside a little tricky, especially for people who really suffer.
But this is no reason for people to not be able to enjoy the beauty of nature, however simulated, from indoors and still fill rooms with flowers, even if they are synthetic.
You have many option on making your own flowers
These are man-made creations based on their natural counterpart. We can imagine it and it can appear. Nature is somewhat out of our control but making flowers yourself means that you can have any type of flower in any colour and any size and you can mix and match all sorts of flowers together to create any meaning you require without having to worry about them not matching because ultimately they can be changed and amended to mean that they do match.
You can also put flowers that require different living conditions together in a way that would be impossible if the flowers were real. For example, flowers that survive on very little water and flowers that can only live if they are virtually drowned can be put together in the same vase or displayed as part of the same bouquet with no harm done.
Easy to maintain and long lasting
With artificial flowers there is virtually none. If you want to keep up appearances then you can change the water occasionally but there’s absolutely no need. These flowers don’t need to be fed or watered. They don’t need to be kept near daylight for photosynthesis and they definitely don’t need to be thrown out after a week because they have inevitably died.
In fact, probably the only maintenance these flowers will need is the occasional dusting because they become just like every other ornament or decoration in the house. In fact, it might be worth thinking of them just as ornaments – but less breakable.
Paper flowers are cheap
Paper is the cheapest alternative to the real thing and these can look fairly real but it is more likely that paper flowers are deliberately authentic.
Paper flowers can look like a sophisticated craft alternative made by adults or classroom gifts made by children out of more tissue paper than you might imagine existing.
For the more realistic and permanent flower alternative, silk or silk and plastic flowers – though slightly more expensive – have multiple benefits in terms of look and condition. In fact, fake flowers can come in a huge range of materials including biodegradable and recycled so that even though you aren’t displaying real flowers you are still keeping on Mother Nature’s good side.
Lack of poison and pollen - safer around kids and pets
Apart from the obvious – and stated above – lack of pollen eliminating the chance of allergy and hayfever, the wide range of materials these flowers are available in can lead to a range of potential styles and prices and can also aid the authenticity of the ‘flower’ look.
Cons of artificial flowers
Fake flowers are bad for the environment
To make plastic, paper or any other large amount of production you need to use machines and electricity that will most definitely emit pollution in the atmosphere.
Even if the company uses recycled paper, no one can make plastic good for the environment. So, producing artificial, plastic flowers is twice as bad compared to the real flowers, who purify the air and are part of the natural circle of life and nature!
Artificial flowers do not clean or purify the air
If you intend to have flowers and plants at home to clean your air, then artificial flowers simply will not do the work. One con of having artificial flowers is that they are not real, hence cannot consume the air in the room and cannot purify it.
There are several real flowers and plants that, when having animals at home, clean the spores of the animals, thus helping people who tend to have allergies towards animals.
In addition, if you still think artificial flowers are more suitable to your home and lifestyle and you think you have found the best artificial flowers for your living room, for example, but you would still want an air purifying, then do not hesitate to buy one alongside your artificial flowers.
Artificial flowers do not bloom every year
Yes, artificial flowers never fade, but they also never bloom. They will not smell the way real flowers do when they bloom every year around. Even if you buy artificial flowers with a scent, the scent will eventually fade and you will be left with your artificial flower decorations.
You would not have to re-pot them, preserve and prune them, but you will not have fresh blooms next year.
Artificial flowers need to be cleaned from dust
Yes, artificial flowers might be easy to look after, but they need to be regularly cleaned from dust and occasionally washed in water with soap. Why? Because, artificial flowers are like every other furniture at your home - it gets dusty and you should clean it in order to preserve the beauty and color of your artificial flowers.
Where to buy artificial flowers from
Artificial flowers can be found in many big online or physical shops in the UK. You can always find your artificial flowers in Amazon, Ebay, why not try Wilko or your local shop for home decorations.
You can always alsot try Ikea, English Home or each shopping centere that has a shop for home supplies and decorations. If you start searching online on enter some physical stores you will most likely be told where to look for these special artificial flowers you are still looking for!
How to clean artificial flowers
There are several ways in which you can clean both silk or plastic flowers, but you should really be careful with the methods you use for each one of them.
Prepare the cleaning spray or solution;
Get the dust cleaned with a warm cloth with a little water;
Spray the artificial flowers with the cleaning spray or solution;
Rinse with water, if needed.
To be clearer, you have to clean silk and plastic flowers differently and the compound of cleaning solutions you use should also be different in order not to harm the silk flowers.
Cleaning silk and plastic artificial flowers methods
Use silk microfiber cloth a little moist with water;
Brush gently the inner and outer parts of your silk flower;
Use a silk cleaning spray at every large store and spray your flowers, after that leave them be.
You can miss out on the silk cleaning spray for artificial flowers, hence it can be a little pricey in general.
Use a solution of water and soap;
Gently spray the artificial flower until it becomes a little moist;
Use another water spray to clean the soap;
Use microfiber cloth to dry out your flower, gently!