Why I hate artificial plants..



Why I chose this topic? I really get a creepy feeling when I find out – a plant or a tree which is kept in a space is a fake one! Why! Guess I just feel that way…But this blog is more about how much I love the real house plants 🙂 and thought of sharing some useful information with you all hoping you could start this practice of having house plants, which are cost-effective as well as low-maintenance. And of course have plenty of positive points for a healthy living.

For those who seek clean, natural solutions to environmental issues, live interior landscaping can serve as a living illustration, affirming belief in nature’s intelligence.

Back to the artificial plants – I  researched a little bit into the history of Artificial Flowers, to learn where it comes from.

Artificial flowers have existed throughout history and include ancient Egyptian flowers made out of papyrus, the recorded period of silk flowers begins in the 18th to the 19th centuries when Europeans wished to preserve the fleeting beauty of real flowers. Read More on history of Silk Flowers.

Foam and other products soon crept their way into the silk flower industry and colored foam sheets as thin as petals were to overshadow crepe paper flowers. A small segment of traditional artists still folded real silk flowers, but these were very expensive compared to the foam flowers. Nevertheless, the accuracy and realistic look of silk flowers was rarely to be found with the foam flowers.

I would always choose to have a natural plant over a fake one. The craft behind creating nature like plants is very unique and does solve its purpose for decorations of certain kinds and arrangements of bouquet, also looks good. but there is a limit to how much you can mimic the real plant or use  it for certain spaces.

The climate has a big role behind selection of artificial plants over the real one for many people. But these days there are plenty of indoor plants available in the market which require the least effort. Houseplants fulfill the decorative purposes, bring positive psychological effects, or help for health reasons such as indoor air purification.

  • Plants fulfill an ancient, profound need of Biophilia-a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms.

Plants Provide a Natural Solution to Cleaner Indoor Air. They are great for producing oxygen and contributing to a zen feeling in any environment.

Read more about how beneficial the Green Plants are.

A study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air!

Newer homes and buildings, designed for energy efficiency, are often tightly sealed to avoid energy loss from heating and air conditioning systems. Moreover, synthetic building materials used in modern construction have been found to produce potential pollutants that remain trapped in these unventilated buildings.

  • The trapped pollutants result in what is often called the Sick Building Syndrome. With our ultra modern homes and offices that are virtually sealed off from the outside environment, this study is just as important now as when it was first published.

While it’s a well known fact that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis, the NASA/ALCA study showed that many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air which are responsible for Allergic reactions, Infectious diseases and Toxic reactions. 

Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, and often at home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Did you know that common activities like cooking, cleaning, redecorating, heating and cooling can all release and spread indoor pollutants in your home? Considering this, it’s no wonder that the EPA says studies have shown that the inside of our homes can be even more polluted than outside!
Read More on Self-Assessment to Determine if You May Have Biological Pollutants in Your Home

Mimicking a palm tree and placing it in a courtyard like space inside a house or an office…to me it adds a dead spirit into the space and does exactly the opposite of what it was intended to bring! Would you like to sit on a bench under a fake tree?

Imagine someone using artificial flowers to decorate their wedding hall – would you do it? I guess not…why? Isn’t it a cheaper and easier option..it is..but it would just not solve the purpose which is to add beauty in the space..with its real texture and aroma.

Plants are auspicious from the point of feng shui..no wonder it brings the positiveness into your living..as anyone would have little joy of seeing a plant grow after nourishing it for days and weeks. The fruit is more enjoyable then. As someone said “There is no substitute for hard work.” You can not enjoy the beauty of a fake flower as much as of a real bloomed – long awaited flower after putting in the hard work in taking care of it!!

Click here to get inspiration for Indoor plantscapes – amazing way to bring texture and life inside the space. One could start by simply reusing some of the containers from the kitchen which otherwise you might put in the recycle bins..to plant and take it step by step until you get used to watering them from time-to-time. 🙂

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Here are some images showing a variety of house plants that could help in air filtration; also some photographs I took at the International Flower Show at Philadelphia Convention center this spring. The theme this year was Hawaiian – Islands of Aloha.

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About anar memon

I am a person with a vast subject interests, call it culture, food, music, history, places, films, sports, design, art & crafts, painting, photography, animals, geography, architecture and the list never ends but keeps growing. A lot of times I try to intervine any two or more interests to get inspired and apply rules of one to the other and find interesting results. I'm always observing and learning from the world around me as I think one life is just not enough to grasp the beauty of our world.

5 comments

  1. Nartan

    Hello Anar, I am always proud of you. You are doing a wonderful job by writing about the subjects like Life, Culture, Music Philosophy and so on.These days construction booms in the developed and developing countries which resulted in the” Asphaltification” and “No Green’s Land”. In this situation people can find some place for indoor plants to be happy, healthy and to release stress
    Keep it up

  2. Shiks

    Great write up!!

  3. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for?
    you make running a blog look easy. The total look of your
    site is magnificent, let alone the content material!

    • Thank you Mario for appreciating the look of the blog. Theme is called “Imbalance 2” from wordpress, which lets you create briefs that resembles newspaper template. Its been about two years since I started blogging, still learning to write and share my experiences.

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