How To Arrange Artificial Succulents

Since last year, this arrangement has been the simplest I’ve ever created. To begin, simply adhere to these easy guidelines.

Step 1: Insert foam, and fill in empty spaces with moss.

You’ll see that I didn’t use all of the desert foam in the container. Instead, I filled in the gaps with moss and angled the stems of my succulent plants into the foam.

This green Spanish moss was picked because it doesn’t compete with the vibrant artificial succulents.

Step 3: Insert faux succulent stems into foam bricks.

I used wire cutters to trim the stems of the succulents so that they were flush with the foam foundation. Try alternating hues (reds, greens, and blues) and styles for greater aesthetic appeal (cascading versus upright).

Based on the succulents and planter you select, the finished item will resemble this…

Here is how the succulent arrangement currently appears in my living room:

How are rocks adhered to one another to make imitation plants?

Important!! Decide how much gravel you’ll need and put it in a colander before you start cleaning it. After that, rinse it really carefully to remove all the debris. The gravel should then be allowed to dry after allowing all the water drain out.

I used a yard hose to clean mine, then I set the stone colander outside to dry. Then, to aid in their drying, I ran my hands through the stones, moving them about roughly every ten minutes.

Gather containers for planting

In my situation, I had to paint the potting containers’ exteriors. Depending on the kind of container or containers you’re using, this is optional. My herb and flower combo container plants allowed me to reuse the 1 pint plastic containers that were provided with our herbs.

Line container with paper towel

One paper towel folded into four pieces should go in the bottom of each planter. The adhesive drips will be caught by this. (I should have done this; I didn’t, but I subsequently realized it would have helped catch the glue drips.)

Add floral foam

Cut the floral foam brick into 1-inch slices, and then round off the foam slice’s edges with a knife so that it will fit into the planting container’s bottom.

Cut stems to size

Use the wire-cutting pliers to shorten the stems of each of the imitation succulents as necessary. Yours might already be brief enough. You can estimate how much to cut off if you hold the plant upright next to the planter. Don’t cut too much off. When you actually plant it into the gravel, you can always trim it a little bit more if necessary.

I just recently learnt about gravel glue and how it can be applied outdoors to gravel roads, rock beds, and stone walkways to keep the stones in place as well as for creative projects. For big outdoor spaces, there are many pre-made pebble binders available. They even offer similar mulch holding items that I would love to try. However, given their cost, I’m trying to fit them into the budget for the following year.

For this project, I created a homemade gravel glue that is both small-batch and incredibly inexpensive to produce. All you need is water and ordinary glue. You can use clear craft glue or regular white glue.

The typical blending percentages are either:

  • 1 part water to 1 part glue
  • 3 parts water to 1 part glue
  • 4 parts water to 1 part adhesive

Apply a single thick coat or a number of smaller ones. You can decide. I applied one thinner coat, then poured glue straight from the bottle over the top of the stone, and it worked fairly well.

Make the gravel glue

This tutorial can be downloaded from my resource collection, as I already indicated. The password is available at the bottom of this post.

  • 6 to 8 cups of pea gravel should be poured into a colander. Wash the gravel well. As stated before, set it aside and let it drain and dry.
  • In a clean bucket or container, combine a 14 oz bottle of glue with around 16 oz of water. Good stirring
  • Once the gravel has been thoroughly coated with the glue mixture, add it and stir.

Place stems into gravel

One or more of the imitation succulents should have the stem portion inserted into the gravel. Until it is fully inserted, firmly pressing it into the floral foam. Reminder: if the stem hasn’t been sufficiently pruned, remove the plant and do so. Reposition into the gravel after that.

Top off with gravel

With one hand holding the plant leaves out of the way, add more of the gravel mixture until you’re satisfied with how full it looks. Allow the glue to almost entirely dry, which takes an hour or so with craft glue in most circumstances.

Regarding glue drips: Even if you use the paper towel, some glue mixture may leak out from the bottom during the drying process if the planting container includes drain holes. While I was putting things together, I used a cookie sheet and aluminum foil to capture some of the drainage. I then set the pots on the concrete so they could finish drying and draining. In order to prevent the containers from sticking to the ground, I also shifted them roughly every 15 minutes. (I used more water than I mention here to thin down my glue mixture when I created these. I also skipped using paper towels to line my plants.)

Add more glue

By immediately squeezing glue from the bottle onto the top of the stone in the planter, you can add more adhesive to the gravel to finish it off. The second bottle of glue is intended for this purpose. The gravel will have more hold after completing this stage. As previously said, let the adhesive drain and dry.

Gravel glue won’t hold the gravel firmly because it is water soluble. However, it will keep it there for a very long time. The adhesive can be removed off the stone by soaking it in hot water if you ever wish to disassemble the planter and reuse the gravel. I believe it should work, however it would take some time and the stones would probably need to be cleansed often.

Additionally, most white glue dries clear; check the label to confirm this. However, if you are worried about that, you might want to try using transparent craft glue, which begins off clear and should also dry clear. Just make sure the label makes that clear.

Can you put fake plants outside?

Absolutely, you can utilize artificial trees and plants outside. However, not all fake plants and trees are fit for outdoor use. Some forms of foliage can resist extreme weather conditions since they are made from materials like silk, plastic, and polyblends. Only those with the designation “suited for outdoor usage” may, as was previously stated. These trees and plants use fading-resistant technology to keep their color in outdoor settings. Artificial outdoor foliage can be used outdoors without fear of color fading from the abrasive sun, wind, water, and snow.

Can I combine several succulents?

Recently, I’ve received several inquiries from folks wondering how much room should exist between the succulents in their arrangement. The reply is, “It depends.” Succulents are perfectly capable of being planted quite near to one another.

Succulents grow more slowly when planted closely together, helping the arrangement to better maintain its original layout. When they are close together, watering them can be more difficult. But this is a really fantastic approach to plant your succulents, particularly if you’re creating the arrangement as a present or for an event.

A nice illustration of succulents that are firmly packed together is this clam shell planter at Waterwise Botanicals.

Succulents are generally slow growers, but if you give them a bit extra room to spread out, they’ll grow a little faster and eventually fill the space. If you want your plants to grow larger or reproduce more readily on their own, this is a fantastic alternative. I suggest using this slightly dispersed strategy if you are just getting started with succulents.

It is simpler to water the succulents correctly when there is room between the plants. The soil will dry up more quickly due to the improved air flow. We are aware that succulents thrive in rapidly draining soil!

Remember that you don’t want the succulents to be too close together or in a pot that is much bigger than they are.

Succulents will prioritize generating roots over growing larger if they are given too much room. A good distance between plants, in my opinion, is between 1/2 and 1.

How is a fake planter made?

  • Step 1: Arrange flowers and foliage.
  • Step 2: Adhere the floral foam (for dried and artificial flowers) to the planter’s base.
  • Utilizing Thriller, Filler, and Spiller flowers, arrange stems in the third step.
  • Step 4: Add decorative stones or moss to the flower foam to complete the design.

What can you put in fake plant pots?

Artificial plants might not appear sturdy or appealing when they first arrive because starter pots are designed to serve as a firm platform and ensure that each plant is not unduly heavy.

Sand, mud, decorative slate, stones, or bark, as well as a planter larger than the initial pot, are the materials you’ll need to attach your faux potted plants. The following dimensions are often advised for the planter:

  • For plants that are up to 4 feet tall, the maximum diameter is 8 inches.
  • For every 4 feet of height (8′ tree = up to 24″ planter), the diameter should be 12″.

Here are a few easy steps to take while planting fake plants in a planter:

  • Depending on the height of your planter, remove the foliage. If your planter is deep, fill it up in advance.
  • In the center of the pot, put your silk plant. It will act as the base, so there’s no need to remove it from the beginning pot. Fill the area around the beginning pot with clay or sand if you like the plant’s height. Consider purchasing a wheeled planter if you need to move the silk plant regularly, or use polystyrene chunks in place of dirt or sand.
  • Select a decorative topping for the silk plant, such as artificial moss, bark, or beautiful stones.

How are artificial plants in pots held in place?

A starter container is included with certain fake plants. These create a strong foundation that is both appealing and stable, but in the long run, you might desire something more “you.”

It is frequently necessary to use a planter larger than a starter pot to hold artificial plants in pots. To keep the plant in the container, use sand, ornamental stones, slate, bark, or similar materials. The appropriate size for a pot for an artificial plant up to 4 feet tall is generally agreed to be up to 8 in diameter.

How long do outdoor artificial plants last?

There are many different kinds of fake plants available. Knowing the type of material your plant is made of will help you decide whether or not you can keep it outside. Various materials, from the more resilient plastic and rubber varieties to the more delicate paper, silk, and fabric types, entail different environmental needs.

  • synthetic flowers A common material in outdoor furniture and decor, including coverings, cushions, pillows, and even rugs, is polyester. Due to its toughness, it won’t readily deteriorate and the fibers won’t be easily harmed by outdoor elements like dirt and stone. Additionally, because polyester plants are inherently mold- and mildew-resistant, you don’t have to be concerned that rain will tarnish the plant’s dye or texture.
  • Polymer plants. Keeping them outside is good because plastic is another material that can resist the environment. Plastic is a synthetic material similar to polyester that is frequently used in outdoor furniture components (and other products designed to be kept outdoors for a long time).
  • fake flowers The majority of artificial flowers should not be maintained outside. Genuine silk flowers are exclusively intended for indoor use since they are so delicate (which gives them their authentic look and is why they are so pricey). As enticing as it may be to want to fill a garden with lovely imitation silk that you’ll never have to water, resist the urge (as much as you can) to do so! The fibers and dye will be harmed by rain, sunlight, and outside environments. (Note: Some types of silk flowers can be stored outside; these will receive a specific treatment to keep them weatherproof. Before putting yours outside, make sure they have such a coating. Normally, outdoor-friendly silk will endure for around two months.)
  • UV-treated artificial plants. Many artificial plants may be kept outside and are even made for outdoor use, which is one of their best features. Some plants are pre-treated with a UV spray to prevent fading and keep the plant looking fresh regardless of temperature, weather, or other external factors. Some producers even offer UV treatment spray bottles that can be used to provide further protection for any artificial plant.
  • Paper bushes. Anything made of paper shouldn’t be stored outside, just like silk. A paper plant’s colors might bleed and tear at the first sign of water. Avoid using paper outside; instead, place it on the nightstand in your bedroom or the window sill in your kitchen.

How Long Do Artificial Plants Last Outside?

You can put anything outside if it’s intended for outdoor use, but that doesn’t make it unbreakable. Even the toughest outdoor materials are susceptible to weathering, cracking, fading, and wilting over time. You can anticipate a lifespan of two to three months if your artificial plants are made of weather-resistant silk before you need to replace them. The lifetime of fake plants made of synthetic materials like plastic, rayon, or polyester depends on whether such materials have undergone UV treatment. (If it has had treatment, it should live for a decade or more; if not, it should live for a few years.) The plant, regardless of the material, is more prone to withering and losing its shape and texture if it hasn’t been treated with the UV spray.

Storing Fake Plants Outside

Even if it’s fake, you should still handle and store it with the same care as a genuine plant. Choose outside planters for storage to guarantee that the bottoms of the plants are shielded from the weather by materials like concrete and porcelain.

Do not forget that vases can be used outside! Some vases are made of weatherproof materials including strong porcelain, concrete, and glazed stoneware even though they are not advertised as being used outside. All of these materials can resist the weather; if the vase or planter does not expressly state that it is “for indoor use only,” go ahead and set it on a patio table or ledge. Just remember to bring it inside during very severe weather.

Ideas for Arranging Fake Plants Outside

Not sure where to begin with your new artificial plants or flowers? Allow decorative accents to save the day. (Beautiful things occur when you begin to view your outside space as you do your indoor space!) With these straightforward suggestions, imitation plants and flowers outdoors can seamlessly fit in.

  • outside planters and pots. Place a fake plant in a decorative planter or pot made for outdoor use. To make it appear more realistic, you could even add some new soil at the bottom or a few drops of water on its leaves. Remember the saying more is always better when styling and mix planters or pots together for a varied and fascinating look.
  • genuine plants mixed with artificial ones. Why not incorporate a few false elements into a real garden that is already filled with living plants? Ironically, the vibrant colors and patterns that fake plants come in can make a landscape appear more dynamic. (Another benefit is that the garden will appear fuller without needing more water.)
  • Outdoor equipment (garden signs, stools & more). Not only are outdoor accents like garden signs, stools, string lights, and lanterns for actual plants. If you have a fake garden set up, use any of these as accessories to give it personality (and bring your faux designs to life).
  • For outdoor gatherings, table arrangements for centerpieces and seasonal decor. On a patio table, place a small vase or planter and fill it to the brim with fake flowers. One of the simplest outdoor decoration tips, this can significantly improve how instantly revitalized an outside area feels.