How to Use Fake Plants Outdoors

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Fake or artificial plants have multiple outdoor applications and benefits for homeowners. The realism of manufactured plants and trees means you can integrate your favorite plants into your landscape without detection. The fake plants are sold in weighted pots or unpotted. Artificial outdoor plants are low-maintenance, eliminate the need for special insecticides, fertilizers and plant care, sicj as pruning and shaping. Fake plants allows you to fill your landscape or terrace area with species that normally could not grow in the climate or conditions of your yard. Artificial plants that are manufactured for outdoor use will have been infused with UV inhibitors which protects the plant from the UV rays of the sun that cause fading. Your fake outdoor plants should last in your landscape for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Artificial plant, shrub, tree
  • Shovel
  • Heavy gauge wire, 16-12 gauge
  • Pliers
  • Cement
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Optional--pots, containers, planters

Unpotted

  • Determine how much of the stem or trunk of your fake plant you want buried in the ground. Smaller artificial plants, under 6 feet tall, do not need to be set into the ground as deep as tall artificial trees do.

  • Wrap heavy gauge wire around the stem or trunk part that will be underground. Have 3 to 6 inches of wire protrude out from the stem or trunk on each side. This will help stabilize your fake plant in the concrete, later. You can make several wire wraps with protruding ends on the base of the plant for more stability.

  • Dig a hole as deep as you have decided the fake stem or trunk should be in the ground. The hole should be as wide as the protruding wire ends. Since fake plants do not require any special soil, sunlight, and other necessities that living plants do, you can select any area of your landscape for your fake plants.

  • Mix the cement in a wheelbarrow with water, according to the directions on the cement bag.

  • Pour, or shovel in, the cement into the hole you dug for your fake plant. The cement should be 2 to 3 inches from the top of the hole.

  • Place your fake plant into the cement-filled hole so it is straight and positioned exactly as you want it to appear in your landscape. Larger trees may need to be secured and kept straight by driving two or three stakes in the ground, away from the cement hole, and attaching heavy string or rope to the fake tree and stakes until the cement sets up.

  • Add soil or decorative mulch around the base of your fake plant and on top of the cement to give it a natural appearance.

Potted

  • Use a shovel to dig a hole as large as the weighted pot your fake plant is in. The hole will need to be 2 or 3 inches deeper than the pot so you can add mulch or soil over it later.

  • Place the weighted, potted artificial plant into the hole. Make sure the plant is level and set straight.

  • Fill in the hole with soil and pack the soil tight to hold the weighted pot in place.

  • Add decorative mulch or soil around the base of the planted potted artificial plant.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the same in-ground planting techniques for planting your artificial plants in containers and planters.
  • For smaller fake plants, you can use nails in the stem in place of wrapped wire.

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