How to Protect Artificial Plants Outside

How to Protect Artificial Plants Outside

For many people, part of having a beautiful garden includes having eye-catching plants that makes the area feel homely, lively and fills the empty spaces. However, not everyone is blessed with a green thumb to keep unique plants alive. For those, artificial plants are generally preferred over real plants. But can you put artificial plants outside? And how do you prevent them from fading and cracking? Well, today we are gonna tell you how to protect artificial plants outside in your garden.


Firstly, can I put artificial plants outside?

Yes you can, but it does depend on how the artificial plant is treated and where you plan on keeping them. A climate-controlled room is ideal for fake plants, because they don’t usually come prepared for the wear and tear of outdoor use. Even so, you can put your prized fake plants outdoors if you go about it the right way and understand how to protect artificial plants outside.

The most common issues when it comes to placing artificial plants outside, is that their colour can fade, they get dirty quickly and the leaves can crack. So here are a few tips and tricks so you know how to protect artificial plants outside.

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Our tips on how to protect artificial plants outside

An untreated artificial plant that is kept in full sunlight will fade and crack over time. Having UV-treated artificial plants, however, gives them the best chance of surviving those hot, dry summer months.

To do this, use a can of UV protection spray to dust the leaves, stems, blooms and other parts of the plant. Because fake plants are generally already waterproofed, a good UV resistant spray will effectively weatherproof the plants for you and create a nice protective layer that allows you to place your artificial plants outside. Unfortunately, Koch & Co does not stock UV protection spray at this stage.

How do you keep artificial plants from fading outside?

In order to prevent artificial plants from fading outdoors, start by removing any debris from your artificial plants. You can use a can of compressed air to effectively remove the debris, or you can use a hair dryer on a low setting. Once you have removed the excess, you can grab a clean feather duster, and with a gentle touch, manually remove the remaining debris.

You then need to limit the amount of full sun the plant receives. Your best option is to display the artificial plants under an awning or patio where they will receive the most shade. We also recommend turning the plant regularly so if any fading occurs it will be evenly spread rather than on one side.

How do you clean dirty artificial plants?

Once you’ve figured out how to protect artificial plants outside, you will still need to care for them like you would with real plants. Just like anything else that is exposed to the outdoor elements, they are likely to get dirty and dusty – so to keep them looking their best, you should know how to clean dirty artificial flowers and plants.

In order to safely clean these plants, be sure to handle them gently as they may already be weakened from being exposed to the outdoor elements. Regular cleaning is important as the longer you let the dirt build up, the harder it is to remove.

There are products, such as the Design Master Silk Flower Cleaner, which are waterless solutions to remove dust and small particles from silk flowers and plants. These products are great for silk flowers as some colours may run if they get wet.

Alternatively, a gentle method for cleaning artificial plants is to use a light touch and non-irritating cleaning materials such as gentle dish soap. One of the easiest and most common methods is to fill a sink or bowl with room temperature water and add some dish soap. Then, just move the leaves around inside of the soapy water and remove it again, blotting it dry.

Another alternative is to spray a diluted mixture of vinegar and water on the leaves before letting them air dry. Before spraying the entire plant, it’s best to test the spray on a small leaf first to ensure the colour doesn’t fade.

Will silk flowers last outside?

Silk flowers will typically only last around two or three months in direct sunlight if they are placed outside without being treated. After this time, you may notice that they begin to crack and fade. If you know how to protect artificial plants outside, then silk flowers can be preserved for much longer.

By understanding how to protect artificial plants outside, they can have their place in your garden, as well as inside. With these tips in mind, you can shop our wide range of artificial plants, artificial flowers and florist supplies online today and enjoy peace of mind that you will get the most out of our beautiful selection for seasons to come.

People also asked:

What are artificial flowers made of?

Artificial flowers can be made from a number of different materials. These include everything from cotton, rubber, latex, sateen, silk, rayon and more.

How to pot artificial plants and flowers?

Take a brick of dry floral foam and cut it down to a size that fits in your pot. Arrange the flowers and greenery how you would with fresh flowers, and insert the stems into the foam.

Are artificial plants out of style?

Artificial plants never go out of style. If you arrange them well and do your part to keep them clean, hardly anyone will tell the difference. They’re a great way to add greenery to any space.

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13 Responses

  1. Theresa

    Hi, I just read your article on artificial plants and have a question.

    I have artificial large palms that are going outside BUT they are made from polyester. What kind of spray do I use?

    I hear Kyron UV spay is good but not sure on polyester. Is it a material? Is it plastic? Feels like plastic


    1. Koch

      Hi Theresa,
      Thank you for your question on our recent article!
      Polyester material is a synthetic polymer and is from the plastic family. We would recommend contacting the manufacturer or reseller of the UV spray before buying it to make sure it is suitable to protect your artificial plants and that it won’t damage them.
      We hope this helps!

    1. Koch

      Hi Helen,
      Thank you for reaching out. Artificial plant leaves are plastic and most UV sprays will work on non-porous material.
      It is always good practice to test your spray on one leaf for results before spraying the entire plant.
      We hope this helps!

  2. Angie E

    How do I prevent the red dye in artificial poinsettia from running. I used them previously and when it rained the dye stained my son’s headstone. It took forever to get it off and I don’t what this to happen again.

    1. Koch

      Hi Angie,
      Thank you for your question. Depending on the manufacturer, some artificial flowers don’t age well outdoors when they are exposed to the light and rain.
      In order to minimise the dye running off, we would recommend spraying your artificial poinsettias prior to displaying them outside with a fabric waterproofing spray or a protectant spray for outdoor fabrics and furniture.
      We hope this is helpful.

  3. Julie Hurd

    Hi there
    I know this probably sounds like a strange question.
    I would like to create a large faux flower display in a bath that will be located outside a showroom for display purposes. I’m planning on using a large amount of boston ferns, hydrangeas, fern bush and amaranthus, to cover the top of the bath. It’s a high traffic area, so we don’t want the plants to be stolen. Could you please recommend the best way of completing this? I’ve been told that cement or concrete would be the best and cheapest option, then spraying with a UV protectant, I was also told to make a plywood frame within the bath, then place the plants through a piece of plywood and glue them, so I’m a little confused.
    Any advise would be most appreciated
    Kind regards

    1. Koch

      Hi Julie,

      Not to confuse you any further, both ideas sound fine to me.
      When you say “high traffic” and “not get stolen” it puzzles me. I have rarely ever seen flower or greenery displays being tampered with.

      If you do not want the flowers and ferns to be pulled out of the displays, then which ever way you go, run a layer of chicken wire over the top of the surface you will be sticking the flowers into. This makes it harder to put the flowers in and harder of course to pull put.

      Secondly, I would use Styrofoam. Dense Styrofoam / Polystyrene is reasonably hard to push into hence difficult to pull the flowers out of.
      Polystyrene is light and you can cut an mould to form. E.g. https://www.koch.com.au/buy/polystyrene-sheet-120x60x5cm/sf and use a cutter similar to https://www.koch.com.au/buy/wire-hot-cutter-for-styro-foam-30x30x250mm/cuhw and a long blade knife to shape and/or hand held jig saw.

      In summary, your base would be Styrofoam and roll chicken wire flat over the top. Then push your flowers and ferns into this. Spray with UV protection.
      On an aside note, don’t expect any UV protection to make any surface last against the strong Australian sun or ever.

      We hope this is helpful.

  4. Laurie

    I have artificial ferns I am going to place in tall urns in my covered front porch. Any suggestions on how to secure the ferns in the pots so they don’t blow away in a heavy storm?

    1. Hi Laurie, we recommend placing dry floral foam into the urn and then pushing the ferns deep into the foam. Then in a noughts and crosses pattern, tape the foam to secure it to the urn. For this process, we recommend using either pot tape, which is narrow slit gaffer tape, or wide gaffer tape. This tape is waterproof and should hold the foam and ferns in place.

    1. Hi Kerry, unfortunately, we currently don’t have any artificial trees that can be used in full sun. If left out in the elements for too long the tree would fade and become damaged. We suggest keeping your artificial trees undercover or indoors to keep the product protected.
      Kind regards,
      Koch and Co

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