Pros and Cons of Artificial Plant Walls

Pros and Cons of Artificial Plant Walls

Mar 25, 2024Richard Woods

A plant wall is a great way to bring the outdoors into your home. But how do you choose between a live wall and an artificial one? There are pros and cons to both, which we dive into in this blog article.

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The Pros

1. No Maintenance

If you love the look of plants in your home, but you just don’t have a green thumb, (or worse, you actually have a black thumb), artificial plant walls are the perfect fit for you.

Artificial garden walls don’t need water or sunlight, which means you don’t have to worry about over or under watering them or setting up an extravagant irrigation system. You also don’t have to worry about putting them in an area with sunlight, having to avoid direct sunlight, or adding a UV lighting system.

The added benefit of this type of plant wall not requiring light is being able to place them anywhere, including a dark room. It also makes it easy to change up the placement of the wall. Bored of having the wall in your living room? No problem, artificial garden walls are relatively simple to move and install.

Artificial plant walls also don’t require the use of fertilisers or pesticides and there is no need to have someone “plant sit” if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. In fact, once the wall is installed, there is nothing left to do. Well, except for a bit of dusting every now and then.

2. Cost Effective

An artificial plant wall reduces initial and long-term costs. The initial set-up of our artificial plant system costs a fraction of the price of a live wall. There are also no long-term costs for maintenance, and since the plant wall doesn’t die there are no replacement costs.

3. Instantly Green and Long Lasting

After installing a live plant wall, you have to wait for the plants to grow, and there is the risk of the plants overgrowing an area without regular pruning. With an artificial wall, there is no waiting.

Your plants are instantly green, which means you can start enjoying them immediately, and since they don’t grow, there’s no pruning.

Unlike live plant walls, an artificial wall never wilts or dies, meaning no dead spots in your garden wall and no need for partial or complete replacement. There is also no clean up during the autumn and winter months when leaves start to fall. An artificial garden wall will provide you with years of enjoyment (and no mess!).

4. No Bugs or Pests

No one likes bugs, especially inside your home on your beautiful flowers. Artificial plant walls don’t attract bugs, and pests like snails are not an issue. This means you don’t have to use any pesticides or worry about ants crawling around on your walls or furniture.

5. Other Benefits

Artificial plant walls work well in places that are hard to reach such as high walls and ceilings. Once the wall is installed, you can simply enjoy it without having to worry about how you’re going to reach the one on your ceiling over your bed with a watering can (which could get messy).

Also, artificial garden walls mimic real plants, so the possibilities are endless. Not to mention good quality artificial walls are virtually impossible to distinguish from the real deal unless you get up close and personal.
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The Cons

Honestly, there aren’t many cons to an artificial wall. The primary con is the fact that the artificial wall can be a fire hazard. Live green plants don’t burn, but artificial ones can. This means you’ll need to be careful about putting candles or other open flames near the wall. This goes for all artificial plants though, not just an artificial wall.

The good news? Our signature Evergreen Panel has been officially awarded a Group 2 fire rating, which means it’s a safe and sound option for your home!

Another con of an artificial wall is the lack of environmental benefits. Since these plants do not collect oxygen, they don’t filter toxins from the air in your home.

Some artificial plant walls can look fake, especially if they are on the cheaper end of the spectrum. Treat your artificial wall like an investment, and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on a quality wall.

Think an artificial wall is right for you? Contact us today to learn how we can add a beautiful green wall to your living space. (02) 8197 3002

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