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Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Giveaway - Enter To Win This Silk Flower Arrangement

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Good Reasons To Switch Out Your Office Plants For Artificial Ones

Having a beautiful office with lush plants, trees and some flowers is a very important feature. They add a touch of elegance and give your office a great first impression to your clients. A beautiful floral arrangement in the lobby or a giant tree in the waiting room softens the edges and highlights the décor. There are some benefits of real plants however there is a down side to having real plants in your office.

One of the most obvious down sides to having real plants in your office is of course the cost of maintaining them. Having to water them yourself is sometimes an option if you have a small office but for those with large facilities, you’ll have to hire an outside maintenance crew to come in to water, prune and fertilize the plants and trees. This is ok if you have the money to do this but what most don’t realize is that this also creates an additional security risk to your company. Most services come in after hours and have to have access to every office in the building that needs to be serviced.

Another not so obvious down sides is the fact that small little insects like the moisture in the soil making it an excellent breeding ground for their eggs. This can cause your office to have little bugs flying around the office at certain times of the year. This is only going to cost you extra money to have them eradicated by a pest control company.

If you’re watering the plants on your own be careful not to over water as this may cause staining on the floor or carpet if it leaks out. This is so common and if you move the planters of many office plants you’ll see the damage it causes when they’re over watered.

Over watering causes one more common thing to happen and that’s mold. Mold can form when there is too much moisture in the soil or if you’re in a humid climate. This is not only bad for the plant but it can also trigger allergies and illness in the office to your employees. This is a hidden problem that most never see or think about when they walk by their office plants.

These are the main reasons why many offices are reverting to artificial plants, tree and flowers over real ones. Most people think if you go artificial, you’re losing the quality and realistic appearance. In some cases this may be true specially if you visit your local discount or craft store. Quality Silk Plants has a specially designed line that is of such high quality that you will have to touch them to see if they’re real or not. Our professional designers have years of experience and have put together some of the most elegant artificial flower arrangements, plants and trees available on the market today. Our plants have been featured on TV, amusement parks, high end hotels and many high profile office buildings.

Changing out your real plants for artificial ones doesn’t have to be a huge expense either. Start in one area and work your way around the entire office until you’re done. Our line of pre made and pre fanned out tree and plant arrangements come ready to display right out of the box. Our professional designers arrange and fan out the pieces then securely pack them in an oversize box so all you have to do is open it and set it in place. It’s really that easy. If you would like to keep the planters you have now you can opt to go with our silk plants and trees that are either non potted or potted in a simple planters pot. You will just need to set them in the planters you already have and top them off with some of our artificial moss or rocks. A bit of fanning out and you have the high quality artificial plants without having to worry about the hassles of live ones. Not sure if you can do it? Don’t worry; we’re here to help if you need it. We’ll walk you through the process and offer helpful advice.

To start replacing your real plants with artificial ones take a look at our website and find the style you’re looking for then give us a call if you have any questions or would like some advice. If you’re looking to replace the plants you have with the same style in an artificial version but don’t know what it is, just take a picture and email it to us and we’ll find it for you. We have over 20,000 products to choose from and quality is what we strive for, just read our testimonials from our customers located on our site.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Artificial Plants For Reptile Cages

There is a growing trend in the artificial plant business that many are not aware of. This trend is using artificial plants and succulents to mimick the environment that reptiles and amphibians live in while trying to minimize the cost and upkeep of real plants. As shown in the picture above, this reptile enclosure contains some of our artificial grass, an artificial aloe plant and at the very bottom are two of our 7.5 inch artificial echeveria cactus. This display is at the San Diego Zoo and many of the plants you see in these cages are artificial but most visitors cannot tell they're fake. They serve a purpose of not having to constantly enter the cage to take care of live plants possibly putting the keepers in danger more than is needed. The realistic nature of these artificial plants make them perfect when trying to copy Mother Nature in the wild. They also are very safe for the reptiles allowing for them to move around without danger of getting scraped or cut. The picture above is of a very poisonous viper enclosure so it's very important to keep the maintenance to a minimum.

This picture above is of another reptile enclosure found at the San Diego Zoo. It has some of our artificial desert yucca plants mixed in with some artificial grass and fake tree branches. These have been strategically placed to give the reptiles a place to climb and hide but still be in sight of visitors. When purchasing these items for a reptile or amphibian enclosure you want to make sure they're made of a polyblend plastic material to keep them from leaching color in to the water aspects of the cage. We carry a very large variety of these types of artificial plants to use in these situations so if there is any question at all whether one will be suitable for an enclosure please contact us and we can help you choose the right plants for your project. To see a more detailed image of the ones above feel free to click on them to pull up a larger image.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Artificial Palm Trees Bring The Tropics to Places You Never Thought

Palm trees are a symbol of the tropics and when you go on vacations to places like Hawaii, the Bahamas or even California and Florida you’ll see a plethora of them. The light rustling sound they make while blowing in the breeze while waves crash the shore are what makes for a relaxing vacation. The sound of seagulls and the warm sand between your toes while you sip a fruity cocktail with a colorful umbrella is what many of us covet. Then the vacation comes to an end, we come back to our homes in the areas where palm trees just don’t grow but we want to feel like we’re on vacation for a bit longer before the stress sets in of getting back to the grind of everyday life. This is where artificial palm trees are at their most effective.

Artificial palm trees are becoming more and more realistic with the use of new technology and also using preserved real portions of palm trees such as the coconut bark, banana bark and in some cases real palm trunks supporting artificial palm leaves. The components allow for the obvious fake parts of the trees to become realistic looking by disguising them. There are many types of artificial palm trees, almost as many as Mother Nature herself has created; this includes some outdoor versions that will last for years in the elements. Below are some of the different styles and what type of tropics they represent.

Coconut Palms

• Coconut artificial palm trees are the replica of the coconut palms found in Hawaii and parts of Mexico. Many of them have real coconut bark wrapped trunks to give it an authentic look. They typically have a long trunk with the large palm leaves bursting out of the top like a fountain, generally with a few fake coconuts underneath to finish them off.

Phoenix Palms

• Phoenix artificial palm trees replicate the trees found in parts of the Southwest and sometimes known as the date palm. They are similar to the coconut palm in that they have a long trunk but have smaller leaves sprouting from the top. The canopy is not as wide as a coconut palm so these are very good in homes or offices that have limited space. The trunks on these are smaller in diameter that your coconut palms and many are hand painted because there is so much detail involved.

Areca Palms

• Areca artificial palm trees are made to mimic the trees found all over the tropics and Florida. They generally have multiple trunks with smaller palm fronds sprouting from the bottom and gradually get larger and longer towards the top. This design replicates the effect of new and old growth, just like in nature. Areca palms are a favorite of home decorators because of their versatility and fullness.

Kentia Palms

• Kentia artificial palm trees are similar to the areca however the leaves are larger and in some cases they will have a single trunk. They generally have a wider canopy than the areca palm and are great for setting behind a sofa or anything that could use a backdrop. Coconut bark is sometimes used to disguise where the palm branches enter the trunk area making it a very popular tree in the design world. Traditionally the palm leaves are a dark green which is the most popular in the consumer market.

Fishtail Palms

• Fishtail artificial palm trees are some of the most unique and interesting palms available on the market today. Fishtail palms are found mostly in Asia but because of their beauty they’ve been transplanted all over the world. They get their name because of the extraordinary resemblance of their leaves to a fish tail. You will see some of them that have multiple trunks and some have single trunks with a look similar to a coconut palm. These are very popular because they have a dark green tone and give the feel of luxury and uniqueness.

Rhapis Palms

• Rhapis artificial palm trees have been around for years and continue to be a favorite in the business world. Offices around the globe continue to put these in their décor because it’s hard to tell the real ones from the artificial ones. They real ones were popular because they required very little light and low humidity which is prevalent in many office buildings. They generally have multiple trunks that are wrapped fully in real coconut bark and the leaves are very distinguishable because of their squared off jagged tips. The lush dark green leaves they bear give them a lush tropical look for any home or office.

Making the change from real palm trees to artificial palm trees is what many companies and homeowners are doing today because of the maintenance free option these trees give to them. Offices see the value because they don’t have to hire extra services to water and care for live plants also creating certain security risks giving another service access to the building. It also eliminates the possibility for floor damage and mold due to over watering. Quality is no longer as expensive as it has been in the past as we have circled the earth to find the finest made artificial palms made on the market without having to pay extremely high prices for a custom made tree.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Artificial Plants Home Decor Is The New Trend

Above: Fishtail palm tree and orchid used as artificial plants home decor.

Artificial plants home decor has become more popular and more economical for designers and business owners alike. Many people shy away from them because they have a pre conceived notion that they look cheap and are not fooling anyone. This is simply not the case anymore with the quality of the craftsmanship has them even fooling Mother Nature in some cases. When it really comes down to it the use of artificial plants home decor must look good to you in order for you to be completely satisfied.

While walking through your local craft or discount store you’ll see many types of cheaply made, bulk style trees and plants that scream out that they’re fake. Unfortunately this is what a majority of people see and think that all artificial plants home decor is like this. This is simply not correct in the designer’s world. You may have thought that the very high quality artificial plants that look so real that you have to touch them must have been custom made by an artist that has been doing this sort of thing for years. This is the way it used to be, however one thing is correct, it does take an artistic person to manufacture the high quality ones but you don’t have to be to own them. With technology these days, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the real ones from the fake plants. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas you’ve walked right by some and not even blinked an eye because they looked so real.

Details are the one thing that separates the fake looking ones to high quality artificial plants home decor. When you have real tree trunks or hand painted details on the leaves, this makes it hard to tell if it’s real or fake. Most will touch the plant, tree or flower arrangement to see if it’s real or not. Now these higher quality products are a bit more expensive that your typical discount store however, it really doesn’t matter what it costs if you’re not happy with it. To give you an example a typical cheap 6’ artificial palm tree in a discount store will run about $169, the higher quality version of a similar tree may cost you around $199. As you can see it’s still affordable and makes more sense to go with a higher quality product as it will make you happier with your decor.

Quality Silk Plants has a large variety of some of the highest quality artificial plants home decor that you can buy on the market today. With prices that most anyone can afford, you can have the same quality that used to be only high end designers had access to. Simple little things such as using real plant and tree components in areas of the arrangements to disguise some of the obvious artificial areas make all the difference. They will ship them right to your door and have a guarantee that lets you return them if you are not 100% satisfied for any reason. When done right you can have all the beauty that foliage brings to your home or office without all the bother of maintaining real plants or trees. To see some of our high quality artificial plants home decor click here.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artificial Bamboo Trees – The Most Realistic Of Them All

Bamboo trees are actually not trees at all, they’re a giant grass that grows very fast and is hard to contain. Bamboo flooring is becoming more and more popular because of this. Some types of bamboo can grow up to four feet in a 24 hour period! This is why artificial bamboo trees are not only beautiful but it doesn’t hurt the environment because of its sustainability. If you have the time and energy to grow these then it gives you a tropical beauty only bamboo can give. If you don’t then artificial bamboo trees are the way to go because the most of these trees are made from real bamboo stalks and have artificial leaves giving them the most realistic appearance.
Typically found in Asian countries, parts of Europe and as far south as Northern Australia, different species can grow in hot and cold climates making them the most diverse plant in the world. The most popular for use in home décor have been the Japanese bamboo, black bamboo, bambusa trees and bamboo palms. Unfortunately these are very difficult to keep alive in an indoor environment especially when the trees are in a confined container. Leaves will fall off quickly and there is an extensive amount of maintenance involved even if you have a green thumb. This is why many are reverting to artificial bamboo trees for their decor choice without sacrificing an overall look.

Artificial Bamboo Trees to the Rescue

Most artificial bamboo trees are made with natural bamboo stalks because they naturally preserve themselves and last years without maintenance. Holes are then drilled into the stalk then small stems of bamboo replica leaves are inserted and glued in. Generally you want to see the stalks because it gives them a more realistic appearance but this is up to the individual. Different styles will give your home or office a different look. See some of the most popular varieties below to see how they can fit into your décor.

Japanese Bamboo Trees

This is by far the most popular as they tend to have more leaves than your other styles. The leaves are a smaller leaf and clumped together more. The foliage tends to start lower on the stalks and gradually gets thicker as it moves its way up to the top. To the right is an example of a Japanese artificial bamboo tree. You may also see that the stalks are a smaller diameter than a biggie or the bambusa style; this gives it a more petite look. As you can see the leaf count on these are very high and typically over 2,000 for even the smaller trees. The number of stalks generally starts at around a dozen depending on the manufacturer. These are the easiest of the artificial bamboo trees to set up as they require very minimal fanning of the leaves to make them look natural and lifelike in your home or office.

Black Bamboo Trees

The stalks on a black bamboo tree are very similar in diameter to a Japanese bamboo however they are an espresso to almost black in color therefore giving them their name. The leaves are slightly larger than the Japanese version however they generally have in the thousands when it comes to the number of them on a black bamboo. Black artificial bamboo trees tend to have a more contemporary look as the black stalks contrast or can accent some of the décor you place in the room. These trees give you a very clean organized look when used in pairs or more. Most will have from a half dozen stalks to a large cluster like this one, so it depends on your use and preference. Recently we’ve had many designers telling us they go well with a shabby chic décor.

Bambusa Trees

These types of artificial bamboo trees will have a little more space between the stalks and let more light through. Typically the stalks are larger in diameter than others and will have a larger leaf than the previous two mentioned. These trees are great for areas that you would like to soften the edges but not block off an area from view. These artificial bamboo trees will come in a shorter version such as three to five feet tall. Trunks on these are typically natural and there is a bit more work to get them to look natural because the stem of the branches are longer. It will take longer to shape them and form them to look natural but its well worth it when you finish.

Bamboo Palms

This type of tree is very popular style because of its unique leaf style. The leaf looks almost like a long fish tail making it popular in the design world. Each leaf looks like a larger bamboo leaf but the leaf on the tip are connected toward the bottom as shown in the picture to the right. The stalks on these are typically green so this is one where the stalks may be artificial or a natural stalk will be painted. This doesn’t mean they are not as realistic looking as the natural ones, it just means they may be a bit more expensive because of the higher cost it takes to make them look real. Each trunk will sometimes be hand painted with all the detail of the real thing. Since the stems are longer it will take about 10 minutes to fan them out to get them to look natural.

In conclusion

Artificial bamboo trees are and have been one of the best selling trees next to palms in the decorating industry. Making them look natural takes very little effort and they are great for areas with limited space. As you may know many homes, apartments and offices are operating with limited space but don’t want the place to be bare. These trees fit nicely in corners or on the side of a desk to soften the edges. The average width on most of these trees is around 36 inches so you can see how this makes them one of the most versatile on the market. There are many places you can purchase them online but make sure you ask the questions if the description doesn’t say what type of trunks or how many leaves are on the trees. At Quality Silk Plants we have an array of artificial bamboo trees making us one of the largest suppliers in the U.S.

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Artificial Fruits Discounted

All artificial fruits discounted even further than we have in the past. Huge sale going on right now during summer as we need to clear out space for new inventory that's coming in soon. Our artificial fruits and vegetables look anything but fake. We've even had stories of people picking up the fruit to take a bite and fortunately they realized it before they got it to their mouth. These are not your typical craft store or discount store plastic fruit; these are high quality and highly detailed pieces of art.

Some of the biggest requests we've had is to come out with a fruit or vegetable that not only looks real but feel real also. This is where our weighted line comes in; they are carefully weighted to mimic the feel of when you pick them up. These are great for outdoor events where wind may be an issue. We have a full line of weighted fruit such as apples, lemons, bananas, pineapple and much more.

Artificial strawberries tend to be the most sought after during this time of year. We also carry them in a weighted version and also soft to the touch making them feel like they were just picked from the bush. As fall approaches the artificial apples become more and more popular along with vegetables such as pumpkins and gourds. All year long is the time to decorate and whatever you’re feeling like, you can accomplish with our realistic fake fruits and vegetables for your home.

Planning a special event? We've worked with many event companies and can supply in bulk. For instance we had an event company throwing a lemon themed event at a hotel pool area. They needed not only fake lemons but they needed lemons that would float. We were able to accommodate them with their request along with other lemon items to finish off the decor. Our products have been featured on TV, high end hotels, amusement parks, feature length films and many homes across America.

Even a small bowl on your kitchen counter can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your space. If you're like most people you've gone through many floral and plant arrangements but none of them has given you the satisfaction that your kitchen is complete. Fruit belongs in a kitchen, vegetables belong in a kitchen, so the logical choice is to add this in the replica version so there is no spoilage and having to worry about replacing them every other week at least. Take a look at the kitchen below as all that was done to add a bit of color was to add some artificial fruit in a bowl on the counter. You can get as elaborate as an arrangement as we do carry these too, but if you want to get color for a discount price then use a bowl you already have or pick one up at a local garage sale that catches your eye then throw a dozen or so lemons, apples or bananas in to dress it up.

It really is as simple as that when it comes to decorating your kitchen with a bit of color. Hopefully you can use this as a bit of inspiration and if you decide to put some color in your kitchen then you will want to add some of our artificial fruits discounted to an affordable price without sacrificing quality. To view our selection you can click on the page below to browse one of the largest selections on the internet. Happy decorating and send us your pictures of your projects as we love to see what our customers are coming up with.

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