How Do I Choose the Best Artificial Cactus?

Misty Amber Brighton

If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, an artificial cactus might be a good choice for you. You can choose fake cacti that resemble nearly any type of real cactus, so finding one you like can be easy to do. One made of silk or vinyl could be more durable than an indoor cactus made from plastic. The size of this artificial plant is not usually a problem unless you plan to put it on a very small shelf.

Woman with hand on her hip
Woman with hand on her hip

When you are trying to choose an artificial cactus, it can be helpful to view it from different angles. That way, you can see how realistic an indoor cactus looks from many directions. Since you will likely want your fake cacti to look much like real plants do, this can help you eliminate ones that are not realistic. It might also give you a better idea of how to arrange an office cactus because you will be able to place the best side of this plant forward.

An artificial cactus may have prickly spines on it just as a real plant does. These should not be excessively sharp even though you may want them to look like they are. Press your finger lightly against the tip of the spine to see if it is very prickly. Look at it from a distance to see if it comes to a sharp point at the end, because this can make a fake cactus look very much like a real one.

Try to find out how you might need to care for an artificial cactus before choosing one. Many can be dusted with a feather duster or wiped down with a damp cloth. It may be difficult to reach certain areas of an indoor cactus, so it might sometimes hold cobwebs or dust. Think about whether it would be difficult to remove these without being stuck by one of the artificial spines.

Feel free to be adventurous when choosing an artificial cactus, as one of these fake plants may also look nice with other silk or plastic flowers. Some of these may include artificial ferns, hostas, or ivy. You could also choose a decorative pot that has trickling water, marbles, or even a plastic lizard. No matter what type of fake cactus you choose, your choice can add a great deal of charm whether used in your home, on your patio, or at the office.

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