How Does Artificial Greenery Weather the Storm and Sun?

Have you ever been lied to?

Maybe you can recall when you bought an artificial plant for your yard after a seller insisted it’s everything-resistant and made to last for years.

Then, after a bad storm, you go outside and get that sinking feeling when you find that same “resistant” faux plant looking like Swiss cheese.

It’s a nightmare. And a betrayal. But it could be your last one.

After reading this blog, you’ll arm yourself with the wisdom to ensure your faux foliage thrives outdoors, even during severe weather. We’ll answer burning questions about putting your artificial plants outside and delve into what makes faux green walls weather and sun-resistant.

Ready to dive into the heart of the issue?

Let’s get to it.

Can You Put Artificial Plants Outside?

Ah, the burning question in everyone’s mind.

The answer?

A resounding yes - but with a caveat.

If you get an everyday plastic knock-off, your faux plant will burn and smoke under the sun like a vampire. But, if you invest in a high-quality artificial vertical garden, you’ll get a meticulously crafted green bundle made from the finest materials designed to brave the elements.

artificial fence panels for outdoor conditionsFor example, if you get your faux plants from a reputable manufacturer that abides by stringent production processes, the product will be weather-resistant. Thus, it will last up to 5 years outside with warranties.

But, if you go the cheaper route and choose a run-of-the-mill artificial green wall, inclement weather will be the least of your problems, as your faux foliage will break down after the first drizzle.

In the end, proper research and upkeep are crucial for longevity, so ask the real questions.

What Makes Faux Green Walls Weather and Sun-Resistant?

So, we’ve established that artificial plants are a viable option for the outdoors. Now, let’s talk about what makes them impervious to sun and weather damage.

The answer is in an ingenious blend of materials and design that fortifies these products to endure the harshest of conditions:

1. Secure Attaching

Your faux green walls are only as durable as you make them. Namely, their longevity depends on how securely you attach the individual panels to the surface. Since you can likely install fake green walls yourself, you have control over how sturdy your panels are.

The best way to ensure each panel is firmly in place is by using screws with washers if you’re working with a cement or metal surface or cable ties wrapped around the panel if you’re dealing with cyclone fences. A secure attaching mechanism is the bedrock of your panels’ resilience, as it will prevent them from detaching and succumbing to strong winds and heavy rainfall.

2. Robust Backing

In order not to worry about your fake vertical wall coming undone, you need to look into whether the product has a good backing. This is a vital component and plays a critical role in making sure that the lugs and plugs used to join panels together maintain their integrity in unfavorable weather.

At Designer Plants, we pay a lot of attention to the grid system that holds our faux green walls together. This grid should never be too thin and flimsy, but it shouldn’t be too thick and hefty either because you won’t be able to work with it. For the best results, the backing should bend without snapping and the lugs should stay connected.

3. UV Protection

Built-in UV protection is one of the first things you should consider before buying an artificial green wall. This is especially true when installing panels in sun-soaked, high UV exposure locations like beachfront properties.

If you see UV resistance in the product description, this means that the fauxliege is equipped with UV-resistant coatings and materials that shield the leaves from the sun’s rays. This protection will keep them vivid and prevent the materials from degrading. As a result, you’ll get artificial green walls that don’t fade.

Our clients have put our artificial living walls in the most challenging locations, like right next to the beach. But, thanks to the UV resistance, our panels were slick as a whistle.

4. High-Quality Materials

Last but not least, the “secret” behind the resilience of a good faux green wall lies in the selection of the materials. Reputable manufacturers choose high-quality plastics or silks not only for aesthetic appeal but for durability, as well.

The best-quality faux greenery contains a blend of synthetic polymers, mainly polyethylene and polyester. These materials make an artificial green wall panel weather-resistant and allow manufacturers to mold and shape the stems and leaves to resemble real plants.

Tips to Ensure Your Faux Foliage Lasts Outside

We’ve arrived at the juncture - your faux foliage under the open sky.

how to protect artificial plants from sun damage

Now that you’ve read about the key aspects of fauxliege longevity, here’s what you can do to ensure your investment thrives for years to come:

Use Extra Fixings

If you’re installing your artificial greenery in a high-wind area or a location with significant exposure to the elements, don’t skimp on the extra fixings. Precautions like these will help your fake green walls remain in place and not come loose during extreme weather conditions. It’s a simple but very effective way to safeguard your new decorative element.

Choose Panels Made for Outdoors

Before you chuck the first pretty faux vertical garden into your cart, read the product description. Read everything, regardless of how long. You’ll find valuable information there, like whether the product is suitable for outdoor use. For example, we clearly state the suitability for outdoor spaces and earmark all UV-protected products.

So, if it’s not outdoors-approved or UV-protected, it should not stay outside.

Clean It Often

Artificial greenery is not an attention seeker, but it does need a wipe-down now and again. To maintain the beauty of your artificial vertical garden, use a gentle approach when cleaning to prevent damage. First, blow away any loose debris with compressed air. Then, spray the panels with water or use a damp cloth to wipe the leaves down and remove the dust. It’s a simple routine, but one you should remember if buying a product.

Look for Certifications

Certifications such as ISO, REACH, and RoHS prove the product’s quality and can attest to adequate safety standards established during manufacturing. ISO certifications, for example, denote a commitment to high production standards, while REACH and RoHS certifications outline environmental and safety regulations. This is how you know you’re buying a high-quality, environmentally responsible product.

If you buy from Designer Plants, we’ve got all of these covered.

Finishing Thoughts

And there you have it - the most effective tips for picking high-quality artificial greenery that looks inclement weather straight in the face without faltering.

This advice will help you understand what makes a faux plant resilient and enable you to create a garden that inspires and perseveres.

If you’ve got any questions, contact our expert team here, and we’ll promptly answer any pressing questions.