Fake or artificial plants offer several benefits to you such as they are easy to take care of, they do not make a mess, they do not require attention or water, and they look nice. While you may have a plethora of artificial plants in your home, there likely will come a point when you need to store them temporarily due to a move, guests, or even a home renovation. This blog will help you learn how to properly store your artificial plants to ensure they remain beautiful and intact.
Pro Tip: Artificial plants do extremely well in storage units and ARE allowed. Most storage facilities do not allow live plants to be stored in your unit, so keep this in mind too.
Start Out by Cleaning the Plants
Before you place your artificial plants into storage, you want to make sure you clean them. Since the plants are not real, you do not have to worry too much about the products you use on them. However, you do want to make sure you are careful as you wipe down the leaves to prevent accidentally pulling them out.
To clean your artificial plants, follow these steps:
- Dust the plant – if you cannot reach some of the areas to dust, utilize an air can and spray the dust out
- Wipe the leaves – a microfiber cloth works best for this and you can even dip it in a water and soap solution to get the leaves clean
- Let the plants air dry – do not try to dry the plants on your own and simply allow them to air dry
Packing Up the Plants
Many artificial plants come in some type of pot that is usually made from a clay or ceramic, which means that it can easily break if the proper precautions are not taken.
To pack up the plants, grab a sturdy cardboard box that can hold them. If you do not have one that is the size you need, consider asking the storage facility you plan to store your items at if they have any.
Once you have the box, cushion it with newspaper so that the plant’s base will not be disturbed. Remember, artificial plants do not need to breathe, so do not be afraid to pad the box as much as you need to.
Your Storage Unit
You will need to choose a storage unit prior to taking the plant there. It is best to estimate how much you will need to store and then determine the best size unit for your needs. Since the plants are artificial, they do not need to be stored in a climate-controlled unit, which can save you some money.
Placing the plant into storage is easy and can be done quickly, especially with a drive-up unit. Place the box with the plant inside within the unit and make sure not to pack anything too close to it so that the leaves do not get crushed.
See how simple that was? Now, get ready to pack up your plants.