How to Protect Artificial Plants Outside?

How to Protect Artificial Plants Outside?

For many people, part of having a beautiful garden includes having eye-catching plants that makes the area feel homely, lively and fills the empty spaces. However, not everyone is blessed with a green thumb to keep unique plants alive. For those, artificial plants are generally preferred over real plants. But can you put artificial plants outside? 


However, please keep in mind that Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world. In fact, we Australians are exposed to up to 30% more UV than Europeans. In the following article we share our experience and some useful tips to help you to protect and extend the lifespan of your artificial plants outside.


  • Can I put artificial plants outside?
  • How do you protect artificial plants outside?
  • How do you keep artificial plants from fading outside?
  • How do you clean dirty artificial plants?
  • Are artificial plants out of style?

Firstly, can I put artificial plants outside?

🌿Yes you can, but it does depend on how the artificial plant is treated and where you plan on keeping them. A climate-controlled room is ideal for artificial plants, because they don’t usually come prepared for the wear and tear of outdoor use. Even so, you can put your prized evergreen plants outdoors if you go about it the right way and understand how to protect them outside.

🌿The most common issues when it comes to placing artificial plants outside, is that their colour can fade, they get dirty quickly and the leaves can crack. So here are a few tips and tricks so you know how to protect artificial plants outside.

Our tips on how to protect artificial plants outside

🌿An untreated artificial plant that is kept in full sunlight will fade and crack over time. Having UV-treated artificial plants, however, gives them the best chance of surviving those hot, dry summer months.

🌿To do this, use a can of UV protection spray to dust the leaves, stems, blooms and other parts of the plant. Because artificial plants are generally already waterproofed, a good UV resistant spray will effectively weatherproof the plants for you and create a nice protective layer that allows you to place your artificial plants outside.

🍀🍀🍀Ecotree AU use 303 Aerospace UV Protectant Spray on our premium outdoor collections to provide extra protection against particular harsh UV ray in Australia. When we tested and compared different UV protective products in the market, we found this to be one of the most effective treatments. 303 Aerospace UV Protectant provides safe and excellent extra UV protection on our products and can also be used for any outdoor furniture and similar items.

🌿We would highly recommend that you use this great product regularly (spray every 3 - 6 months) on your lovely artificial trees, hanging plants or evergreen feature wall or discs if they are in direct sunlight. This treatment will provide a protective layer maintaining your artificial greenery for as long as possible.

How do you keep artificial plants from fading outside?

🌿In order to prevent artificial plants from fading outdoors, start by removing any debris from your artificial plants. You can use a can of compressed air to effectively remove the debris, or you can use a hair dryer on a low setting. Once you have removed the excess, you can grab a clean feather duster, and with a gentle touch, manually remove the remaining debris.

🌿You then need to limit the amount of full sun the plant receives. Your best option is to display the artificial plants under an awning or patio where they will receive the most shade. We also recommend turning the plant regularly so if any fading occurs it will be evenly spread rather than on one side.

How do you clean dirty artificial plants?

🌿Once you’ve figured out how to protect artificial plants outside, you will still need to care for them like you would with real plants. Just like anything else that is exposed to the outdoor elements, they are likely to get dirty and dusty – so to keep them looking their best, you should know how to clean dirty artificial flowers and plants.

🌿In order to safely clean these plants, be sure to handle them gently as they may already be weakened from being exposed to the outdoor elements. Regular cleaning is important as the longer you let the dirt build up, the harder it is to remove.

🌿There are products, such as the Design Master Silk Flower Cleaner, which are waterless solutions to remove dust and small particles from the plants. These products are great for silk flowers and plants as some colours may run if they get wet.

🌿Alternatively, a gentle method for cleaning artificial plants is to use a light touch and non-irritating cleaning materials such as gentle dish soap. One of the easiest and most common methods is to fill a sink or bowl with room temperature water and add some dish soap. Then, just move the leaves around inside of the soapy water and remove it again, blotting it dry.

🌿Another alternative is to spray a diluted mixture of vinegar and water on the leaves before letting them air dry. Before spraying the entire plant, it’s best to test the spray on a small leaf first to ensure the colour doesn’t fade.

 Are artificial plants out of style?

🌿Artificial plants never go out of style. If you arrange them well and do your part to keep them clean, hardly anyone will tell the difference. They’re a great way to add natural vibes to any space.