Succulents are still having a “moment” and it is no wonder that they are holding onto their trendiness. They are quite honestly the easiest plants to grow and they have all the benefits of growing a cactus without all the prickliness. One of my favorite aspects of a succulent? They are often so *perfect* in design that you can never tell if they are real or fake.
The end result is that you can combine fake AND real succulents with ease, using fakes to fill holes until the real ones fill in or adding little bits of color to see if you want to drop a few more pennies on the real thing. Think of fake succulents as paint chips testing out combinations.
Tip #1 — Do not combine similar succulents. The one time you can REALLY tell a succulent is fake is when you place it directly next to the same or similar variety. The two red-tipped succulents above are too similar. You can tell the succulent on the left has a bit more “light” and translucency in the leaves. The red-tipping is also a bit more random and spread down the leaves. The succulent on the right is clearly fake for two reasons — the translucency AND that fake stem sticking out the bottom…which leads us to Tip #2: MAKE CONTACT WITH THE SOIL.
Tip #3: Make sure the succulent FITS the planting. In this case, that fake Aoenium is TOO BIG for this collection of plants. The real succulents planted next to it are squished and the overhang off the edge doesn’t look natural at all. THAT SAID, this fake Aoenium is BEAUTIFUL and my favorite of the entire Consumer Crafts succulent collection.
Tip #4 Split REAL and FAKE with another real. Can you tell which succulents are real vs. fake in the arrangement below? The red-tipped succulent on the left is THIS ONE from Consumer Crafts, while the two succulents to the right are both real. Notice there are two red-tipped plants, one fake and one real, and they are split up by a real. It keeps peeps guessing this way!
Remember that hole I tried to fill with the Aoenium?
Well, it is filled now, but with THIS faux agave. See it?
Ready to get started with succulents? Check out the FULL COLLECTION at Consumer Crafts and get excited about this easy-to-grow plant group!
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Hey y’all! I’m Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living! www.anestforallseasons.com