Wholesale Artificial Flowers

By: John Garcia | Date Posted: July 16, 2022

In addition to their large variety and various materials, wholesale artificial flowers can be difficult to choose from because they all have benefits and drawbacks. Artificial flowers that are as realistic as possible are what we look for at wholesalers.

Raw materials and manufacturing processes are the primary factors that determine artificial flower prices. Labour costs in China and Thailand are relatively low, which is why artificial flowers are mostly brought into the USA from there.

Due to the base material and the manufacturing process, what may be a pretty inexpensive freshly cut flower can become extremely expensive as a false copy. If you can’t get your hands on fresh flowers, artificial flowers can be a good alternative, although the price of artificial flowers isn’t always competitive with fresh flowers.

Don’t forget the stems when purchasing artificial flowers since they make the flowers look more realistic. In this case, taped wire stems are preferred when placed amongst other flowers, since they can be hidden behind traditional latex and silk stems.

Silk and latex stems have a plastic coating, whereas foam stems are coated with tape and are more visually appealing when placed amongst other flowers.

Here’s what you need to know about artificial flowers

Artificial Flowers

Silk flowers

Silk Flowers 1

It is believed that silk flowers were first made in China centuries ago, but the knowledge didn’t reach Italy until the 12th century.

Our first choice when buying silk flowers as they are so realistic, and they are always very popular due to the fact they look so real. It is true that silk flowers are more expensive than fresh blooms, but don’t let this discourage you, they last for a much longer time.

These days, silk flowers are typically made from fabric such as rayon, polyester or cotton instead of silk, allowing manufacturers to add details like veins and details to leaves.

Some stems have flocking applied, such as gerberas, and roses can have thorns to better mimic a fresh bloom. The stems vary from dark green thin stems that are fine if they won’t show up as well as more realistic fleshy stems.

We begin by buying plant material that is plain white rayon or polyester, which is prepped and then dyed in basic petal shapes, which are then molded for more realistic shapes and forms, which can then be finished off by hand for even more details and colors.

Because silk flowers are heated in manufacturing, they are less likely to fray than other fabrics. Fraying does occur, but it is usually minor and not a severe problem.

It is well worth considering silk flowers instead of fresh blooms since they are available in so many different shades and varieties.

Latex flowers

A latex flower is made from a mold of a living plant or flower, so the flowers look very realistic. The lack of uniformity in the outlines of flowers and veins in petals is apparent due to the liquid nature of latex.

Traditionally, suppliers refer to latex flowers as real touch or fresh touch, but this is not a trading name. Latex flowers are described as real touch or fresh touch by individual manufacturers.

When made to resemble a fresh flower with fleshy petals, they look most convincing when they have thicker petals and realistic stems. Calla lilies, oriental lilies, orchids, and roses are usually available.

Although other varieties are becoming increasingly common, you will have to search a little harder for them. People with latex allergies should not use them in bouquets.

Foam flowers

As with all artificial flowers and foliage, quality can vary, they are usually available in a good range of colors and shapes. You’ll most likely find roses in these colors though wholesale suppliers also stock peonies, carnations, and calla lilies.

The majority of foam flowers are now colorfast, unlike when they first appeared on the market. You should check the fabric before you buy, especially if it is used in bridal designs, as you don’t want your best outfit stained.

As they aren’t the most attractive and certainly not at all realistic, They are the best ones to use if they are mixed with silk flowers so that the stems can be hidden.

However, buttonholes are very popular with these, and they are very easy to work with. It is a good idea to hide the stems or bind them with ribbon if you have never made a bouquet with artificial or fresh flowers before.

Plastic Flowers

They are perfect outside, however, they aren’t realistic in bouquets or arrangements. It is common to find plastic flowers on Christmas wreaths, usually in brash colors.

Plastic flowers also look more realistic if the flower has a waxy or silky appearance, whereas plastic also gives a more realistic appearance than the standard silk alternatives, which have dull matt finishes.

Smaller clusters work best due to the ability to achieve more detail than can be produced on the whole with silk flowers. Plastic flowers are also a good choice if the natural flower has a silky or waxy appearance.

Plastic flowers with silk leaves are also available, and some foliage is coated with flocking, such as asparagus fern and dusty miller with a furry surface.

It’s important not to overlook plastic flowers and foliage, which can add texture to any design by acting as fillers.


In terms of artificial flowers, what is the best material?

The most realistic flowers silk ones. These are made from a cotton and polyester blend fabric that has been dyed, heat molded, and meticulously detailed. The soft matte finish mimics the movement of real flower petals thanks to the material’s soft matte finish.

Artificial flowers vs. silk flowers: what’s the difference?

Plastic and nylon are often used in the production of fake flowers. Silk and latex are often used to make more realistic flowers and plants. The quality of artificial flowers depends on the price. It is often cheaper to buy artificial flowers of lower quality than silk flowers.

Thank you for reading!


John is the founder and chief editor of Homienjoy. With over 15 years of experience in the home improvement industry, John is passionate about helping homeowners confidently tackle their projects. Holding a civil engineering degree and working as a contractor, project manager, and consultant, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Homienjoy community.

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