Have you been wondering if you should try Temu’s cheap silk flowers? Wondering how they compare to what you can find locally? Are their prices too good to be true? Well, I took the plunge. Threw caution to the wind and ordered some. Here is my review and comparison of the Temu silk flowers I bought.
But first, for the purpose of this post, let’s set aside any controversy or conspiracy theories about Temu (and, for that matter, Hobby Lobby, to which some of the flowers are compared). Okay? If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re at least willing to give them a try. I’m neither endorsing nor trashing Temu, although a couple of the links to the flowers are affiliate links. Still, please no comments bashing the company itself. You can bash the items you bought, but we’ll leave the political type controversy alone. Thank you.
I ordered from the app, but chose the items by shopping on my laptop. I liked the larger screen for decision making. But there was some kind of promotion, isn’t there always? Maybe it was $25 off a $50 purchase, for using the app. It only took about 8 days for the order to get here which surprised me. I was prepared for 2 weeks.
This post has a lot of pictures. I hope they load fast for you. The screenshots of the partial order pages do have links to the actual items I ordered. Two are affiliate links. The rest are just regular ol’ links.
Let’s start with lamb’s ear picks. I couldln’t find this particular item on the site today.
They were a paler green than I was expecting. The quality was….. enh. Not horrible, not great. I’d give them a 5 out of 10. They were the only flowers of everything I ordered that were packed in a box.
They weren’t of great quality, but usable. See the piece on the right in the picture above? It was off one of the stems and when I tried to stick it back on, it was too loose to stay. I can still use a dab of glue, so not exactly a deal breaker. Also, on the picture below, you can see the stems weren’t wrapped well.
Comparing Temu’s lamb’s ear pick to the Hobby Lobby lamb’s ear pick, Hobby Lobby is the clear winner.
Next up is just some filler ferns.
(These are no longer available.) They’re small and the ad shows that pretty clearly, but they’re decent. A couple of fronds were unattached. I’d rate them a 7 out of 10. They look nice when several of them are in a vase or in a corner of a shelf, and of course, they’d be nice amongst other flowers. I didn’t have any others on hand to compare to.
Moving on to a flower bunch.
Again, I didn’t have any others to compare to. This bunch was fairly small, but nicely full. It is pretty, the colors are nice. It has some plastic fillers along with the silk flowers, but the plastic is not ugly. The only things silk are the flowers and the large green leaves.
Here it is in a 7″ tall vase. I kinda think I’ll keep it in there.
I’m not unhappy with this. It gets an 8 out of 10.
While we’re doing flower bunches, let’s take a look at these.
The ad, at that time, called them hydrangeas. 20 heads of them. Huh? They look a whole lot more like carnations or asters than hydrangeas. But I could see that in the ad photo, so I knew what I was getting.
The color I chose is in the same color family as the previous bunch/bush, but the flowers are smaller and it has a LOT more plastic fillers. You really need more than one to make a decent looking bouquet – which the ad photo did quite well. And maybe those plastic buds/thingies need cutting out.
Here it is in that same 7″ vase, but with two bunches together. Still not so very full. Rating? 6 out of 10.
Let’s do lavender now. These are plasticky and shed. Badly. I give them a 1 out of 10.
They compare closely to some I got at WalMart, only smaller. Much, much, much smaller.
And now, the main reason I ordered any flowers at all. Hydrangeas.
They’re so expensive at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I was hoping to find an inexpensive substitute. I’m not at all unhappy with these. The colors are very pretty and they’re probably more lifesize. At least compared to the ones on my bushes.
They came flattened out in a package, but were easy to just smush down with the palm of my hand to fluff them out.
Let’s see how they compare to Dollar Tree (which is what I was expecting) and Hobby Lobby:
I’d give the hydrangeas a 9 out of 10.
So, would I order again? Mayyyyybe. There are several reasons I might not.
- One, I’m impatient. I’m not a big online buyer. I want things yesterday, even if it takes me 3 weeks to get in my car and go get something, I want it when I want it. So there’s that.
- Another, I will always prefer to find something at a yard or estate sale if at all possible. There are a myriad of reasons for that
- And… well…. I deleted the app. Juuuuust in case…. you know…. the conspiracy theories have a grain of truth in them. I mean, I don’t want them knowing I check my Etsy shop 10 times a day or that I scroll through Facebook, but rarely comment or that I look to see what other online resellers are selling or that I’m trying to figure out what to do with my patio or living room or kitchen, or that I’m desperate to figure out how to make a pair of pants that fit, or that I look on realtor.com for my dream home in my price range every single day….. You know. They don’t need to know all that! Ha!
I hope this has helped you make a decision to try or not Temu’s silk flowers.