Pet lovers and plant lovers share their love for nature and taking care of things, but when you are both at once, you want to keep your pets’ safety in mind. Some plants are incredibly toxic to pets and can make them very sick. However, not all hope is lost, because there are quite a few popular plants that you might already know of that happen to be a safe option to have inside your house just in case your pet gets a little too curious about it.
- Pilea (Friendship Plant)
A friendship plant is a great choice for a houseplant. It’s trendy, looks adorable, and most of all, easy to take care of. This plant produces many offshoots/babies/pups that you can easily propagate via water or soil.
This plant prefers bright indirect sunlight and temperatures of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to prevent fluctuations or drafts, as you would with any plant. Let it dry out between waterings (make sure its pot has good drainage), and periodically rotate it since this plant tends to reach towards sunlight sources.
The orchid is a beautiful houseplant that is known for its colors and blooms. Because not many flowers are pet-safe, the orchid makes a great option for anyone who wants a splash of color in their home while keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way. Orchids come in many colors, which include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white. The different colors of orchids come with different meanings, for instance, the purple orchid meaning is royalty, admiration, and authority.
It is best to avoid overwatering your orchids, as root rot will happen with soggy soil. Orchids generally require water when the soil is dry. Again, make sure that its pot has adequate drainage. Your plant will thrive best in temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spider Plant
Spider plants are amazing beginner plants that not only look good but are safe for your pets. Its name is “spider plant” because of its spider-like leaves. This plant looks good sitting on a shelf, in a hanging pot, on a desk or bookcase, you name it. Even if your pet does get their claws or teeth in this plant, it will be fine. Spider plants can tolerate more than you think.
Spider plants prefer temperatures of around 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb is to let the plant’s soil dry out between waterings. Make sure that the pot has suitable drainage holes, and know that it’s time to repot if you can see the roots sticking out of them.
- Parlor Palm
The parlor palm is another popular indoor plant that is native to the rainforests of Mexico and Guatemala. Indoors, it reaches from 2 to 6 feet tall, while outdoors the plant reaches heights of an amazing 6 to 16 feet tall. Parlor palms are also easy to take care of as they require low light and don’t have to be watered too often.
Parlor palms prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Water once the top inch of soil feels dry. This is not a plant that you want to overwater. Again, make sure that it’s in a pot with good drainage, and make sure that it has bright but filtered sunlight.
Just remember that even non-toxic plants can make your pet feel sick if they consume enough of the plant. If you have a pet that cannot seem to leave houseplants alone, it may be advisable to stick with outdoor plants. There are endless plants to choose from that you can enjoy, from the beautiful blooms on Cabbage Roses to attracting pollinators and birds with plants such as a Butterfly Bush.