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7 Houseplants That Are Safe For Your Pets

by | Apr 21, 2021

Robert Markley

Robert Markley is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience working with clients to provide excellence in landscape design, project management, and installation services. He also possesses a rare combination of skills as a horticulturist, licensed Landscape Contractor, and licensed Irrigation Contractor, equipping him to provide a comprehensive and practical approach to any project, big or small. He takes pride in helping our clients envision and create amazing outdoor spaces that are enjoyed now and for years to come.
Having plants in the home can clean the air, add to a sense of calm, and enhance overall wellness. However, pet owners have to be careful which plants they choose as the wrong plant can be harmful to curious pets. While some plants are toxic when eaten, others such as the cactus plant can cause physical harm if a pet tries to chew on it. Here are seven of the best plants that can beautify the home without affecting pets.
Echeveria Succulents

Not all succulents are non-toxic but the Echeveria variants are perfectly safe. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. These plants grow quickly but need moderate temperatures, direct sun, and light watering to be healthy. While they won’t harm pets, their leaves break off easily so it’s best to keep them out of reach.Not all succulents are non-toxic but the Echeveria variants are perfectly safe. They come in a variety of colors and shapes. These plants grow quickly but need moderate temperatures, direct sun, and light watering to be healthy. While they won’t harm pets, their leaves break off easily so it’s best to keep them out of reach.

African Violet Plants

The African Violet is one of the few flowering plants that are considered to be pet-friendly. These plants grow well under moderate light and humidity but it might take some time to get their watering preferences quite right.

Parlor Palm

This plant is easy to care for as it thrives with a few hours of indirect sunlight and light watering. However, the parlor palm can get quite tall so make sure it’s in a sturdy pot that will accommodate its expansion.

 

 

Spider Plant

Considered as a popular non-toxic plant because of its ease of care, this plant works well in low-light areas. It also doesn’t need constant watering. The spider plant is versatile so it makes a great hanging plant if you’re short on floor space. Many experts love it because this plant is also a great air purifier.

 

 

Gloxinia Plant

The Gloxinia plant is another non-toxic flowering option. It requires indirect sunlight and constant watering to be healthy. These beautiful plants are small so they’re a good fit for window spaces.

Bird’s Nest Fern

If you don’t have a lot of light to spare and don’t want a strict watering schedule, the bird’s nest fern might be the ideal plant. Interestingly, the pattern of its leaves varies depending on the amount of light it gets.

Prayer Plant

Known for its beautifully colored leaves, the prayer plant is also considered to be easy to care for. It grows well in low light but high humidity. Ideally, its soil must be well-drained.

 

When plant shopping, ensure that you know all the possible names of the specific plant you’re looking for. Getting the names wrong can result in bringing home the wrong plants and accidentally putting your pets in danger. Depending on the plant, plant food or fertilizer might also be required. In some cases, the plant itself might not be harmful but the fertilizer it uses could be problematic so do your research. To be safe, some experts even recommend keeping non-toxic plants out of reach of pets. However, what if that doesn’t work for your home’s layout or the level of light that plant needs? That’s why it’s important to know all the details about taking care of a particular plant before bringing it into the home. If this sounds like too complicated a project to take on at the moment, perhaps consulting an expert will help. A professional can guide you on choosing the right non-toxic plants for your environment as well as based on the level of care you’d like to provide. That way, you and your pets will be equally happy.

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