Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Animal-friendly Plants That Won’t Harm Your Pets

If you keep pets at home, we suggest to reconsider your houseplants. Despite their beautiful appearance and aroma, several plants might potentially be harmful to dogs, cats and birds. The following list consists of top ten pet-friendly houseplants you can keep at home without worrying about the well-being of your pets.  

1. African Violet

AKA Cape Marigold. Make sure this elegant plant receives plenty of sunlight and its roots don’t come in direct contact with water. African Violets produce scentless flowers and due to a lack of wavy, long leaves or large petals, pets won’t get attracted to them.

2. Boston Fern

Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Boston Ferns’ light requirement varies by time of the year. During spring and summer, it’ll be better to place this plant out of the sun; a north-facing window side is the best option. Ferns will require more intense light during fall and winter, hence you’d want them to receive a daily couple hours of direct sunlight. Make sure you don’t leave this plant in constant light or in a shaded area through the whole year.

3. Burro’s Tail

Being a sunlight-lover succulent, Burro’s Tail origins in Honduras and Mexico where it receives plenty of direct sunshine. As the plant grows, its stems will dangle over the pot and may attract curious pets. But you won’t need to worry as the succulent is totally harmless to your furry friends. You can place potted Burro’s Tail on a low surface or a high shelf to display their beauty.

4. Red Calathea

This plant prefers indirect light but to prevent heat damage, you’d want to keep it away from direct sunlight. The ideal place for calathea is west or north east-facing rooms. This rainforest plant is popular due to the color of its leaves and occasionally blooming white flowers. For best performance, moisten the pot soil pretty often but make sure it doesn’t get saturated and damp.

5. Dwarf Mountain Palm

One of the best air purifying plants on this list, is the dwarf mountain palm. This plant is tolerant to various light levels and will function better with indirect light conditions, hence you could place it almost anywhere inside your house, even in the shade. Mountain palm has a super slow growing rate and will not require a lot of watering. You’ll simply need to moisten the soil once it’s dry, but don’t forget the watering sessions! Water deficiency will cause browning of the leaves.

6. Echeveria

A lot of pets are drawn to Echeveria due to its bright color and succulent leaves. Echeveria family consists of numerous species; Therefore, before you consider the plant in your house as pet-safe, check whether it has harmful potentials or not.

7. Maranta

Maranta’s nickname, the Prayer Plant, is due to nocturnal rising of the leaves and moving down during daytime. The glamorous leaves of this plant will do no harm to your pets, so consider Maranta a safe bet!

8. Phalaenopsis Orchids

cats and dogs
cats and dogs

According to the trouble-free nature of Phalaenopsis orchids, these plants have become a popular houseplant nowadays. This orchid has outstanding appearance and has minimal watering and lighting requirements. Keep your plant in proper conditions and it will rewardingly bloom flowers twice a year.

9. Spider Plant

This plant derives its name from the spider-looking baby plants (aka Pups) produced during summer. Compared to the parent plant, the pups are slightly brighter in color. However, the mini-plants will reduce available energy for the mother and you’d want to remove some extra pups from time to time.

10. Vrieseas (Flaming Sword)

cats and dogs
cats and dogs

Vrieseas, famous for producing outstanding and long-lasting spikes, belongs to Bromeliad family. The “sword” like portion of the plant consists of rosy bracts and appears on plants that are at least 3 years old. Bromeliads produce only one bract during their lifespan. However, once the bract is departed, the mother plant will produce baby plants (or pups, to be more specific) from the main stem. You can detach and repot mature pups to grow into an elegant plant.

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