Pet Safe Plants for Your Home
Pets have been a part of families for thousands of years and our attachment to these animals is as strong as ever. Americans alone own over 78 million dogs and 85 million cats across the 50 states. For as long as people have been living with pets we have also been living with plants. In fact, the Chinese were growing plants in their homes for ornamental purposes as early as 1,000 BC when indoor plants were seen as a symbol of wealth. The number of species of plants grown as houseplants has increased many times over since then, although not all plants are as friendly to pets as we humans are. When your pets are your family, keeping them safe is your top priority.
Some houseplants are notoriously toxic to our furry friends but the number of toxic plants is minute compared to the number of pet-friendly plants. I’d like to touch on a number of plants that have been found to be “pet safe”.
Pet Safe Plants for Your Home
I’m always finding new reasons to love the cast iron plant. This plant does well under just about any condition in the home. Cats and dogs may be tempted to chew on the large leaves but it's non-toxic and won’t cause any harm to them.
These beautiful and easy to care for plants are considered to bring luck to the owner. Luckily for Fido, it will cause no problems if he gets curious and takes a nibble.
Boston ferns have been grown in homes for hundreds of years. They clean the air and add a tropical look to any home. Grow these with confidence that your pets will be safe.
All members of the calathea family have been proven safe for pets. They are easy to grow and quite colorful.
Ponytail palm’s best quality is how easy it is to grow. As long as you don’t overwater it, the plant is virtually indestructible. It’s a slow grower that’s perfect for just about any room of the home. If you often forget to water your houseplants, this is the plant for you and your pets.
Rabbits Foot Fern is a houseplant named for the furry rhizomes that form and grow above the soil and produce the delicate-looking lacy fronds. In general, this fern likes to stay moist but does not like to sit in water. It does best in low to bright indirect light.
Originating from Southwest China, The Chinese Money Plant, or Pilea pepermioides, is famous for its lure of bringing good fortune, money, and abundance to its owner. You might also say this plant brings good fortune to pets as its completely safe.
This palm has been popular since Victorian times it has kept peoples fancy through its easy care and ability to thrive in low light and humidity level. This plant is also very efficient at cleaning the air of toxins.
Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your home. This Arbequina Olive is revered as both a table olive – for its mild, buttery and lightly fruity flavor – as well as an oil olive for its high oil concentration.
Spider plants have been an indoor gardening classic for years for many reasons. It's easy to care for. It isn’t picky about light or humidity levels. Its best quality is it's a cat- and dog-friendly plant. A fan of pots and hanging baskets, this happy-go-lucky plant will thrive anywhere in your home.
Majesty Palm is a low light loving, slow growing, low maintenance houseplant that serves as a focal point or accent indoors. Bearing long green, regal fronds, Majesty Palm is perfect for gracing any indoor space.
Here are some tips for keeping your plants safe when you have pets.
- If you are worried about your pets eating your houseplants, place the pots on tall sturdy plant stands. Decorative plants stands or tables are an attractive way to display houseplants while keeping them out of your pet's reach.
- Place as many of your plants as possible on high, inaccessible window ledges or on top of tall cabinets. Mounting hanging baskets from the ceiling is also a good option.
- One of the easiest ways to make sure that your pets are protected from your plants is to keep them separated from each other. If you have a room that your pets are not allowed in, think about putting most of your plants in that room.
- One of the main reasons pets are attracted to houseplants is their love of digging in the soil. Consider covering the soil in your pots with decorative gravel. Gravel comes in many shapes and colors which makes them easy to match with any home décor.
The ASPCA has compiled a complete list of not only indoor plants that are safe for pets but outdoor plants as well. Click this link to discover what plants are safe for your furry friends.
Until next time, see you in the pet-friendly garden,- Woodie