We love to keep our pets safe from harm, and that includes choosing pet-friendly houseplants just in case your beloved pet decides to have much on your perfect petals. Here are ten plants that are non-toxic and safe for pets.
1. Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
The Parlour Palm looks exquisite and only needs a few hours of indirect sunlight per day, so it is a very easy plant to take care of. It'll need to be kept moist, and as it will grow slowly, placing it on a stool or table will make a lovely focal point until it's bigger.
2. Calathea orbifolia
Another plant that doesn't need too much light, so great for houses with less sunlight beaming in. It will require weekly watering and in a room that doesn't get too cold. To keep it in good shape, you could mist it with a water sprayer now and again.
3. African Violet (Saintpaulia)
For a pretty flowering houseplant that is safe for your pet, try the African Violet. It has colourful flowers in many colours, and with indirect light, they will bloom for a long time. Water into a dish beneath the pot allowing the roots to drink what they need and fertilise regularly.
These have an array of colours to choose from, including red, pink and purple. The flowers are stunning, and if you keep the soil moist and in a bright room with indirect sunlight, they will flower for an extended period. Sowing seeds is elementary too.
5. Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
Don't worry; these won't eat your pets like they do with flies! Allow it plenty of direct sunlight and stand in a tray of water (include pebbles if you like) so the soil is constantly moist. If you can use rain or filtered water, even better!
The Peperomia family is considered non-toxic, and with so many to choose from, you could have a houseful. They are very easy to propagate as well. We love the Watermelon Peperomia and the Raindrop variety. Indirect light (direct sunlight will burn the leaves) and low watering levels are needed.
7. Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifuractum)
This is another top pet-friendly plant that can be mounted on a wall for a lovely display. It likes light, not shade and will only need watering depending on how humid your home is. Sometimes just a misting will do the trick to keep it thriving.
The tropical-looking Bromeliad might look like it could be toxic, but the brightly coloured flowers and foliage are safe for your pets. Indirect light is preferable, and some fresh air will keep it thriving. Mist and water it frequently to keep it slightly moist at any time.
9. Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
Noted for being one of the easiest houseplants to care for, Spider plants are low maintenance and forgiving. In the right conditions they will happily provide baby plants to multiply your collection or share with friends.
It's not just humans who love herbs. Thyme, Rosemary and Basil are all safe for pets, so if you place them on a sunny windowsill and your pet decides to try them out, it'll be just fine. Keep herbs watered regularly and at a warm temperature.
If you love your pets and love an urban jungle at home, we recommend buying non-toxic plants. Fill your home with houseplants from our pet-friendly collection.