Add some greenery to your space without sacrificing your pet’s well-being with these five beautiful plants.
Although I’ve shared a household with plenty of pets since I was a kid, it hadn’t occurred to me until I reached adulthood that some plants could be harmful to our beloved pets’ health. Flowers like daffodils can cause severe abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea while a few kinds of lilies can even cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. But just because you have a few furry friends lounging around doesn’t mean you can’t decorate your home with some greenery. Here are five plants that will add color to your pad without risking your pet’s health.
Not only are bamboo palms pet-friendly, they are also used as a natural humidifier, making them perfect for homes in regions with dry climates, or harsh indoor heating in the winter. They also act as a detoxifying plant, removing toluene and xylene from the air. Be aware, however, that while bamboo is generally safe for pets, there are two which are listed as highly toxic to birds: Heavenly and Chinese Sacred Bamboo. Every other kind of bamboo (such as lucky, lotus, etc) is safe.
If you want to add some greenery as well as color, then African Violets will pull double duty to make your house feel like a home. Their petals come in a range of purple hues and are relatively low maintenance provided they have sufficient soil, light (medium to full sun), water (never completely dry) and the occasional fertilizer.
This plant, also known as Christmas cactus, is also low-maintenance — provided it is in the correct environment. They need bright but indirect sunlight, so they should sit on a sunny windowsill as this can stunt growth and potentially burn the leaves. The Christmas Cactus is a tropical cactus, so its soil cannot be completely dry (like dessert cacti). They require well-draining soil, occasional fertilizer and need to be watered between every two to 7 days, depending on humidity.
Also known as a donkey’s, horse’s or burro’s tail (or Sedum morganianum if you want to get really technical), is a non-toxic plant that’s part of the succulent family. They are completely safe for any animal in case of accidental ingestion. They require partial shade or morning sun and soil that drains well. Make sure not to overwater the plant, as the leaves will rot. This plant is perfect if you live in a warm climate area or want to fill up several pots, as it propagates very quickly and easily.
Spider plants (aka Chlorophytum comusum) were given their name because of the spider-like plants that sprout off their many shoots. They grow rather quickly whether they are indoors or out, are adaptable to almost any weather and require very little care. So long as they are given lots of indirect light and well-drained soil, they are forgiving if you occasionally forget to water.
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