House Plants: Pet Friendly Alternatives
As pet owners, we all have a fascination for living things.
Whether they’re walking on four legs or swimming in a tank, that enthusiasm can often encompass more than just those sentient creatures. House plants can be a great way of bringing colour into a home, not to mention purifying the air and providing a lush verdant ambience for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, not everyone will happily co-exist alongside plants, as some common species can often be toxic to animals and children. Plant shops and nurseries don’t often make this distinction super clear, so many pet owners can find out after it’s too late.
Thankfully, there are plenty of house plants that are non-toxic and will pLass safely through an animal’s system without resulting in heartbreak or a hefty vet’s bill. The following house plants are not only gorgeous, but will also survive a nibbling from cats, dogs or rabbits. Of course, whilst they’re not about to do any harm to your beloved furry friends, you may need to keep them a safe distance from away from your pets if they end up getting a taste for your new foliage:
There are few hanging plants that can match this ‘forest cactus’ for its languid, jungle like appearance. Although it might not look like it, this is a ‘spine-free’ cactus, which is usually found growing amongst the trees of the Bolivian forest. Once they’re hanging in their pot, they’re relatively easy to look after. This hanging plant needs to be watered sparingly and left in bright direct to be happiest.
Commonly known as a ‘spider plant’ or ‘airplane plant’, this distinctive perennial flowering plant is native to southern Africa but can now be spotted all over the world, even in Australia. Breeds of chlorophytum have been proven to be pet friendly, but also have the added benefit of air purifying qualities. In the late 40s, American scientists discovered that this plant would filter out substances such as formaldehyde if left in an enclosed room.
This hardy grass species is sometimes referred to as ‘foxtail barley’ is a hardy grass that calls its home in North American, but will happily grow in a large 2m pot should you wish to bring the grasslands of the US into your living room. In order to flourish it’s important that this plant has plenty of sunlight and the opportunity to grow with lots of water.
This popular house plant staple is another example of an American plant doing good, and you’ll find it in waiting rooms, living rooms and greenhouses all over the world because of its generous size and lush foliage. They’re more likely to grow as part of a shrub, as opposed to a single plant, which leads to attractive bunches of leaves, perfect for nestling in bright, indirect light.
This South American native is sometimes known as the ‘money tree’ and whilst we can’t promise that it will bring you prosperity, it’s a great plant to keep in houses that aren’t blessed with a lot of light. As the ‘money tree’ originates from dark, moist jungles it can happily flourish in gloomy environments, however it’s still a good idea to water it once a week, so that it maintains it big green, waxy leaves.