If you live with pets, be it dogs or cats (or other animals) and you also love plants, you have a problem. And it is that some of the most famous are toxic for your “roommates”. Fortunately, there are also plants suitable for pets.
For this reason, on this occasion, we want to give you some ideas of plants that you can have that will not harm your pet’s health. Of course, remember to protect them because many animals have a “soft spot” for plants and end up biting them or playing with them.
We start with a well-known pet friendly plant and it is that in professional photos of rooms such as living rooms, hallways, entrances, etc. it is the one that decorators have used a lot.
Indeed, you should know that it is one of the favorite plants of Nordic decoration and that is why it has been fashionable in recent years.
It is a plant that does not harm your pets and does not grow much. It doesn’t need a lot of watering either, only light, but not direct.
In this case, we are not showing you a specific calathea but several. And it is that almost all calatheas (makoyana, orbifolia, triostar…) are suitable for living with pets. You can even put it in your bedroom as they also purify the air and help you sleep better.
Of course, they are a bit capricious and that is that if you exceed the watering or do not reach their minimum, they begin to deteriorate. If it gives them a lot of light, or does not reach the minimum, the same. For this reason, you often have to “practice” until you get the point.
It is one of the most beautiful plants that can be found in the plant kingdom. And it is that, if you have already seen it, it is a kind of hanging plant and vine. But what is most striking are its heart-shaped leaves.
Apart from being among the pet-friendly plants, it is also one of the hardiest plants, it’s okay if you forget about it as it will hold up well. Indeed, it practically does not need to be watered and you can take advantage of light or partial shade and it will remain just as beautiful.
Of course, in the market you can find two types: the normal, which will have green leaves with red undersides; and variegated, which has green and white leaves. Over time, the blade darkens.
And one more note, it is very easy to replicate.
If you’re a fan of orchids but haven’t wanted to bring them into the house for your pets, know that these are pet-friendly plants. That is to say, it will not harm your pets if they ingest it or touch it.
Orchids are a bit picky. You have to find a place where the sun reaches it but not directly. If you do, it can bloom all year round. When it comes to irrigation, what we’ve discovered is that less is more. That is, don’t water it too much, better a little every x days and it will stay healthier (a tip is to look at the roots it has, if you see its strong green color starting to s fade is lack of water Hold for 1-2 more days and water).
Unlike potho, which is toxic to pets, fern is the opposite. This is one of the pet-friendly plants that you can leave on a table without risking your pets getting sick. Or you could have it as a hanging plant.
It does not like direct light and prefers indirect light and little irrigation.
Although its ideal temperature is 18 degrees, the truth is that you can get used to being more or less cold.
When it grows, the volume of the leaves always attracts attention, especially hanging.
If you want pet-friendly plants that also bear flowers, in addition to the orchid, you have the African violet. It is a plant that gives flowers between purple and pink. It doesn’t grow much, just about 30 centimeters and its care is based on lots of light, moist soil and nothing else.
Can you imagine having a fruit tree at home? Well, you can do that even if you have pets. Concretely, the one we recommend is the lemon tree, which won’t cause you any problems (perhaps the only one that is ever bitten by its tips, but that’s it).
In exchange you will have a tree that can provide you with lemons without having to buy them in the store (and we had already warned you that they are richer).
Better known as Gloxinia, it is a very well-known plant in some countries, although you may not have heard of it. However, when you see it, you’ll want to have it because of the characteristic flowers it throws.
It doesn’t need a lot of indirect light and constant humidity (perhaps this is what gives you the most problems).
Do you remember a movie where a plant grew huge and its “guardian” had to provide it with “human” food because it was carnivorous?
Well, we are not going to tell you that the same thing will happen to you, but the Venus flytrap is one of the most curious and fun to have. And don’t worry, it won’t eat your cat or dog, but it will be curious to see what it will do when the plant closes its trap.
This pet-friendly plant is one of our favorites because if you see it for the first time, you’ll think the leaves were weaved or not “normal” .
It is in fact a climbing plant that needs humidity and light, but whose maintenance is very easy.
By this name you may not know it, but if we tell you lipstick plant, it may be. why is it called like that? Because the flowers it produces look like a tube of lipstick.
It will need light and a lot of humidity. In summer you can take it out, but never during the hours of strongest solar incidence, and better in partial shade than in full sun.
We could recommend more and more plants suitable for pets, but we think that with these you have a large repertoire. If quieres saber si una planta que te ha gustado es tóxica o no, el truco que usamos es poner sur nu (normal o científico) en Google acompañado de la palabra gato o perro y según los results podrás ver si es adecuada para tener con animaux or not. Do you recommend more?