Nothing adds beauty to a home like houseplants, and they even clean the air inside. But you may have thought that having a pet pretty much ruled out having plants inside. Good news! Just because you love your pets doesn’t mean you have to live in a drab, plant-free home. Here are some plants that will let you enjoy some green indoors without having to worry about the safety of your pets.
These safe, easy-to-grow plants make a dramatic statement in any room with long, spikey leaves. Spider plants simply thrive next to windows. Their hanging green tendrils make them great in hanging pots. Plus, you should allow the plant to dry out between watering days. That means you have plenty of time in case you forget to water it. Best of all, the spider plant is known for removing formaldehyde, which is found in foam insulation, plywood, even grocery bags, facial tissue, and paper.
Chlorophytum comosum Common name: Spider Plant. Photo by Mokkie.
If you’re looking to add a touch of the tropical to your home, one of the safe and beautiful choices available is the areca palm. The palm is easy to care for. Just be careful not to over-water it. Like many of these indoor plants, the areca palm is known for its terrific air-purifying abilities.
Dypsis lutescens. Common name: Areca palm. Photo by Mokkie
Bromeliad For that perfect splash of color to brighten up any room, a bromeliad may be just the plant. This tropics-born flower thrives with indirect light and moderately humid conditions which aren't too chilly. Best of all, the exotic look of the bromeliad means your friends will be amazed at your green thumb!
Guzmania. Common name: Bromeliad. Photo by Foto-Rabe
Here’s another exotic eye-catcher! The zebra plant is certain to become a conversation piece in your home. The plant’s dark, wide leaves striped with striking ivory veins to create a zebra effect are in contrast to its large, cone-like, yellow flower, and the effect is incredible. The plant does well in normal household temperatures.
Aphelandra squarrosa. Common name: Zebra Plant. Photo by Mokkie.
This well-known and pet-safe plant is a great addition to any home. The plant effectively removes chemicals like formaldehyde and humidifies as well as acts as a general air purifier. The Boston fern likes bright light and slightly damp soil but can also tolerate drought or limited light. These are just some of the pet-friendly, attractive and useful plants available. For more choices, you should check the ASPCA’s website at www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. As you can see, it is easy to live happily with pets and houseplants. You just have to get to know your plants. Some houseplants may only cause some mild irritation if eaten. However, other plants may bring on major illness or even death. By taking a little time now to get to know your houseplants, you can save a life or least some irritation later.
Nephrolepis exaltata. Common name: Boston Fern. Photo by bfishadow.