Can our pets coexist with our indoor plants? Good question. Even now, let’s make it clear when a plant dies, it can be easily replaced. However, our hairball is a member of the household itself: when he becomes ill, for example, there is general panic. We have such a great love for our pets that we can not spare on their health or safety. Moreover, when planning to install plants at home, the first condition is to first know if these plants are not dangerous to animals but also to children. Because some are very toxic and can trigger diseases. Prevention is better than cure …
You can convince us that your poodle is very intelligent and very well trained, you have no assurance that once his back is turned, he will not venture out to an attractive plant. Hop, it’s enough that he nips a small leaf for him to use a bad neighborhood: diarrhea, vomiting, palpitations, or worse. Why put it in front of the wolf’s mouth? To keep your dogs or cats safe, we’ve checked ASPCA’s Index of Plants Safe for Pets. Admittedly, these varieties are not necessarily edible, but they are certainly safe plants for our four-legged friends.
How do you give a touch of green to your decoration without poisoning your little pets? Discover without delay this selection of 10 amazing indoor plants that are both lush and non-toxic.
The Porcelain Flower (Hoya Carnosa)
Perfect for indoor cultivation: The so-called “Wax Flower” is distinguished by its green, oval and shiny leaves and its wonderfully fragrant star-shaped nectar flowers. The latter grow in waxy clusters that range from pink to white and produce a very delicate fragrant nectar. A great blessing that this plant is not poisonous. The advantage is that it perfectly tolerates very dry conditions and requires a little watering, once or twice a week in the summer. Of tropical origin, this perennial plant is easy to grow, can live a long time and thrives very well indoors. Small peculiarity: Unlike others, you should not remove your faded flowers because others may appear instead.
Venus fly trap (Dionaea Muscipula)
Known for its carnivorous nature, this plant is eerily beautiful, lined with eyelash-like teeth that bind together when triggered by prey. Be sure it does not eat any member of the family, but on the contrary will get rid of the flies and other small insects it feeds on. It is native to North America, just from the swamps of South and North Carolina, and it likes bright light and a humid environment. Captivating, the Venus fly trap is completely harmless to pets. Install it near a window, water it from time to time and give it at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.
A very aesthetically bold plant from the succulent family, the Haworthia reveals itself as a thornless cactus with long pointed leaves. This low-growing plant has characteristic white rivet bands on the leaves. Very easy to maintain, Haworthia needs only a little water and lots of indirect light. This plant thrives very well in humid conditions with good soil drainage. Its shape and size are similar to Aloe-Vera, but unlike this plant, it is safe for cats and dogs.
African violet (Saintpaulia)
With its fuzzy green leaves and annual flower abundance, the African violet is a member of the Gesneriaceae family. Depending on the many different shapes and colors, its flowers get a sumptuous glittering palette ranging from white, blue, yellow, pink, red or purple. Some are even sometimes variegated and very pleasant to look at. Ideally, it should be placed near an east- or west-facing window. The so-called “Queen of Indoor Plants” also develops under a temperature maintained between 18 and 24 ° C. Easy to grow, its flowers are not toxic to cats and dogs at all. The African violet is therefore perfect for anyone looking for a low-maintenance houseplant.
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston Fern is very popular for its frilly green leaves and is a classic beauty that brings a real touch of charm to any room. This plant grows best in a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. Not only is a fern very easy to care for, but as an added bonus, it is also safe for pets.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)
With burning, trumpet-shaped flowers in the middle of winter, Christmas cacti are a real addition to any home. They offer a very beautiful sight in winter with flowering in different colors. These succulents are very relaxed: they require little care and adapt easily to poor lighting conditions. Warning: If the leaves turn red, it means that the Christmas cactus is too exposed to the sun. It likes light but without direct sun. It is important to alternate between periods of light and dark to promote beautiful flowering. Also remember to keep the soil cool with regular watering. And the good news is that this plant is not toxic to animals.
Elghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)
A type of aerial plant, this fern grows best when mounted on a board and hung on a wall to take advantage of air and moisture. With its leaves resembling a moose’s horn and its impressive silhouette, it has a rather fascinating and intriguing appearance. As a living work of art, this plant has become very popular in home decor. Not to mention that it is not toxic or dangerous to animals at all!
The Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
As the name suggests, the parlor palm is the ultimate indoor plant. This palm is able to withstand low light and low temperatures and grows in clusters with its elegantly curved green leaves forming a feathery canopy. It also produces small yellow flowers that resemble mimosa, which turn into small berries. Originally from Mexico, also called “dwarf palm”, this plant grows in the shade and in the heat. It grows indoors and is easy to maintain. It is especially reassuring to know that this palm tree, which offers a true tropical touch to the surroundings, will not harm your hairballs. Place it in a bright room and let the soil dry out between waterings.
Guinea sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Adding a tropical touch to your home is a snap with this lovely plant. It thrives in direct light. Although it is difficult to care for when grown outside of temperate climates, she will reward you with bright and showy flowers once you have tamed her and know how to care for her properly. . Also called “Karkade”, originally from Africa, this type of Hibiscus also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and tonic properties.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
With grass-like leaves gracefully following, the spider plant is very hardy and able to grow under a wide variety of conditions. Its leaves variegated with cream form long supple hanging bands. This hard, dirt-repellent plant is perfect for hanging: it sprouts small spiders that wrap around the parent plant as if they were on a web. Provide a minimum of light without direct sunlight. The advantage is that this plant tolerates drought better than excess water. And it’s definitely for all your little buddies!
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