I wrote a post about buying house plants yesterday, but I failed to mention house plants that are safe to have around pets.
Some of you asked for a post addressing that. So I’m doing that today.
Safe House Plants For Pets:
- African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
- Baby’s Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)
- Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)
- Banana Tree (Musa spp.)
- Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)
- Parlor Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepis)
- Calathea (Calathea spp.)
- Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
- Air Plant (Tillandsia stricta)
- Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
- Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)
- Peperomia (Peperomia spp.)
- Orchid (Orchidaceae)
- Mosaic Plant (Fittonia albivenis)
- Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)
- Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
- Purple Passion Vine (Gynura aurantiaca)
- Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
- Calathea rattlesnake (Goeppertia insignis)
- Staghorn fern (Platycerium)
- Money Tree (Guiana chestnut)
- Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus.australis)
- Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
- Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)
- Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
There are more, but I stopped the list here. If you’re wondering if a plant is toxic to pets, Google it and you’ll find out. Use trusted sources.
Ivy & House Plants:
Ivy does has never bothered my house plants, or she never has in the past. But I still keep house plants out of her reach if possible. She is pretty tall when she stands on her hind feet though, so I’m vigilant.
She might dig a little in the dirt, but that’s it.
My favorite house plants to grow indoors are the various pothos, ponytail palms, calatheas, prayer plants, snake plants, spider plants, and money plants. Of these plants, the pothos and snake plants are toxic to pets.
That’s not to say I don’t like other plants. There’s just too much to list here.
I’ve had the most luck with pothos, ponytail palms, prayer plants, snake plants, and money plants.
I think I tend to over water calatheas and spider plants, because they don’t seem to last as long as the others. I’m going to work on rectifying that.
One of you mentioned yesterday that you water your plants from the bottom. So I’m going to try that, because fungus gnats drive me crazy laying eggs on the surface.
I have missed the house plants I had before and gave to Maria for her mother. But it just wasn’t wise to try to deal with the plants I had when it was time to bring them indoors last fall.
At that time it was just months after my ankle surgery and I was barely getting around on my knee scooter. It’s now when I’m able to walk a little better that I think I can handle smaller house plants.
If there’s another plant I have not thought to mention here, please let me know in the comments and I will look it up.