If you love to have plants in your home, you’ll want to make sure that they’re safe, especially if you have pets. Inquisitive cats and dogs can often chew or brush up against them, so you want to make sure that you’re not going to have a potential disaster on your hands. But never fear, there are many beautiful pet-friendly house plants out there that can be used to decorate and purify your home. We take a look at six of the best!
Many of us already have spider plants in our homes as they not only look great and produce lots of babies but they’re easy to care for too. Luckily, they’re pet-friendly, so even if your kitten decides to play pat-a-cake with a spider plant baby they’ll be fine. However, we suggest that you keep it out of the way on a high shelf to keep it and your kitten safe. Spider plants also have lots of air-purifying chlorophytum to help rid your home of nasty toxins.
Known for its masses of soft spears, the Boston fern not only purifies the air but adds fun and drama to any room. They do best in a humid area such as the bathroom or kitchen and don’t like too much handling. While they won’t cause any harm to pets, just like other plants, it’s best to keep them out of the way of prying paws and mischievous mouths.
Perfect for the shadier areas of your home, the leafy Calathea is pet-friendly and loves to be positioned with other plant friends. However, do check because some varieties of Calathea are not so pet-friendly. If in doubt, get in touch with us for advice but we can recommend Calathea Stromanthe Triostar with its striking, coloured foliage and Pinstripe Calathea that looks so perfect you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a fake. If you want a large plant to stand on the floor, you can’t go far wrong with a Calathea Rufibarba with its soft, velvety leaves.
Money may not grow on trees, but the money tree is right on the money when it comes to pet-friendly plants. With its crazy twisted trunk and shiny, green leaves, it’s hardy, it’s attractive and it’s perfect for anyone who often forgets to water their plants as it needs very little H2O. It’s also said to bring good fortune to your home!
Exotic and dramatic, palms are a wonderful feature for any home. However, you must make sure that the species you choose is pet friendly. Keep well away from Sago palms and opt for Parlour, Areca or Kentia palms instead. You may find that your kitty loves to chew on the large grass-like leaves of the Kentia palm, but don’t worry, it can’t harm them. Parlour palms are particularly hardy and won’t be phased if they’re knocked over by an over-enthusiastic puppy.
Blue Star Fern
We couldn’t finish our list without including the beautiful blue star fern. Its curly green and blue-tinged spear-like fronds have made it a firm favourite in recent years. It’s easy to look after although it will do best if you keep it in the steamy and humid atmosphere of the bathroom or kitchen where they’ll add texture and interest.
At Jacob & Roy, we stock a wide range of pet-friendly plants but if you need any further advice, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help you find the perfect plant for your home.