Health & Wellness

10 Pet-Friendly Houseplants That Still Have The Wow Factor

By Odie Blog Editors on January 24, 2020

Indoor plants are a gorgeous way to add some color to your home. However we all know Odie sometimes has a habit of eating things he’s not supposed to. So, how do you decorate your apartment with greenery while keeping a safe environment for your dog or cat?

We’ve put together a list of beautiful house plants that will still give you place that “wow” factor without compromising your pet’s safety.

#1 Areca Palm

If you love the look of big, beautiful plants in design magazines, you can still get the bold look with the Areca palm. It’s a fantastic looking plant that is not only non-toxic to dogs and cats but one of the top purifying plants.

#2 Dwarf Banana

Another dramatic statement tree for your home or apartment is the Dwarf Musa Banana plant or the Dwarf Cavendish. They can grow to about 6 feet tall and thrive in warm, low-humidity conditions with a lot of light. While they are non-toxic to animals, their leaves can easily rip so try to discourage pets from gnawing on them.

#3 Spider Plant

Spider plants are easy to care for plants that are pretty adaptable to most home environments. Cats in particular seem to go crazy for their long leaves so consider hanging them in a macrame hanger or keeping them in an out of reach spot.

#4 African Violet

These are some of the most popular houseplants because they require very moderate temperatures and light and only need to be repotted every 6-12 months. Plus, they instantly brighten up a dull area with its wide range of beautiful colors.

#5 Boston Fern

Another lovely air purifying plant, the Boston Fern offers a touch of green to areas that get indirect sunlight. They prefer it! As long as you keep the soil moist, not soggy, and in standard room temperature, they’re pretty easy to care for. But again, cats and dogs love the fluffy, long leaves so just keep them from constantly chewing on it.

#6 Haworthia (Zebra Plant)

If you are into bringing succulents into your home, the Haworthia aka Zebra plant is a great go to. They have a very cool, distinct look similar to an aloe plant but isn’t toxic to animals. Haworthia loves bright light, but not direct sunlight, and a pot that allows adequate draining.

#7 Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis are wonderful houseplants because they are readily available all year round and last a very long time. And, they are absolutely stunning. Getting the watering technique down is a bit of a headache for new orchid owners — but it’s only every 7-10 days, so not a huge deal.

#8 Cast Iron Plant

Sturdy, hardy, and great for beginners. Cast iron plants bring a lively green color to any room and are virtually impossible to kill. They are great in areas with little light and can survive between 45-85 degrees Fahrenheit. They are a bit slow to grow but they offer so much flexibility it’s worth it.

#9 Bromeliad

Bring in the tropical vibes to your abode with a Bromeliad plant. Not only are they stunning but they are completely pet-friendly making them a very attractive choice. When these plants reach maturity, they begin to produce offsets called “pups”. Very fitting.

#10 Calathea Rattlesnake (Prayer Plant)

These are some of the coolest looking plants around and are incredibly paired with modern furniture. They only require watering every 1-2 weeks and thrive in areas with indirect light. What we love about them is that their leaves raise and lower throughout the day like prayer hands!

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