15 Pet Friendly Houseplants

Pets are part of the family! We want to keep them safe and healthy. At the same time, we want our indoor decor to be warm, inviting, and full of life.  Plants add so much to our indoor spaces. Through cleaning the air to living decor, houseplants should be beautiful and pet safe.  Here are 15 safe houseplants that can add life and drama to your decor.

1. Spider plant – Super easy and lovely in any room in your home.. Not only are they easy to care for, but they also grow well in low-light conditions and can help to clean the air in our homes.
**Spider plants are air purifying plants and safe for dogs and cats

2. African violet – Add an African Violet to a sunny spot and water when needed, and you will have perky flowers off and on for the entire year.

3. Palms – There are tons of different types of palms, and they make excellent indoor plants that are safe for cats and dogs. Areca, bamboo palm, parlor and ponytail are some of the most common.

4. Bamboo – Bamboo plants are not only one of the best pet friendly house plants, they add great drama and are easy to care for.

5. Boston fern – Garfield the cat made it very clear that Boston Ferns are non-toxic. Beautiful in a hanging basket or container, these ferns add an airy feel to a well lit area.  Ferns that are also safe are Maidenhair and Bird’s Nest.

6. Burros tail succulent (Sedum morganianum) – Even if your cat likes to eat plants, they may like to play with the little “tails” that occasionally fall off.  Burros tail succulents are safe, but when it comes to ensuring that other succulents are pet friendly house plants, it can be hit or miss. So make sure to search for each specific variety of succulent plant you grow.

7. Haworthia succulents – Cool looking, easy care, and pet friendly, even if they eat the leaves. (Which they probably won’t, but just in case)

8. Cast iron plant – The cast iron plant definitely lives up to it’s name; it’s one of toughest house plants out there. Not only are they beautiful, but they will thrive in just about any low or bright light room of the house. 

9. Bromeliads – Pet friendly and pretty! Bromeliads add color all year round in a sunny/part sunny spot in your home.  This is especially nice during the winter blahs.

10. Phalaenopsis orchids –  Orchids are not only safe, but the flowers make a beautiful edible garnish to an upscale meal.

11. Christmas cactus – Pretty much only available at Christmas time, snap up one of these pet friendly plants 

12. Peperomia – Super easy to grow, non-toxic, and there are lots of varieties. These pretty little leaves look great in a hanging basket or in a dish garden.

13. Prayer plant – Prayer plants are easy to grow and look great in a dish garden. The leaves tend to close up at night like praying hands.

14. Swedish ivy – Pet safe and look really pretty in a hanging basket.

15. Air Plants – Stash a few air plants around your home in a terarrium, picture frame, or just hang them from a fixture to add a little super easy care life to any area.

Would You Like To Sleep Better? And Breath In Your Home Better? 6 Plants For Your Bedroom

The air quality inside your home may not cross your mind as much as the air quality outside, but it is undoubtedly just as important. Poor air quality in your home can cause headaches, sore throat, and other common but annoying irritations.

Fortunately, scientists at NASA have conducted research and experiments on these issues. One of the most promising solutions found were the cleansing and purifying properties in houseplants!

No matter how ventilated your home or apartment may seem, pollutants from outside like car exhaust can still make their way inside and become trapped. These pollutants along with the chemical release of cleaning products combine and linger in your air. A simple and affordable way to combat these pollutants is adding some houseplants into your living space!

  • Plants cleanse the air by simply doing what they are designed to do; create oxygen. Through photosynthesis, plants draw in the dirty carbon dioxide in the air and releases oxygen. This process helps get rid of the three main indoor pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. The research done by NASA helped reveal six specific houseplants that help remove up to 90% of these toxins, making your air cleaner and healthier to breath.
  • Peace Lily plants are one of the most common houseplants on NASA’s list, and one of the most beautiful. Their big white blooms accent their dark green leaves, making them a great design component in your home. Peace Lily plants effectively remove all three of the main indoor pollutants, and they also remove ammonia from the air as well.
  • Snake Plants or “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” is known for being one of the easiest houseplants to maintain. This is due to their preference for drier conditions and low light. Snake Plants effectively remove all three main pollutants from the air, as well as another toxin called xylene. Put a Snake Plant in your bedroom! By improving indoor air quality and emitting oxygen at night, the Snake Plant can help you sleep!
  • Aloe Vera is a very famous plant because of its wide variety of uses. The clear liquid inside the leaves have been proven to be great for basic medicinal uses, such as an anti-inflammatory or as an antibiotic. In the NASA studies, Aloe Vera was shown to also be effective at removing formaldehyde from their air. Caring for an Aloe Vera plant calls for allowing about the top inch or two of the soil to dry out in-between watering. Aloe is great in your bedroom due to its air cleaning and oxygen emitting abilities.
  • Ficus Trees are rapidly making their way into popularity within recent years because they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making them a great design focal point. Like the others, Ficus trees remove all three of the main toxins. Keep your Ficus in bright, indirect light and let the soil dry out in between watering. This plant is perfect for your sunroom or bright kitchen.
  • Golden Pothos has beautiful marbled, heart-shaped leaves and is super easy to care for. Place a Pothos in your bedroom, bathroom, or family room to purify the air to aid with sleep and well-being. Pothos thrive in low light and once a week watering. This ivy-like plant makes a beautiful hanging basket and you can easily clip the vines to keep it manicured.
  • Dracaena plants come in as many as 40 different varieties, making them popular for both home and office due to their versatility. Like Snake Plants, Dracaena plants also remove all three toxins as well as xylene from your air.

To naturally clean your air, help with sleep, and offer an overall feeling of well-being, NASA recommend between 15 and 18 air-purifying plants in an 1800 square foot home, with a few of these in each bedroom.

 

For more information, please ask one of our knowledgeable staff members at The Family Tree Garden Center.
Blog by Lindsey Meade

Money Tree Prosperity

Have you ever heard the story of how the Money Tree got its name? It started with a man whose prayers for money were answered by obtaining this unique plant.  When he took the plant home, he discovered he could grow several more from the seeds and new stems. He soon became rich from selling the seedlings.  It is from this story that the plant was given its nickname: the “Money Tree.” The plant (and the story) originated in Japan. The Money Tree consists of several trunks braided together with green leaves sprouting from the top.

  • Braided Money Trees are often given as a gift because they have the reputation of bringing good luck and prosperity.  Generally, the more leaves the Money Tree has, the better!  While it is common to find money trees with five leaves on each stem, it is quite rare to find one with six to seven leaves. Like a four-leaf clover, a Money Tree with a seven-leaf stem is considered to bring incredibly good fortune to its owner.
  • Feng shui practitioners believe that the braided Money Tree creates positive energy for any room that it is placed in.  Following this belief, your Money Tree should be placed in the “financial” part of your home or office. (Make sure it is bright in that area) Each new leaf of the tree will then bring added financial blessing and success.  This plant is easy to grow and will thrive easily in your home or office.
  • The jade green leaves of the Money Tree grow in a pattern often compared with the human hand.  These five leaves are said to symbolize the five elements of balance in creation: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.  Each stem of the “braid” is a unique plant.
  • Money Trees are easy to care for. Simply water thoroughly then let the soil dry. You can tell if you are watering too much if the leaves become droopy and yellow. If the leaves are wrinkled or curled, you are watering too little. The main problem that we see with Money Trees is from overwatering.
  • Place your Money Tree in an area with bright indirect light. In areas with less bright light, your tree’s leaves may grow smaller, but they will adapt if needed. Avoid direct sunlight. In warm weather, your Money Tree may enjoy a little outside time in the shade. Bring your plant inside if the weather drops below 50 degrees.
  • Concerning fertilization, this tree does not need to be fussed over. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall with a quality time released fertilizer. Insects don’t seem to bother the Money Tree but if you happen to see whitefly or aphids, spray the leaves with Insecticidal Soap and wipe clean.
  • Propagation is best had from cuttings/side shoots and seeds. Often you will notice new shoots coming out of the trunks. You can simply place these shoots in moist, not wet, soil with Root Starter and they will grow well.

 

  • Find Money Trees and many other interesting houseplants at The Family Tree Garden Center.  Our knowledgeable, friendly staff is here to help with all your interiorscaping desires.