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The Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Pet Safe Indoor Plants

dog friendly plants for beginners

If you’re a pet parent, you know that it’s important to create a safe environment for your furry friends. This means making sure that they have plenty of places to play and explore, and that no hazards are lying around the house. Dog safe indoor plants are a great way to make your home more pet-friendly, and can help keep your dog healthy and happy! In this article, we’ll discuss why it’s important to have dog friendly indoor plants, how to find them, and some of our top recommendations.

A lot of pets love to chew plants, especially when they’re teething. Something to bear in mind before you bring your new puppy or kitten home is which indoor plants are pet-friendly. You’d be surprised to learn that some indoor plants are actually quite toxic to animals and can cause your pet diarrhoea, vomiting, and even death in rare cases!

Why is it important to have dog-friendly indoor plants?

There are a few reasons why it’s important to have dog-friendly indoor plants. First of all, dogs love to explore their environment, and they can easily get into trouble if any poisonous plants are lying around. Dog-safe indoor plants provide a healthy alternative for your dog to explore, and can help keep them safe from potential harm.

Second of all, indoor plants can help improve the air quality in your home. Dog-safe indoor plants can help filter out toxins and pollutants, which is especially important if you have a dog that spends a lot of time inside. Having healthy air for your pet is essential for their well-being, and can help keep them healthy and happy.

How to find dog-friendly indoor plants?

There are a few ways to find dog-friendly indoor plants. One of the easiest methods is to consult a plant guidebook or website that specializes in pet-safe plants. These guides will typically list common houseplants along with their potential risks and toxicity levels, so you can easily choose plants that are safe for your dog.

5 Pet Safe Plants For Your Home
5 Pet Safe Plants For Your Home

Alternatively, you can ask your local garden center or pet store for recommendations on dog-safe indoor plants. Most of these stores carry a variety of pet-safe plants, and will be able to help you find the perfect plant for your home.

If you’re a plant and animal lover like me, it just makes sense to replace your potentially poisonous plants with some pet-friendly ones. You don’t even have to leave your home. Just Google ‘online plant marketplace’ and browse at your leisure.

There’s plenty of plants to choose from, but here are my absolute top 7 favourite houseplants that are completely harmless to your furry friends.

My recommendations on which plants are safe for dogs

Some of my top recommendations for dog-safe indoor plants include:

  • Spider plant
  • Parlor Palm
  • Bird Nest fern
  • Boston Fern
  • Pilea
  • Calathea
  • Bromeliad

Each of these plants are non-toxic to dogs, and are a great way to keep your home safe and healthy!

1.  Spider Plant

spider plant
Spider Plant

Spider plants are a non-toxic indoor plant that contains ‘spiderettes’. Spider plant babies or ‘spiderettes’ are super cute and are easy to propagate. This beautiful plant has medium green leaves that are slightly curved and contain wide creamy stripes. Spider plants are 100% pet friendly and will definitely not cause any harm if chewed on.

It is simple to care for your spider plant. All they need is some indirect sunlight and occasional watering. I’d recommend watering once a week. Your soil should be well-drained and must be dry between watering. 

As mentioned, you can easily propagate spider plants by removing the ‘spiderettes’ once they reach 2 inches. Just plant them next to the mother plant and separate once they’ve rooted themselves into the soil.

2.  Parlor Palm

parlor palm
Parlor Palm

Parlor palms are pet-friendly indoor plants that have deep green, dense, and feathery foliage. You can safely keep your Parlor palm on the floor as occasional nibbles won’t make your furry friend sick. This bamboo-like plant will develop ridges on its trunk as it ages and can reach 10 to 12 feet tall if well cared for. 

Parlor palms do well in low-light conditions and thrive in filtered sunlight. They cant tolerate waterlogging, so only water them when the soil feels dry to touch. Parlor palms prefer moderate humidity levels, so it makes them ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and lounge rooms. Be aware that prolonged dry periods can cause the fronds to yellow. 

Unlike some of the other plants on this list, Parlor palms will only grow from seed. So unfortunately you can’t propagate from a stem or leaf cuttings. But it does produce beautiful yellow flowers in spring.

3.  Bird’s Nest Fern

bird's nest fern
Bird Nest Fern

The Bird’s nest fern is another great pet safe indoor plant. No need to worry if your dog or cat is attracted to the fluttering leaves of the bird’s nest fern, it’s non-poisonous and pet-friendly. The Bird’s nest fern boasts evergreen, shiny, and wide leaves that gently unfurl from the center, giving it a nest-like appearance. 

Bird’s nest ferns thrive best in filtered sunshine. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. An east or north-facing window is the best place for your bird’s nest fern. Bear in mind that these ferns demand even soil moisture levels, but dislike soggy soil. Mist your bird’s nest fern regularly and make sure it lives in a high humidity room.

4.  Boston Fern

boston fern
Boston Fern

The Boston fern is a non-toxic houseplant that has lovely drooping green fronds. Their leaves naturally appear like ruffles that look beautiful in a hanging basket. The Boston fern is commonly considered safe if your pets mistakenly ( or purposely ) munch on its leaves.

Boston ferns demand regular watering and equally moist soil. To maintain this indoor plant, I’d recommend misting it regularly. You should also keep your Boston fern in a cool place. It doesn’t need to be exposed to direct sunshine. Morning sun is preferred over the afternoon sun, which may cause the fronds to burn. A north-facing window is an ideal location for your Boston fern to thrive.

5.  Pilea

pilea
Pilea

The Pilea is a pet-safe house plant that has uniquely flat and round leaves. This pet-friendly plant is also commonly called the Chinese money plant. Keep rotating and changing this houseplants location so it can develop its iconic symmetrical shape.

Pilea is considered a succulent plant, so it grows best in direct sunlight. A warmer temperature is also a good idea to encourage your Pilea’s growth. This plant likes being saturated with water every now and then. But you should make sure the soil dries out again before watering. 

You can easily propagate Pilea plants by separating their offshoots and planting them in soil. If you already have a Pilea plant, you will never need to buy another one.

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6.  Calathea

calathea
Calathea

If you share the inside of your home with your pets ( and I hope everyone does ), you can rest at ease with an indoor Calathea plant. Calathea’s are a popular non-poisonous houseplant that can add a really nice pop of colour to any living space. They boast some beautifully patterned leaves that are commonly seen on natural beauty packaging. The Calathea will uniquely lift its leaves at night and then lower them during daytime. 

Watering should be done more often if it’s in bright light and less frequently if it’s in low light. On average, I’d recommend watering your Calathea every week or so, when most of the soil has dried out. Calathea’s requires high moisture levels, so you can either mist them regularly or keep them in a humid room. Calatheas prefer temperatures between 18°C and 30°C. To avoid cold damage, keep the temperature above 15°C.

7.  Bromeliad

bromeliad
Bromeliad

Bromeliads are safe for any pet and can add an exotic touch to your home. They’re easy to grow and are very colourful. This low-maintenance plant has a unique appearance that’s noticeably eye-catching. The thick foliage grows like a rosette and it only produces flowers once in its lifetime. Each variety of Bromeliad has a different coloured flower. 

Bromeliads flourish by adding new leaves to the plant’s core. The core can get congested at times, so it’s important to prune back any damaged leaves to encourage new ones. In regards to watering, the Bromeliad is drought resistant, but cannot tolerate over-watering. If you overwater your Bromeliad, it can lead to root rot.

A shallow pot or container with proper drain holes is recommended for your Bromeliad. Further, Bromeliads can withstand a broad range of sunlight. Some plant parents swear by strong, indirect light, while others say little to no light is best. In my experience, most varieties prefer bright sunlight, however, it’s best to test out each condition for yourself. 

In conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to make your home more pet-friendly, consider adding a few dog-safe indoor plants to your collection! They can help improve the air quality in your home, keep your pet safe from harmful toxins, and provide a fun place for your dog to explore. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the perfect plant for your home and your furry friend!

About the Author

Adam is a plant dad, dog lover, and entrepreneur. He started an online plant marketplace called UpPlant in early 2021. UpPlant is the very 1st of its kind and is based in Australia. It allows fellow plant people to buy and sell plants online; easily and securely.

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