Low-Maintenance Pet-Friendly Houseplants

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Low-Maintenance Pet-Friendly Houseplants 

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Many pet owners seek low-maintenance, pet-friendly houseplants. Yet often, pets and plants don’t mix well. Sometimes, our pets become a casualty of a favorite plant.

Several plant varieties exist that you just cannot allow in contact with your furry friends for their wellbeing. But, what many people are unaware of is that there are still plenty of safe options available if you want to add some greenery to your home décor. There are even ways to prevent your cat from eating your plants or even your dogs!

The important thing is to pinpoint a few shrubs that fulfill your criteria and then stick to them rather than changing them up frequently. In this piece, we have put together a list of low-maintenance indoor plants that are pet-friendly, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Many are good air purifiers, so keep reading to learn more!

 

6 Types of Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Many houseplants can be considered indoor houseplants, but with our pets, we all know that it will be risky. And sometimes, we even got the houseplants that are high maintenance, so here are the lists of low-maintenance indoor houseplants that will amaze you. And it is even pet-friendly!

 

1. Spider Plant

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The spider plant, also known by a few other names, including airplane plant, and chlorophytum comosum, grows rapidly.  A wonderful natural air cleaner, the Spider Plant needs little care to keep it healthy.  While water is usually needed during the growth period, the spider plant must also dry out completely between different watering rounds.

With no specific sunlight and temperature needs,  you can place this plant just about anywhere in the house. This ensures you can find a spot where pets cannot damage their beautiful leaves.

For people who have a hard time keeping plants alive, a spider plant is perfect with its minimal sunlight needs and easy growth. It is a good accent plant and does well with hanging baskets too. Most importantly, your pet(s) can easily play around it without you having to worry about their health and safety.

 

2. Bamboo Palm

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Bamboo Palm

 

Like the spider plant, a bamboo palm provides great natural air-purifying abilities. Also, It is quite a popular option as an indoor plant because it grows easily and can be placed in both indirect and bright sunlight.

In care and maintenance, a bamboo palm doesn’t require much time or effort. You must water the plant when the soil’s surface becomes dry. Keep doing so until it has been appropriately and evenly moistened.

The only thing you have to be careful about is over-watering. Don’t leave the bamboo palm sitting in a pool of water. Keep a regular eye on the drainage to ensure there is no excess water around.

Aside from being low-maintenance and pet-friendly, it is a very good home décor option. With the ability to grow up to ten or twelve feet (three to five feet wide), the bamboo palm is nothing short of a visual delight. However, kept to a smaller size, they also make a stunning indoor plant as a pet-friendly houseplant.

 

3. Areca Palm 

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Areca Palm (Butterfly Palm)

For those who have space to fill indoors, the Areca palm is almost perfect. Its tree-like properties and big presence also make it a good air cleaner. However, you must be a bit more careful with an Areca palm when it comes to maintenance.

It has the potential to grow into a significantly large indoor tree, usually six to seven feet tall. This is when you need to exercise caution. Once it has grown, you cannot trim the plant back because the risk of killing or damaging it is quite high. Therefore, you must consider the potential height of the tree and choose an appropriately sized container from the outset.

Furthermore, Areca palms grow best in bright and indirect natural light. We recommend placing them near a window that faces south or west. Watering once a week is normally enough since the soil has to completely dry out before bringing the hose out again.

 

4. Echeveria

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Echeveria

 

For pet owners who prefer to have plants that will need minimal care, the Echeveria is ideal. It doesn’t need much water and is highly pet-friendly. The plant is considered drought-tolerant because it hardly ever needs water. It is also very good at dealing with other extreme temperatures like frost, blizzards, etc.

However, for proper care, you must provide your Echeveria with plenty of natural light while ensuring adequate moisture in the soil. As a decorative option, it is quite versatile, with various colors and sizes available. Besides, the shrub is pretty to look at, and you can even cut the offshoots to enable the growth of new plants from the trimmings.

 

 

5. Boston Fern

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Boston Fern

Many ferns aren’t safe for pets, but the Boston fern is an exception. It needs high humidity and indirect light; therefore, hanging it in the bathroom is a suggested approach. The atmosphere provides the humidity it needs, while most restrooms don’t have very bright lighting either. Simply put, the conditions are ideal for low maintenance of the plant.

If you choose to put your Boston fern in low humidity, you should set it up in a tray of water and pebbles or mist it a few times a week.

 

 

6. Ponytail Palm

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Ponytail Palm

Another wonderful home décor option, the Ponytail palm, is a succulent. However, it looks like a palm with its thin leaves and long trunk, which can store water. As a result, the plant can go without hydration for a long time. You only have to water it a few times throughout the winter months.

Ponytail palm does its best growth (as much as three feet) in bright light. On the other hand, any lighting conditions are fine because it is a very forgiving plant. This means that even if bright light isn’t available for half the time, it remains healthy.

Horticultural experts suggest keeping a Ponytail palm in bright light conditions for at least half the year. If that is possible, leave it in a low light surrounding for the remainder of the year. Put another way, if the plant is kept outdoors in the summer, then it can bear any low light environment during colder climes.

Many plants exist as options for pet owners on the hunt for low-maintenance and pet-friendly houseplants. These, known for their versatility, are easily available. You may find a neighbor has some to share, or you won’t have much trouble finding them at your local nursery. And this can even be a gift for you moms!

 

Conclusion

Now that you know all these friendly houseplants that are even low-maintenace, why don’t you try growing them? It is not only easy to grow but can also give lively  environment to your homes. Some even have benefits in your well-being and some can purify the air you breath. Grow these plants now and let your pets enjoy these too!

 

 

26 Comments

  1. Fiona Lau

    WONDERFUL post!! as a pet owner this is a great resource !!

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    • admin

      Thank you, Fiona. Please stop back often to enjoy our updates!

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  2. Sami

    Thanks for continuing my education for growing plants indoors.  The Pony Tail Palm has long been a favorite, and I sure didn’t know that putting it out in the warmer times of the year got it ready for a successful wintertime in the house with low light. So, I now know how to be nicer to my plant. They are lovely and at the moment,  we don’t have pets, so that is not a worry. 

    The spider plant is a pretty one too, and don’t have one at the present.  Maybe a trip to the market is in my future.  Thanks for sharing your information about these plants.  They are such fun ways to accessorize our homes.  Being reminded of how to care for these plants, and help them stay pretty is very helpful.

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    • Diane

      Hi Sami- 

      Yes, the Pony Tail Palm offers a bit of uniqueness to a home environment and is also quite functional for air quality. Spider plants have been very popular for decades as they are quite attractive and easy to care for. I’m confident you will enjoy both.

      Thank you for visiting; please stop back often!

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  3. Imelda

    Thank you 

    I have really liked your article as I must admit I like to have plants that are low maintenance as I am not the best person to look after them. I am learning thanks to you that there are so many health benefits to buying the right plant for the household and none more so than ensuring that it is also pet friendly which is something again that has never crossed my mind.

    It does really go to show that being armed with this kind of information will ensure that you make the right choices for having the right plants in the right places.

    Is there a particular place that is the best for buying these types of plants?

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    • Diane

      I am happy you found information to help you here, Imelda. I suggest going to your local garden center to find the right plant. We are assembling a list of internet sources, too, that will be available in the near future.

      Thanks for stopping by; please visit again soon.

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  4. Tackie Richie

    wonderful post, this is indeed a great resource for pets owners. i love the Echeveria plant, i think it is a beautiful resource for decors aside being pet friendly. i really do not prefer having the bamboo plant around, it can grow really tall and spread wide causing lots of withered shrub that can litre the environment. Thanks for your collections. 

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    • Diane

      Hello- I agree that the Echeveria offers great beauty to a home. And yes, Bamboo plants need to be contained to avoid becoming invasive. One type of bamboo plant (not actually a true bamboo) is an exception–we have an article on that coming up soon!

      Thanks for visiting. Please stop by again soon.

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  5. OGG

    Thanks for sharing!

    I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, and I’ve been looking for pet-friendly plants that I can put in my house for decoration. Glad to have stumbled across your website! I now have an idea on what plants I can put around the house that won’t harm my pets. Thanks!

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    • Diane

      I’m happy you found the information useful! You might include some fresh herbs that are safe for your pets to munch on, too.

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will return soon!

      Reply
  6. Paul

    I never have been much of a pet person, although I did have a cat a few years back, I see how important it is to focus on what you will have in your house and how it may affect your pet? 

    I don’t think that people take that thought into consideration nearly as much as they should prior do purchasing a pet and making the commitment.

    I think the topic was good and will help people in your niche. 

    Great post!

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    • Diane

      Thanks for your comments, Paul. While you might never have a pet in your home, the toxicity usually applies to children, too.

      Please share the information with your friends who might be interested.

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  7. mondayjosep

    Wow  thanks for sharing such a great and helpful information online I actually came across this website while doing research online and I think you have done a very thorough work on low maintenance  pet friendly houseplants this is one of the most thorough and laid down article I have read so far and I gain a lot looking forward to seeing more related posts like this in the future thanks 

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    • Diane

      Thank you, I’m glad you found the information useful. I hope you will visit again very soon!

      Reply
  8. Philebur

    Hello there thanks for the review it was really helpful. Well having a pet friendly houseplant is actually cool. The most interesting thing is most of these plants are not toxic especially the spider plant. But, the Spider Plant attracts cats in part because it is mildly hallucinogenic. Because cats are more likely to play with the plant, they’re more likely to eat it and, therefore, suffer from an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea

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    • Diane

      Yes, cats are indeed inquisitive and more apt to play with and chew on plants because of that. It’s good for the plant and for the pet if they are kept apart as much as possible. But it’s good to have plants that won’t cause major illness in our beloved pets if they do get a nibble in.

      Thanks for visiting our site. Please stop back again soon!

      Reply
  9. Thousand

    Heloo, it’s really nice visiting this site again. Anyways a big thanks to you for sharing this wonderful thought on low maintenance person friendly plants. It is really very important to consider the cost big maintenance of houseplants before  getting or growing them. For anyone who is Willing to get a low maintenance person friendly plant, this will really help. I love the Bamboo palm house plants it really does have a very low maintenance cost. 

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    • Diane

      Yes, the bamboo plant is a beautiful addition to a home and very affordable to keep.

      Thanks for visiting our site again, I hope you visit again soon.

      Reply
  10. evans

    hello Diana,

    thanks for sharing such an interesting review , and I’ve been looking for pet-friendly plants that I can put in my
    house for decoration. Glad to have stumbled across your website! I now have an idea on what plants I can put around the house that won’t harm my pet…

    thanks a lot for sharing such an informative review, I look forward to share it

    Reply
    • Diane

      You are very welcome and I’m glad the post helped you. Choosing plants for the home with pets takes a little time, but it is worth the effort.

      Thanks for visiting. Please stop back soon.

      Reply
  11. evansese

    hello dear

    so thoughtful of you to put up such an intriguing review on maintenance of houseplants, sincerely speaking I have searched several places on how best to maintain house plants but never did come across any detailed explanation as yours giving here…

    thanks a lot for sharing…have a nice day

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    • Diane

      I’m glad you found the information useful. Thank you for visiting and please stop back again soon.

      Reply
  12. edahnewton1

    Hey nice article you have there, your thoughts are indeed invaluable. Choosing plants that is easy to maintain and can go well with pets, needs thorough examination. Due to my love for nature, I have been wanting to have a house plants, but my pets has been a major constrain. Having stumbled into pet friendly house plants, I am overwhelmed. The bamboo plants really got my attention withh it’s amazing evergreen flowers

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    • Diane

      I’m happy you found the information useful. Yes, the Bamboo plant is a good choice and adds beauty to your home, too.

      Thanks for reading. Please visit our site again soon.

      Reply
  13. hillarydandy

    I do have two cats. On several occasions,  I’ve seen them playing with plants. There are many reasons your pets could be interested in your plants – they’re playing with them, they’re bored or they like the texture.Thanks for coming up with a list of stylish houseplants that are definitely safe for our furry friends. 

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    • Diane

      Yes, that’s true. Cats are quite inquisitive and will play with plants and sometimes taste them. I’m glad you found the post useful and hope you find plants that can be kept safely with your cats.

      I ask that you share with your friends who also have pets. Thanks for visiting and please stop by again soon.

      Reply

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