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10 June 2019 | 4 min read

8 Houseplants That Are Safe For Your Pets

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When you have pets at home, it is natural to want to keep them safe and warm, especially from elements that are dangerous for them. And since there are many plants that may prove to be fatal for your pet, it is important to ensure that all the greenery you surround yourself with is non-toxic and will not harm your curious critters, even if they take a small nibble.

Of course, ingesting any plant might still give them a stomach ache, so like a good pet parent, keep an eye on them and make sure they do not chow down an entire plant for dinner. Also, Pepperfry offers free consultation with interior designers, so that you can craft better living spaces for yourself and your pets. The best part? You can use your digibank debit card and avail big discounts as well.

Go ahead and get these pet-friendly plants that are safe for both you and your pets.

Bird’s Nest Fern (GI)

Many people do not buy this plant as they think that it requires a lot of care, in terms of sunlight and water. However, bird’s nest fern does very well in low-light situations and since it grows on almost all surfaces from tree trucks to buildings, you have the option to pot it or fix it to a plank and hang on a wall.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives low to medium sunlight, every day.

Parlor Palm

The word palm might invoke in your mind images of sunny and balmy climate but parlor palm plants are pretty resilient to surviving indoors. It can grow up to sex feet tall if given the right amount of care. A word of caution – don’t repot it too often as its roots get used to a particular environment and do not change.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives low to medium sunlight, every day.

Spider Plant (GI)

Another variety of plant that can thrive with minimum care while also keeping your pet some company is the spider plant. It is known as spider plant because they tend to sprout spider plant babies, which you can easily pick and release into some water or soil.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives medium to bright indirect sunlight, every day.

Calathea Rattlesnake (GI)

A cool plant not just because it is pet friendly, but also because it has some killer stripes, this plant has some spectacular movements as well. This is because due to a flux of water pressure in the nodes at the base, the plant raises and lowers its leaves from day and night.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives low to bright indirect sunlight, every day.

Xerographica Air Plant (GI)

Although all air-plants are pet friendly, the xerographica air plant adds an interesting look to any room décor. That’s not all. These plants don’t need to be rooted in soil, so you can easily mount them anywhere in the room/balcony.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives bright direct sunlight, every day.

Haworthia Zebra

Always forget to water your plants? Then fret not because this Haworthia Zebra plant is just for you because it is used to desert conditions. Add to that, they are closely related to aloe, which means you can cross-breed it and create hybrid plants as well. Just make sure that the plant receives a lot of sunlight and water it once in a few weeks.

Care instructions – Water the plant once in 2-3 weeks and make sure it receives bright direct sunlight, every day.

Echeveria Lola

Literally growing out of cracks in rocks, the Echeveria Loha is a great fit for almost all homes. Even though it is found in large numbers in its natural habitat, it is easy to look after, besides being a safe option for pets as well.

Care instructions – Water the plant once in 2-3 weeks and make sure it receives bright direct sunlight, every day.

Swedish Ivy

Image courtesy – Pexels

Perfect to be used as hanging plants, Swedish Ivy is a good fit for homes that have pets. It can handle low light and as long as you remember to water it once a week, it will flourish pretty well.

Care instructions – Water the plant weekly and make sure it receives bright indirect sunlight, every day.

All image courtesy – Getty Images

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