Top 5 Pet Friendly Low Maintenance Plants
Since adding a new puppy to our family two weeks ago, I've spent a lot of time moving plants out of reach, and even removing a few from our home altogether! Luckily most of my plants are pet friendly, meaning they are non-toxic to pets. So I thought it was a good time to share with you my top 5 favorite houseplants that are pet friendly. And, if you know me at all, you know these are also low maintenance, because, well that's all I can handle!
I couldn't pick just one Hoya, and all are non-toxic, so why choose?! I might have over 20 varieties in my personal collection, but who's counting? All Hoyas produce beautiful clusters of flowers and have thick, waxy leaves giving them the nickname "wax plant" or "wax flower". Check out all of the beautiful varieties we have in stock here!
#2 String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii
The vines are like thin wires with marbled, heart shaped leaves that can withstand neglect, dry air, or drought! Happiest in bright indirect light, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
#3 String of Turtles, Peperomia prostrata
An adorable hanging plant with tiny leaves that look like turtles...what's not to love! Happiest in bright indirect light, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
#4 Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium nidus
One of the easiest fern varieties, Bird's Nest Ferns don't need to stay moist all the time and can tolerate low light making them a fan favorite!
#5 Star Cactus, Haworthia retusa 'Green Giant'
A small, slow-growing succulent with triangluar-shaped translucent leaves. These guys like to completely dry out between waterings and enjoy bright light, direct or indirect.
If you already have plants at home and aren't sure if they are safe or not, check out the ASPCA's toxic and non-toxic plant list here. Keep in mind you'll need to search by the plant scientific name (Genus & Species) rather than the common name because some common names are applied to more than one species of plant. And on that note, if you're not sure about a plant it's a good idea to keep it out of reach of your pet, especially young pets! I didn't have to worry about my cat, Rowdy or my dog, Chico at all, but along came Hazel and the puppy in her wants to chew on everything!! The last thing we want is to end up in the animal ER trying to figure out what she might have eaten! Has this happened to you and your pets? I sure hope not! If we always use caution when keeping plants around pets we'll keep our fur babies happy and healthy!