You can have a pet and be a houseplant parent too! In a previous blog, “Becoming a Houseplant Parent”, we mentioned how plants are a beautiful addition to your home, but it is important to accommodate the needs of your pet. Certain plants can be toxic to a dog or cat that decides to nibble on it. There are numerous plants that will add color and warmth to your home, just be sure to choose one that is safe for your pet(s). Here are a few pet-safe plants to choose from.
⁃ African Violet. It is low maintenance requiring a 4-5 inch pot. Water it when the soil feels dry to the touch.
⁃ Boston Fern. It likes humidity and indirect light. A shallow 6 inch deep pot is best to keep the soil damp.
⁃ Prayer Plant. With its shallow roots, a shallow pot is best so the soil stays moist but not soggy.
⁃ Friendship Plant. It likes indirect light and needs a pot with drainage holes for the excess water to drain. This plant can be divided and shared!
⁃ Herbs – Rosemary, Basil, and Parsley. Pots with drainage holes are best to keep the soil from getting soggy. Basil will need a deeper pot to accommodate its long roots. Herbs love the windowsill to get the light they need.
Whichever houseplant you decide to bring into your home, remember to consider the safety of your pets! These are just a few pet-friendly plants to consider.
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