Top 10 Pet-Friendly Indoor Plants
Here at The Little Botanical, we love pets and so we understand how important it is for your botanical buddies and furry friends to be able to live happily side-by-side. But if you’re a long-time plant lover and a pet owner then we’re sure you already know that this isn’t always as easy as it sounds because there are some indoor plants that are toxic to cats and dogs.
From minor skin irritations to more severe sickness and diarrhoea, the exact ailments your pet may suffer will depend on several factors. This could include the plant involved and just how curious your furry friend was feeling. Given that plants are the 8th most reported pet toxin, and that they account for 6% of pet poison incidents, it’s definitely important for pet owners to know their way round indoor greenery.
The good news is that with the help of TLB, you absolutely don’t have to choose between your plants and your pets. In honour of ‘Pet Awareness Month’ which is ongoing from 1 April to 2 May 2022, we are doing our bit by drawing your attention to our pet friendly plant range. This makes it easy for you to create an urban jungle that won’t pose a threat to your four-legged friends.
We have made it super easy to browse and choose pet-safe plants with a dedicated section on our website. This week, we want to take it one step further by highlighting our top 10 pet-friendly plants, making it simple for you to enjoy some stylish greenery, safe in the knowledge that it can be enjoyed by the whole family. Read on for the full rundown.
TLB’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Indoor Plants
Top of our list is the Chinese Money Plant, also known by its botanical name; Pilea Peperomioides. Thought to bring good luck, this plant will also bring an abundance of elegance and style to your home. It has gorgeous, deep green, round leaves growing gracefully from long stems.
Keep your Chinese Money Plant happy with a light spot out of direct sunlight. Give him water once a week or so when the top layer of soil is dry.
2 . Calathea
Also known as the Prayer Plant thanks to the gentle prayer-like movement of the large colourful leaves which move upwards at dusk and open out again at dawn. We recommend placing this beauty somewhere that allows you to appreciate the stunning colours on display on both sides of the leaves. It’s a real feast for the eyes! For an extra wow factor, this striking beauty is also available in a bigger size.
Your Calathea will appreciate a partially shaded spot away from direct sunlight and some water once a week. They also like humidity, so if you’re in the mood for a botanical bathroom, this guy is a good choice.
3 . Areca Palm
This big, palmy, tropical beauty will get all the jungle vibes going in your home. There’s so much to love about this plant. Of course, his pet-friendly credentials are a huge plus for all pet owners out there. His spray of long, yellowy green, palm-like leaves will add a vibrant pop of colour to your interior, and with a choice of sizes and bespoke ceramic pots or cotton and seagrass belly baskets, this beauty will add an instant wow factor.
Give this gorgeous guy a well-lit spot but avoid direct sunlight as this can scorch his leaves. Water once a week when his soil is dry.
4 . Spider Plant
Channel some retro-chic with this next pick, the Spider Plant is a fab choice for those of you who are time poor or newbie plant parents as he is super easy to look after. He is available in a choice of bespoke stoneware and to really maximise those retro vibes, you could style him in a TLB handwoven, natural macrame plant hangers. A perfect space-saving solution for those cosy and intimate places.
Your spider plant will enjoy a bright spot away from direct sunlight, you could consider a kitchen or bathroom as he’ll benefit from the higher humidity. Give him water once a week, allowing his soil to dry out a little between waterings.
5 . Boston Fern
These feathery fronds are just purrrfect for playful paws. Here at TLB, we do love a Boston Fern as part of a plantscape, their distinctive shape and texture add real variety to a plant gang to really bring it to life.
Ferns can be a little trickier to care for than your average houseplant, but of them all, the Boston Fern is the easiest to get to grips with. Keep in mind that they love high humidity, so consider placing him in a kitchen or bathroom and mist him regularly. Avoid direct sunlight and water him regularly to keep the soil moist but not sodden.
Another pet-friendly fern option is this gorgeous Blue Star. His elongated stunning fronds are a soft, blue-green hue and will add fabulous contrast among any greenery you have on display. He is available in a choice of almond, charcoal or grey ceramics so will add instant style for you and your furry friends to enjoy.
Just like his Boston buddy, he is a fan of humidity so will enjoy being misted. He will appreciate slightly moist soil – avoid placing him in direct sunlight so that those luscious leaves don’t burn.
Another super option to consider for texture and interest is our range of succulents. Check out the gorgeous Haworthia, also known as the zebra plant thanks to the distinctive stripes on his spiky leaves. He is also a great choice if you are short on space. As with all succulents, he’ll add masses of style without taking up too much room. And as if all that wasn’t reason enough to ‘buy now’, he is also super easy to care for. He only needs a tiny bit of water under his leaves once every 1-2 months!
If you want a bang on-trend, trailing beauty that is kind to your pets, then look no further than this exotic String of Turtles. The tiny leaves on this beauty boast an adorable pattern that resembles a turtle shell, and they trail elegantly from their TLB bespoke ceramic; choose between grey with a copper accent or grey with a varnished base, whichever suits your space best! If you really do love the idea of a trailing display, why not partner him up with his little brother; the mini String of Turtles.
This green beauty originates from the tropical region of Ecuador. It will thrive in a bright spot with plenty of humidity. Give him water when the top layer of soil is dry, usually every 1-2 weeks and keep him out of direct sunlight.
9 . Mini Orchid
Colourful and long-lasting, Orchids are not just pretty, but pet friendly too! The perfect pick me up gift for a pet loving friend or to add a pop of colour to your own home – these beautiful little blooms will enhance any space. Enjoy the theatre of watching the blooms open. Coming in five different colours: orange, yellow, white, pink and mauve, you can choose the perfect indoor plant to match your interior.
If you are a lover of orchids, go check out the rest of our Orchid range.
Please note that as this is a natural plant, the pattern and colour of the Orchid may vary from the photos.
10 . Watermelon Peperomia
For variety and contrast in your pet-friendly indoor jungle, this last pick has been worth the wait. This stunning beauty has a uniquely beautiful pattern that resembles, you’ve guessed it, a watermelon. The distinctive two-tone pattern on these luscious leaves makes this pet safe houseplant a top choice in the style stakes too. And in even better news, he is long-lasting and easy to look after.
Simply pop him in a bright spot and give him water every 10 days or so. For more detailed information about caring for this fab, pet-safe plant, check out our care guide. It tells you all about how to look after your watermelon peperomia.
There it is, the rundown of our top 10 picks of indoor plants that will keep your pooch pals and feline friends happy. But before we go, we do have a couple more pet safe options for all you pet lovers out there. As you may know, here at The Little Botanical we do like an abundance of greenery to be on display, you just can’t beat an indoor jungle in our opinion! If like us, you too prefer multiple plants to display, and would like to give your furry friends their very own indoor jungle to play in, we have the solution for you! We have created two plant gangs especially for the pet lovers among you.
First up is the aptly named Pet Lovers Bundle. This is a trio of three indoor plants that have been specifically chosen thanks to their non-toxic status to pets. This plant gang combines the Calathea with a Haworthia and a Spider Plant, potted in gorgeous ceramics that are sure to complement your décor. Ready-made green style to keep you and your pets happy.
Alternatively (or as well as…), take a look at the Pet Friendly Plant Bundle which again combines three plants chosen especially because they are non-toxic to pets, but also because they combine a fab variety of green colour and texture for your home. This set contains a Spider Plant, a Boston Fern and a Medium Peperomia.
We hope you have found this blog useful for choosing the right pet-friendly plant for your home or office space. If you have any questions about our pet-friendly houseplant range, please do get in touch at [email protected]. And please tag us on insta in any snaps of your four-legged friends enjoying their greenery, we’d love to see them; @thelittebotanical.
Until next time plant, and pet people😉
Team TLB x